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You blew the red light east bound on Lawrence at Damen at 5:26 pm this evening.

 

There was enough time for the biker in front of me to make it half way into the intersection, northbound on Damen, before you came whizzing past my front wheel.

 

I yelled "You're an idiot!" at your big haired chick, self, and you looked back at me. I meant it!

 

I woulda testified for any of the cars, that managed to not kill you, if they had.

 

Keep riding like a tard!

love,

gabe

 

Witness bad behavior during your commute? Feel free to post. Maybe that lovely human can read it and think they are famous. Maybe you can also inspire the whole generation of kids to shower but we can start with small things.

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You: Two Divvy bike riders, Michigan Avenue Northbound at Ontario, 5:15PM last Friday

    Riding in the center of the center lane, buses and cabs to the right, hair blowing in the breeze as you cruise down Michigan Avenue.

    The light turns green for us pedestrians to cross Michigan Avenue, the first of you blows through the intersection. Dumb, okay, dumb, as the traffic going west on Ontario has the green.

    As I reach the center lane of traffic, just after a 147 mega bus that is stopped at the light in the curb lane, #2 rider almost leaves me on the pavement as you follow the first guy through the same intersection.

ME: Too shocked to say anything spicy or quip (I really thought you were done for, I don't know how you made it across that intersection without meeting a bumper)

  " HELLO!  RED LIGHT IDIOT! They are for bikes too!"

Can we refer to this discussion if we all want to debate about shoaling?

Bikers that always cut to the front of the line, repeatedly....


h' 1.0 said:

I am not getting why discussion of shoaling does not fit the format of this discussion, but near misses do?

Well, I witnessed quite a few purely di*k moves on the ride home today- too many to even mention.

But the #1 King Supreme was this driver on Damen.

Me; Abruptly pulled over because a fire truck had just flipped on lights and siren and was pulling out of the station. You know, to probably save lives or something. Most drivers got the memo.

You; With a carload of people inside your craptastic little beater decided instead of at least stopping, to just swerve into the oncoming lane around the behemoth emergency vehicle nearly getting t-boned and infuriating the driver.

I predict a Russian dashcam encounter in your near future.

4:45 near Belmont Harbor:

I've seen that happen personally three times this year.  Someone should really just paint some lines across the path there to remind tourists they shouldn't be turning.

Tourists, nothing.  There was a taxi on the path this morning.

?!?

Lisa Curcio 6.6mi said:

Tourists, nothing.  There was a taxi on the path this morning.

I'm still shaking from this one. I have experienced plenty of altercations with people driving cars over the years but today was easily the scariest. 

Riding westbound on Chicago Ave, taking the right lane at about 4:15pm today. As I'm approaching Halsted, you, crazy van lady, approach way too fast from behind with your horn blaring. I look back and you're waving me over to the right, foaming at the mouth and screaming incoherently. I shake my head and continue on. But you don't stop. You get within inches of my back tire and continue to scream and honk. You merge left and get on my left side, then try to force me over, swerving at me dramatically. Traffic prevents you from making it all the way over. This repeats itself over and over again. Trying to run me off the road. Trying to kill me, presumably.

I was terrified and angry at the same time. I'm embarrassed that I lost my cool and screamed back at you, responding to every FU** YOU with it's own FU** YOU. I calmed down enough to tell you that I'm just trying to get home, that my presence isn't slowing you down at all since traffic is bumper to bumper. I tell you I'm a living, breathing human and I wish you would try not to end that. Things got ugly, but at least you seemed to enjoy that yogurt you were eating. 

Damn. Sorry to hear. So, police report? Someone like that has got no place on the road.

Regarding cars (even police cars!) parked in bike lanes:

Here is the part of the Municipal Code of Chicago that pertains to this:

9-40-060 – Drivers must not park, stand or drive a vehicle in any bike lane (MCC)

I think there's a fine for this, if it would ever be enforced.

Steve

I called police but after 15 minutes on hold I gave up. Oh well, at least y'all know to look out for that van driven by a construction-working, yogurt-loving crazy lady. (Assuming construction because of the dirt, baggy jeans, and head-adorned handkerchief)

I'm more worried that someone's recording of it will go viral and people will hear my vulgarities. 

Tandemonium said:

Damn. Sorry to hear. So, police report? Someone like that has got no place on the road.

Considering police cars regularly park at the edge of intersections or on the curb when occupants go for dinner there's not much chance a car left in the bike lane will be addressed any time soon.

Steve Weeks said:

Regarding cars (even police cars!) parked in bike lanes:

Here is the part of the Municipal Code of Chicago that pertains to this:

9-40-060 – Drivers must not park, stand or drive a vehicle in any bike lane (MCC)

I think there's a fine for this, if it would ever be enforced.

Steve

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