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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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I'm gonna throw this out there about perceptions and bad actors - I avoid the LFP north of Roose at all costs. I hardly ever ride in Milwaukee north of Chicago Ave. Most cyclists I see are fairly courteous and good at falling the rules or at least communicating their actions predictably. I can't imagine riding LFP between the loop and Belmont. I've always ridden Clark, Wabash, Wells, sheesh, I'd take Dearborn over the LFP.

I am riding eastbound on Washington just before the Metra station. You are in a Jeep and honk. You honk again. There is not much traffic. I am in the far right lane  and after the third honk I realize you want me to  move over.  I am not sure why you need for me to do this as you can get to my right and be in the turn lane or you can pass me on the  left. You are bigger than me and I reluctantly move over.  A half block  later you make a right turn.  I restrain myself and spit the loogey on the street. My right hand middle finger does extend as my id cannot contain its desire to bid you a good morning.

We all need to behave.  Riders and drivers should behave and get along.  Hate only causes problems.  Let it go and move on!!

You're headed south on Winthrop (one-way south bound). 

I've been following at a respectable distance (I'm in no rush) since Foster toward Lawrence. 

You come up to Ainsle (one-way east bound) and take a right (aka, the wrong way). Ok, whatever. You do you. It's a shortcut to B-way Market. I wont judge (much). 

BUT NO! You're not done. It's not really a right turn -- it's suddenly a U-turn and before I can react -- you're directly in front of me. 

I jam on the brakes but there's no avoiding t-boning this fella. Luckily he's aware enough of his error/dumbassery to apologize to me and we're both ok, still standing and I'm just slightly shaken. 

In the spirit of Wuffie's post, although this occurred some years ago:

Me: riding down E. Jefferson in Detroit towards downtown. Half of the road is blocked off for repaving or something.

You: driving towards downtown in a silver Dodge Stratus.

You pass me, then brake and turn left in front of me. Not disastrously closely, but fairly dangerously. Then you pull over into the marked-off area and wait for me. As I pass, you roll down your window and apologize for almost hitting me.

I still remember this!

So ... yesterday, for the 2nd time this year, someone intentionally let about half the air out of my front tire while locked up at work in the NBC Tower garage. It's apparent it was intentional, especially the first time. I'm pretty sure I know exactly who did this and it's likely because I had to move their bike over a few inches to get my wheel in the rack. Seriously??? The racks here are abysmal and cramped and people often lock their bikes at weird angles just to get in. So if this is you and you're reading this then you are a spoiled brat and a coward. I'm still debating going to security to ask to review the video. Either way I'm fucking warning you now not to touch my bike in that manner again. 

Sorry that happened, dude!

Once, I nudged a bike very slightly and carefully so I can lock up on the other side of the rack and later that day I found my bike was pushed off and had the front wheel bent as it was locked up to my frame. Too bad I didn't pay close attention as to which bike it was.

Nowadays, I take a photo of all bikes I lock-up next to.

Where is our sunshine?!  It's July.  Oh well, I guess we can make the most of it.

To the Lexus SUV behind me in the turn lane on Lawrence,

I'm sorry that, when the light changed, I wasn't able to accelerate fast enough for you while making my left turn onto Ravenswood (uphill, loaded with camping gear), but under what conceivable theory did you imagine that it would be a good idea to try to pass me in the turn on my right? Did you not realize that I'd be heading for the right side of Ravenswood as I came out of my turn? And if you were in such a hurry that you had to attempt a dangerous illegal pass in the intersection in a thunderstorm, why did you then stop in the middle of Ravenswood twenty yards up the road? Your psychology is a mystery to me.

It's time to hold the lane, in the center, at a light. S/he would have to run you over before you positioned yourself. I would take my chances.

To the slow as hell looking for a parking spot Range Rover driver, I couldn't pass you on the left because you sped up, nor the right as you kept weaving in and out of the bike lane so I followed you in full view of your rear view mirror at 5 mph then you decide to stop right now!
Then of course when we made eye contact had no idea there was anyone else in the world.

To all of the Milwaukee Avenue commuters: I get the urge to run the red light SB at Elston, I really do. And I have no issue with you all doing it, except for those of you who refuse to yield to the Elston traffic that actually has the right of way. Please be considerate and allow the Elston traffic to proceed, even if that means you have to actually come to a stop. Thanks!

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