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Share your pics, videos, streets, stories of what you find in the bike lane of the non-bike variety that has an impact on your ride and/or your safety. I've decided to keep it a little more open ended - cars, snow, buses, garbage, cabs, etc. If they shouldn't be in the bike lane, go ahead and add it to this thread. Please be safe if you are taking pics or video! :-) 

My hope is that we can collectively build some evidence of what we see when riding in the city with the overall hope of better enforcement of "bikes only" and improving maintenance. 

Update: More Hashtags to Capture Vehicles in the Bike Lane

With popular hashtags:

#LaneSpreading (Chicago Bike Selling)

#ClearTheWay (ActiveTrans), there are many options to capture violations.

We think you should use ALL of them AND post your photos on The Chainlink. ;-)

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I use this bar mount (for bars 30-32mm) because the bar mount that came with the camera was too small for my bars. I leave my bike parked outside downtown during work so I screw and unscrew the waterproof case/camera each ride (when I pick up my son ~5 mins I just take the camera out and leave the case screwed in). 

I tried to find a helmet mount but no luck. I use a Bern helmet and couldn't find a good mount area/system. (Plus, I look around a lot! I'd have a ton of video of puppies on sidewalks in low traffic areas... Or who knows what when I am stopped at a light!)

I just looked again and this one is 35 bucks, I might get another one and have it rear facing.

I picked up one of these off ebay at a steep discount. It's a pretty nice cam, though if you really want to record audio* this might not be the best option.

*Audio is picked up--but with a handlebar mount, it mostly picks up creaks of the bicycle and whirring of the tires. When I'm stopped I can hear the complaints of the motorists just fine.

In case anyone else was re-routed from the SEGREGATED BIKE LANE on Milwaukee Ave between Grand & Chicago today. I called police and his delivery company. He had to pull into the bike lane 2 blocks away, and another block and a half to get out...

Happy Friday everyone. Another smooth ride in today. No warning on Kinzie that they closed the bike lane right after the bridge and poured fresh tar over the same lane. So anyone know how to remove tar from bike tires? Or am I shopping this weekend?

I've rolled over fresh pavement accidentally on a couple of occasions. Typically once it cools, it brushes/rubs off fairly easily, but I'd recommend doing so while wearing a bike glove or something similar, as it's a bit rough. 

Goo gone (use lightly and slowly; in other words, don't pour a bunch on, dab at the spot(s)).

Prep sol works great. Wipes right off and keeps the paint intact.

Interesting find while digging around city's Bike Lane laws:

Dated Aug. 2016. Printing a few out for my ride home tonight. Let's see how this goes.

So I reckon the city could make a couple of thousand over a weekend at each car wash.  Alderman Laurino's office is yet to respond regarding the use of bike lanes by businesses.

Also was lucky enough to find one of our city's finest probably making a personal call whilst driving one handed.

Steetsblog published a helpful list of who to contact and hashtags today.

This group of people was blocking the dearborn bike lane as I walked by it today. They told two cyclists to "f off and that the cyclists need to watch out for them."

Nice work capturing the "caution bike lane" sign in the picture.


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