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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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OK, I just submitted my first report. I really should find the time to submit the ~75 incidents that have occurred over the past few months.

Any chance bike lane submissions will come soon to see-click-fix or ChicagoWorks? Would be really nice to not have to fill out that clunky form every time. Is there a way to request additions to those apps?

Hopefully they do get added.

Here's a link to the contact page of SeeClickFix:

I will put a request in through that link. And, suggest others do the same. It will make reporting so much quicker, easier, and more thorough. You could easily include pictures.

I put in the request, but their support group reported that the City of Chicago has not made the request type available through the open 311 endpoint for Chicago 311. The only request types supported at this point are:“Abandoned Vehicle”, “Alley Light Out”, “Building Violation”, “Graffiti Removal”, “Pavement Cave-In Survey”, “Pothole in Street”, “Restaurant Complaint”, “Rodent Baiting / Rat Complaint”, “Sanitation Code Violation”, “Street Cut Complaints”, “Street Light Out”, “Traffic Signal Out”, “Tree Debris”.

So, where do we go from here?

I'd use “Rodent Baiting / Rat Complaint” for now. :-)

Same reply I received.

It's up to the city to allow these types of requests through open 311.

I'm not sure who would be a good contact at the city.

1841 W. Ogden - CTA Medical District Blue Line - 04/05/2017 7:05am

Sadly the City of Chicago hasn't made the new reporting options available via "Open 311"

If there's anyone at the City that can make the new bike lane options available via the "Open 311" standard, please make it happen.

I'd suggest people contact the city about adding it to the open 311 standard.

Here is the response I received from SeeClickFix:


Hey Tom,

Our team looked into this and unfortunately the City of Chicago has not made that service request type available via the open 311 endpoint for Chicago 311.

The only SR types available on 311 are:

“Abandoned Vehicle”
“Alley Light Out”
“Building Violation”
“Graffiti Removal”
“Pavement Cave-In Survey”
“Pothole in Street”
“Restaurant Complaint”
“Rodent Baiting / Rat Complaint”
“Sanitation Code Violation”
“Street Cut Complaints”
“Street Light Out”
“Traffic Signal Out”
“Tree Debris”

I apologize for the inconvenience. Please let me know if you need anything else.

Thank you.



But those things are all things that need fixing, while a vehicle driving in the bike lane is going to move sooner or later. If it's abandoned, you can report it as an abandoned vehicle. It seems a different category. Those are things the city wants to know about so it can come take care of them. Be realistic. 

1850 W. Roosevelt Road - 12:15pm - 04/06/2017

Did you file a 311 report?


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