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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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221 N Franklin St. 311 report submitted.

Juan, what kind of jerk would park his bike in the Bike Lane! Oh, that's yours! ;-)
Cool Juan! Is this a Gif? How did you do this? Nice effect!

LOL, yeah that's me parking in the bike lane. Thanks, It is a gif file created automatically by my google photo account. I just tried to take several shots of a cyclist navigating the puddle and my account surprises me with animations.

This is cool.  Protecting bike lanes with bodies...

Randolph PBL. Smiled and waived me off before I took his photo. Then he ran the red.

Your photo best illustrates why I avoid the Randolph  PBL and ride in the driving lanes.  Cars are always turning into the parking garages.  There are no right hooks in the traffic lanes.

Or left hooks... the closest I've come to getting nailed lately was a driver pulling into a parking lot across the Dearborn PBL - between Congress and Van Buren.


My commute home takes me north on Franklin St. between Jackson and Hubbard. For the past year there has been construction adjacent to the bike lane just north of Randolph St. They have a construction wall coming out right up to the right edge of the bike lane. On occasion there have been large construction vehicles staging in the bike lane, e.g. cement trucks, flatbeds with steel beams. Given that it's an active construction site, and the blockages don't happen all that frequently, I've basically given them a pass.

However, yesterday there were 3 or 4 pickup trucks parked in the bike lane. They had placed orange/white construction sawhorses to the left of the trucks, which forced me out into traffic. It sure as heck didn't look like a temporary blockage. Instead, it appears that they were simply using the bike lane as a free parking area.

If they are there again today I'm definitely going to submit a 311 report. I can live with a temporary block given the active construction, but not as a semi-permanent parking lot.

There's a specific request type for that:

311 --> Bicycle Program --> Construction Blocking Bike Lane

Parked in bike lane in front of Starbucks at Piper's Alley, North Ave and Wells.

3534 N Elston Ave - 05/15/2017 @5:45am

plate # 235366

311 report filed.

New New bike lane stripes - yay!

1850 W. Roosevelt Rd - 05/15/2017 @7:20am

IL G56 4251

311 report filed.


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