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. ;-)
Lol. Well, it was just a matter of time. I had a (bad) dream last night that I was riding, and there were hundreds of cars parked in the bike lane. I was snapping pictures like crazy, but there was no end in sight. I was getting frantic, as I was going to be late for work, but I couldn't just let the drivers off the hook.
Oy. I really need to consider taking the bus for a few days. Of course, when I did ride the bus I would get p*ssed when a taxi stopped in the bus stop lane to discharge passengers, and block the bus behind it.
Mount a hi-res video camera to your bike or helmet (which you should do anyway for your own good -- in case, God forbid, you need evidence) and just pass by the vehicles with the license plates in view of the lens. Go through the video when you get to your destination and get the info that way.
Plus - then you can also get the times when someone isn't just 'parked' in the lane but actively driving in it etc.
Actively driving in the bike lane enrages me the most. Even when I'm also driving, I let them know they're assholes.
I actually picked up a video camera, but I haven't found time to mount it and play around with it. Hopefully before my next bad dream.