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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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225 N Franklin St. 311 report submitted.

09/22/2017 7am

1819 W. Polk St

Just like yesterday

09/21/2017 7am

1819 W. Polk St

Looks like the extreme south end of the Dearborn lane (though Printer's Row) will be out of commission for awhile. Friday, I saw "closed" signs but no construction. Today, it's filled with pipes and marked with what appears to be indications of sewer pipe installation.

Reported a work van parked in the bike lane at 1159 S Canal this morning via 911. Right next to an open parking spot, too. I stopped and took a picture, but don't know how to post it here.

Another day, another truck in the bike lane at Alfa Restaurant Supply, 4218 N. Elston. Becuase why use the loading dock when there's a bike lane?????

Did you get the name of the trucking company?  / delivery service? 

No visible name on the truck. Even the license plate was pretty hard to read.

am I crazy for not minding when work trucks/vans are parked in the bike lane for a bit?

Where are they supposed to park?   They are just doing their job.

At the end of the day, were in a city...we have to share everything with other people.

I don't mind every instance of a vehicle usurping the bike lane, and some instances are more egregious than others. The ones that tick me off the most are where there is clearly other places to park, and where a car doesn't even have its flashers nor any occupants and is by all indications just parked and shut off as if for long term parking. Also where there's a high amount of bike traffic.

How about when they take a nap (1737 W. Polk, 09/26/2017 @ 7:05am)?

They can park along the curb if available. If not, then (illegally) double park in the right vehicle lane. Why is not OK to block the vehicle lane, but acceptable to block the bike lane and force cyclists out into traffic?


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