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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:
#BikeLaneShaming

#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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The city of Chicago has never had very significant traffic law enforcement

Back in the old days everyone feared the white-hatted traffic officers. 
Back in the old days everyone on the streets feared the white-hatted traffic officers. 

So back before time began basically...

Come on dug, you were around in the pre-historic days. Maybe not fully aware and understanding of things around you. Umm wait, yeah, just like you still are today.

Ran out of money? Traffic / parking enforcement is hugely profitable for municipalities. Cops writing tickets all day pay for their own salary several times over. Some small municipalities practically run on speed traps.

CPD don't write tickets because their CBA prohibits the city from imposing ticket quotas. Most cops don't even carry ticket books. The (reasonable) solution has been to turn parking enforcement over to revenue. More people writing these tickets = more money for the city, relieving pressure on taxpayers.

The Department of Finance writes tickets for parking violations, and vehicles illegally parked in the bike lanes. I asked one worker how many tickets he's written on Franklin in the last year, and he's said ~30. I've reported over 200 violations on Franklin via 311 in the same timeframe. My commute on Franklin is 10 minutes long five days a week. Imagine if I did it full time. I have no idea where they spend their time patrolling, but it sure isn't the hotspots that we were told the 311 system was going to identify.

Interesting, I always see cops writing tickets near me but that may be due to specific complaints coming in via 911 as opposed to the meter-reader folks, etc. Also easy to FOIA, should anyone feel so inclined: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/fin/supp_info/fin_foia....

We aren't a small municipality, Chicago's situation is nothing like the small suburb (I'm looking at you, Niles) where a cop can sit around all day and get lucky like a lazy, drunk ice fisherman rooting on the Packers.

In Chicago CPD actually needs to drive around to enforce traffic laws. So in addition to salaries, benefits, pensions, you've got vehicles, vehicle insurance, gasoline, etc. All incredibly expensive. not even remotely close to a breakeven, or we'd still be doing it. Money talks.

Quotas were always technically illegal, but at my first traffic mandatory traffic class (after getting a ticket at age 16) the cop teaching it said something to the extent of "Everybody will tell you know there is no such a thing as a ticket quota. They will all be lying. It may not be officially written down, but every cop is evaluated on a monthly basis, so don't speed in the last few days of the month, it's when cops all actually start doing their jobs."

That was in 1988.

(btw, website is not letting me reply directly, sorry about that)

Sunk costs: how do they work?

225 N Franklin St. 311 report submitted. Well, what do you know. 'Still illegal.

Just curious but if you're going to be such a rules stickler in regards to vehicles stopping in lanes with sharrows do you also go and report cyclists that Idaho stop or run stop signs or lights?  How about cyclists going the wrong way down streets or using sidewalks?

I sure as hell would. Especially if it puts others in danger. That all pisses me off because it makes us ALL look bad.

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