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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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Dearborn on Wednesday evening. Guy texting. 

You trust people a lot more than I do, and I ride Dearborn every now and then when I can't face the prospect of going through Navy Pier/beach traffic.

Chicago *really* needs to implement the "Box" like New York. A vehicle caught in the box when the light turns gets a $115 fine. Of course, if they enforced it like they enforce the no parking in bike lanes law they'd wind up with practically zero revenue.

When I moved to Chicago the intersections at rush hour had police directing pedestrians and  traffic with the lights. There's a lot more gridlock these days.

Happy Friday one & all. Old news to some I'm sure. They're hardening the Dearborn north/south bicycle lane south of zero/zero addresses east/west north/south. This shot this morning 7 am - they're replacing the plastic spikes w/concrete. As regular cyclists know - a determined Chicago motorist may still find a way...."what a perfect parking spot for my mini-cooper!!!" but it's an improvement. Good weekend to one & all. 

That's great. I noticed that they closed the northbound bike lane on Dearborn near Van Buren, but they had put up orange construction signs warning motorists that bikes had the right of way in the left traffic lane. At least they've made some effort to accommodate the bikes during construction.

131 N Franklin St. 311 report submitted.

225 N Franklin St. 311 report submitted.

125 S Franklin St. 311 report submitted.

175 N Franklin St. 311 report submitted.

225 N Franklin St. 311 report submitted.

"Police said the Uber driver had just dropped off a passenger and was sitting inside his car in the 100 block of West Elm around 2 a.m. when Hicks rode up on a bike while pointing a handgun at him. Hicks’ motive is not clear as he then pedaled away from the scene, police said. The Uber driver called 911."

Probably not the best way to handle bike lane violations, but in his defense I bet he could've cleared the lane pretty quick. :) Just kidding, this guy is a career criminal. Don't be like him.


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