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. ;-)
This is a clear and unambiguous violation.
What's the alternative suggested? Should the car stop in the car-lane to discharge the passenger? Is it a violation to stop i9n the car lane? Should the driver have pulled into the parking lane to drop off the passenger?
There's an empty spot in front of the silver car.
No kidding. The driver should stop being a lazy a**, and pull to the curb.
9-40-060 Driving, standing or parking on bicycle paths or lanes prohibited.
Seems pretty unambiguous to me.
I can no longer find it, but there used to be a training video which was narrated by a Chicago Police officer, explaining to police how to apply the Municipal Code of Chicago in various situations. As I recall, though, the video said that the car is supposed to stop in the traffic lane. Also, the "open door in traffic" statute, which holds the car driver responsible for opening a door into a traffic lane, also applies on the passenger side of an automobile. This would confirm that cars dropping off people, as well as delivery vehicles, are supposed to stay out of the bike lanes.
Well, good luck getting that to happen without enforcement...
225 N Franklin St. 311 report submitted.
9-40-060 Driving, standing or parking on bicycle paths or lanes prohibited. (a) The driver of a vehicle shall not drive, unless entering or exiting a legal parking space, or stand, or park the vehicle upon any on-street path or lane designated by official signs or markings for the use of bicycles, or otherwise drive or place the vehicle in such a manner as to impede bicycle traffic on such path or lane. The driver of a vehicle shall not stand or park the vehicle upon any lane designated by pavement markings for the shared use of motor vehicles and bicycles, or place the vehicle in such a manner as to impede bicycle traffic on such lane; provided, however, the driver of a bus may stop the bus in any such lane (i) at a designated bus stop for the purpose of loading or unloading of passengers, (ii) in case of an emergency; or (iii) as permitted in Section 9-48-050(d) of this Code. In addition to the fine provided in Section 9-4-025 of this Code, any vehicle parked in violation of this section shall be subject to an immediate tow and removal to a city vehicle pound or authorized garage.