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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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It's boring to see you post the same stuff over and over thinking that somehow there is going to be action by the city.

What is it they say about doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results?

Do you even post anything that ISN'T a picture of a car in the bike lane beyond this?

What did you do before there were bike lanes everywhere?

Is it really that hard to just take the lane?

What exactly am I supposed to post in a thread with the title 'What's this doing in the bike lane?" Post photos of cute puppies and kittens?

I post pics to reinforce the fact that blocked bike lanes continue to be a problem in the city.

I'm not required to take the lane. I shouldn't have to take the lane. The vehicles are the ones that are breaking the law. Is that so difficult to comprehend?

Ignore the trolls.

Keep doing what you're doing.

You're not hurting anyone and they have nothing better to do than to complain.

Second this.

125 S Franklin St. 311 reports submitted. Oh, look!!! A cute puppy!!! Isn't than fun and interesting!!!

How dare they deliver the goods that drive commerce.

Park on the other f*cking side of the street. 'Plenty of legal parking there.

And cross traffic with a pallet of goods?

Sounds unsafe to me.

No less unsafe than forcing dozens of cyclists out into traffic.

Does taking the lane realy scare you that much?

I would much rather take the lane on a street with a bike lane with a car double-parked than have to deal with going around a double-parked vehicle on a street with no lane or just a sharrow.

How did you even ride a bike before all the bike lanes?

Say this to the folks at, and every individual that posts infractions. 

Businesses need to have safe and legal places for delivery drivers to park their vehicles, unload and enter the businesses to deliver, or remove, items. There is no special provision that says delivery drivers are exempt from any laws or common courtesies that the rest of us are bound to when it comes to driving, stopping,maneuvering, parking, etc.  A loading zone is a loading zone and it's no more OK for me to leave my private vehicle in a loading zone while I go get some St@rbux that it is OK for a delivery driver to leave their vehicle in the middle of a lane of traffic, including a bike lane. If they have to cross the street "with a pallet of goods," then perhaps they should cross at a legal crossing place, like the corner, like any other pedestrian (which is what they now are if they are pushing or pulling a pallet of goods).



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