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. ;-)
I was one of those newbies two years ago. I was taking the bus, and train, and decided to give the bike a try. At first I docked my Divvy at Merchandise Mart, as it was intimidating to ride in the Loop. The existence of marked bike lanes helped convince me to extend my trips all the way to work.
The limo is standing in a shared bike lane. That is illegal. How many times do I have to post the city ordnance? It's illegal to stop or park in a shared bike lane. It also happens to be a bus stop. That's illegal, too.
Don't like the law? Feel free to contact your alderman and insist that they change it. Until then it's still illegal.
Thank you for hanging strong and posting in the thread. A lot has come out of this thread. I’ve been interviewed, Bike Lane Uprising did her research here before launching her very effective site, and photos from this thread have been used as examples in posts and media.
The best kind of advocacy isn’t sexy or fireworks, it’s banging the drum and getting others to bring their drum to bang with you. That is how we move the needle. It’s not perfect, far from it but we’ve made so much progress in awareness.
The Chainlink hit ten years in 2018 and in those ten years the landscape of cycling in Chicago has changed significantly. I miss those bike lanes because in DC it is sorely lacking in infrastructure. If you think they aren’t necessary, I encourage you to live in a place that doesn’t have enough of them. It is eye-opening. Btw, there is a lot more riding on sidewalks here because there isn’t another option. And the lanes just stop out of nowhere. I have to cut over past the White House (reason why I have a lot of WH selfies) because the lane just stops in the middle of downtown. No reason or logic, no route to continue on.
So thanks for all the posts. They are always welcome on this thread and Bike Lane Uprising is doing a bang-up job of using the data on her site to get the attention of local government and businesses. I highly encourage joining and posting pics to BLU. Happy New Year!!
Thanks! There are days when I feel I'm banging the drum...with my head. Sadly, I don't see any change at this point, but I guess I'll have to be patient.
As a counter to your point, I biked in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver over the past two summers. Each city has extensive bike lanes, and large bike share systems. I think I may have encountered one illegally parked vehicle in the bike lanes. Here I run into one every two minutes spent in the lanes. It's ultimately about education and respect. Chicago is lacking in both.
Personally, I think cabs are still the biggest offenders. Bike Lane Uprising has a presentation that breaks down the categories of offenders I believe. Certainly Uber/Lyft are near the top.
Looking at the BLU insights page (https://www.bikelaneuprising.com/insights), they show Uber as the biggest offender, followed by Taxis, Lyft, and the US Post Office. If you combine Uber and Lyft, they far outnumber the others.
The Post Office really frosts my a**, because there's basically no way to force them to obey the law. One can't sue the Post Office, and they claim that they're not liable for tickets.
favorite quotation of the day. I'm going to be giggling for the rest of my afternoon "frosts my a**"