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. ;-)
At this point, just ignore it. I get ignored by the people doing the trolling when I comment as if I don't exist and my POV doesn't count for anything.
To the trolls, if you don't like it, you don't have to look. You don't have to say negative things. Let Aargonne do his thing. Some of us appreciate what he does.
If you don't like it and have negative things to say, leave.
I really like this pic. Thx for posting!
1 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.
Something that crossed my mind...I don't know how feasible this would be, but in some neighborhoods, occasionally you'll hear about a "loiter party," in which residents gather in drug trafficking/gang hotspots and just....loiter, which would discourage criminal activity due to dozens of potential witnesses, and from what I understand, they're actually pretty successful.
Now...how doable would a "bike lane loiter" be?? That is, pick a time and date when a butt-ton of cyclists are available to basically jam the bike lanes, making it impossible for frequent motor vehicle violators to take over the spot???
People have done that in other cities. They call it a human-protected bike lane, or something to that effect. Just “google it”!
Heh... sometimes I slow to barely a walk when a car is behind me in the bike lane. After a bit they get the idea.