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'd like to wish Argonne69 a happy retirement.
Two years ago before I even had a name for Bike Lane Uprising, I convinced Argonne69 to meet up with me in person. When I asked him if he'd be willing to participate in my idea for documenting blocked bike lanes, he said "NO". HA! (He later came around to the idea.) Thanks to Chainlink, i've had the pleasure of getting to know Argonne69 (and many more cyclists) personally. Over the course of the last two years, we've shared plenty of emails, text messages, and beers. No stranger to giving folks a hard time, i've also enjoyed regularly reminding Argonne69 of the time he told me he wouldn't participate in BLU! In all sincerity, thank you Argonne69 for your commitment to the biking community as well as taking a chance on BLU. You have had an impact on the safety of many and I look forward to photos from your travels.
PS - If you start posting sunny retirement photos in January, I will personally petition to have your Chainlink account be put on probation. ;-)
(founder of that one thing you said you'd never participate in)
Thank you to Christina and BLU for putting some necessary data and teeth behind what has been important to so many of us and a huge THANK YOU to Argonne69 for continuing to remind us, yes, this is still a thing and attention must be paid. I had the pleasure of meeting Christina when I was in town last summer. It's really great to meet fellow enthusiasts/advocates/people that care and have a beer or two in the process.
Thank you. It's been a pleasure working with you, and having a few beers with you. As a cyclist, I felt I had to contribute my part to making the city a better place. It's been a challenge to say the least. It seems we've made some headway, but there's oh so much more work to do. I find it most frustrating that I've submitted over 1500 311 reports, including over 400 for one location, and yet never saw a single city worker out there actually writing a ticket. I averaged a violator for every 3 minutes spent in a bike lane. Sad.
I wish you all the luck. Ride safe. I'll try my hardest to not post sunny retirement pics, but at some point I'm sure I won't be able to hold back. Lol.
Finance has seen this thread - I have no idea if anyone checks the thread regularly. But they do use 311 reporting data as a basis for where to focus enforcement efforts.
Then the only conclusion I can reach is that they are incompetent. How is it possible for a team of close to 100 workers to write ~3000 tickets a year working full time? I've submitted over 800 reports for Franklin St, averaging a violator every 5 minutes. One worker riding the length of Franklin from Jackson to Wacker (or Kinzie) should be able to write one or two tickets per 8 minute trip. That's 10 to 15 tickets per hour, 60 per shift, and 300 per week. For. One. Worker.
A single worker could sit in a lawn chair at Polk and Halsted and write tickets all day. 'Same with Harrison and Morgan.
If one looks at the BLU heat map, it's blazingly obvious that there are major hotspots in the city, and enforcement is non-existent in these spots.
Argonne, then I urge you to perhaps remember that things do not revolve around you, and that you do not know as much about their work as your assumptions lead you to think you do. I know the people in enforcement at Finance - they are not at all incompetent, and the leadership in enforcement is demonstrably committed to the safety of cyclists.
They shouldn't park on the bike lane.
That's as may be, but it would still be encouraging to see some evidence of enforcement. "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions."
Again, the low odds of a ticket from the for a few hundred $$ has only a nominal effect on drivers as the length of this thread demonstrates. Whereas if you concentrate on commercial vehicles and put a driver's entire income on the line, you have some leverage. Get the vehicle number, usually the phone number and name of the company is on the vehicle. Photograph the scene and signs or lane markings, and call the company, ask for the the safety office, or risk management. They care, and it gets results.
So...as usual, there were violations in the bike lane alongside the building where I work. There were two this morning. I want to report them, but I was only able to report one. This one -- I couldn't, because I can't make out the license plate's state. This is cropped from a picture I took with my phone after I parked my bike in the storage unit; I have an alternate view of the rear plate via my action cam, but it doesn't make the state any clearer. Any guesses? My first thought was that it might be an Iowa specialty plate, but 1) none of them match up to this, and 2) a friend of mine who lives in the Quad Cities says it's not Iowa. Someone else suggested Kentucky, but no -- there's a distinct mountain outline on the plate, but Kentucky's plates have a pretty straightforward gradient.
Looks like Minnesota to me.
Well, the colors look right. I can't see the mountain.
Definitely not Minnesota -- I have a friend who works for the state of Minn and he actually spent an hour on Google Images looking for this. :)
Anyway, I'm about 99.99% sure it's an Ohio specialty plate. Also, I found a web site where you can run a plate and get information about the car, and for money you can get information about the registrant. Came up with a match in Ohio for a Ford Explorer XLT, which this definitely is.