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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:
#BikeLaneShaming

#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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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.

Good sleuthing! Too bad the original image was so fuzzy.

:-)

No, that's an Escape. 

That's actually what I meant to say. :)

Hi BikeSchnook, can you share with us the website you used to "run the plates"?

I think it was autocheck.com. That's in my browser history, and it does give the results. There are several similar sites. It just gives the info on the car itself, not who's registered.

BikeScnhook, Here's an example of a custom vanity plate that might help corroborate the Ohio thing: 

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7IGHTn6lQjQ/Tb3incrpU_I/AAAAAAAACVQ/a6kj...

Like the one in the posted pic, this has the light blue top, two dark circles on either side within the top blue, a red square in the lower left, and a large custom logo mid-height on the left.  Pretty close anyhow.

Postal worker acted completely clueless and pissed off I took a photo of his superb parking job, making it very difficult to use the bicycle lane and forcing me to ride in regular traffic.

Where Bicyclists, Doormen and Tourists Battle for Turf

New York City bicyclists say people who walk across bike lanes need to pay attention. But doormen at high-end hotels worry about collisions as lanes expand.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/09/nyregion/nyc-bike-lanes-hotels.html

Reminds me of that hotel at the far south end of the Dearborn bicycle lane.

This could be good. Easier than Chicago's 311 system? https://road.cc/content/news/270205-new-app-will-crowdsource-data-a...

It's going to be interesting to see how all of this plays out with regard to auto parking and traffic infractions.  Right now, Chicago and even the state are heading in a different direction for both moving and non-moving violations.  These measures reduce the "disincentives" for illegal parking, red-light running and so forth by taking some of the teeth out of the enforcement abilities and penalties.   

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-politics/state-wont-h...

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/2019/9/18/20872225/parking-ticket...

Much of this started around city stickers for autos, but it has expanded a bit into parking, red-light cams and so forth.  Part of the rationale was this:  Fully 75 percent of license suspensions for failure to pay parking tickets and accumulated debt went to drivers in lower-income zip codes, and 78 percent went to drivers in minority zip codes. 

The new democratic governor signed off on this bill which right or wrong gave a nod to the importance of the car regarding the work force, and I imagine the tax base.  Somebody out of work doesn't pay taxes, instead collects benefits which as we've explored elsewhere exacerbates the municipal economic problems in the region.

https://cjc.net/victory-illinois-legislature-votes-to-end-inequitab...

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