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. ;-)
who can build a better bike plow?
upstate NY story: http://www.twcnews.com/nys/central-ny/news/2015/03/4/man-builds-bik...
It could be a really good job for someone if the city was willing to pay someone to plow by bike all the bike lanes. Riding a bike SLOWLY (carefully in the car door zone of course) the person could get much closer to the cars than the truck plows can. Of course the city sending a golf cart sized plow through could get the job done very efficiently as well.
I don't know the local situation, but perhaps this could be part of a push for grant funding, an electric golf cart + plow unit.
Arturas Zuokas is my kinda guy....
I would keep calling this area's members of council and reporting this to the police every time until there is enforcement and it no longer happens.
Bike lanes need maintenance and traffic enforcement. If the city isn't willing to plow/sweep/re-paint and provide traffic enforcement on the bike lanes, they shouldn't be installed.
I had a bizarre conversation with the garbage truck driver. He told me that he parked in the bike lane because it was too dangerous to park in the street. Apparently it's OK to look out for your own safety by putting others at risk of serious injury or death. Sheesh.
I've gotten similar responses from other drivers. Ugh.
Seems like someone should put some old fashioned Chicago style justice into action. Like what might happen if you move someones lawn chairs out of (and then park in) the snow cleared street space in front of their house!