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. ;-)
Maybe when you encounter a commercial vehicle in these circumstances you may want to see if there's a "how's my driving?" sticker or a company phone number on it to call and complain. It may get better results in the long run than calling 311 or a ward office. Maybe you already do so. i have done and it usually gets the message across to the offending driver more directly.
I did that with my encounter with a Flood Brothers trash hauler earlier this year. The owner of the company basically told be to f*ck off.
Yeah, there is always a risk of the company not giving a sweet f*ck-all...
That's about the reaction i'd expect from Flood Bros.
Still worth a try in many circumstances.
Also, probably easier for the passenger to get out. Coming out of a low-to-the-ground car and having to step directly on the curb = not easy.
(Doesn't mean it irks me any less though!)
I always try to go to the original latin in these situations... Bi-Cycle... so - checks out.
But, joking aside, there's some people with pure pedal powered bikes, some with electric assist and battery power, some with the old chain-saw-motor type pedal+gas assisted bikes, some pedi-cabs with 3 wheels even. I guess as long as they're clearly not a car (or a big legitimate motorcycle /or an ariel atom for that matter... ) and if the driver's being reasonably polite I try to go with it - especially if its a vehicle that couldn't/shouldn't go on the freeway. Polite goes a long way.
I think if it needs license plates it shouldn't be in the bike lane. But to his credit he was polite and wasn't gunning his engine or anything.