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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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225 S Franklin St. 311 report submitted.

1 N Franklin St. 311 report submitted.

201 N Franklin St. 311 report submitted.

125 S Franklin St. 311 report submitted. Space at the curb? What space?

175 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.

Wells St between Illinois St and Kinzie St. 311 reports submitted.

So, it starts with the a**munch in the black SUV deciding to use the bike lane as a passing lane. It drove two blocks to Kinzie before turning right. The a**hole in the white Toyota decides to follow suit, and cuts off the two cyclists in front of me without looking. I wound up parking my bike in front of the white car, and reading him the riot act. If he was trying to save time, he certainly picked the wrong place to do it. He sat there like a jacka** for several traffic light cycles as cars passed him by with me screaming in his ear.

Bravo!  Be careful out there! 

Never let any raging driver charge at you. Protect yourself with your bike between the offender. Diffuse the situation by removing yourself from it and call the police. Defend yourself if necessary as a last resort. 

https://www.bicycling.com/news/amp26517975/cyclist-punches-driver-v...

A left-handed punch too!

1135 W 18th St. 311 report submitted.

353 N Desplaines St. 311 reports 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.

As a lawyer, allow me to give the unsolicited, generalized advice that I wouldn't admit to felonious assault on a public message board.

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