Driver leaving parking space not looking for bicyclists on Dearborn


1. Right hook (car turned right, across your path)
2. Other
Injury: No

What happened

Roadway description: Bike lane (left of parking lane)

Your story: The Dearborn bike lane drops those heading north into a nightmare of curbside parking, cabs picking up riders, and vehicles high tailing it to the expressways [it’s also on the left side of the street]. I usually avoid it like the plague – hopping over to travel north on State Street even though I live on Dearborn near Lincoln Park. However, since summer has arrived and there are more bikers on the streets I decided to travel with a pack of cyclists north of Kinzie. A few drivers passed with less than 3 feet of space while I was riding in the bike lane painted in the door zone but overall not too bad until a woman parked in an SUV on the left of the bike lane decided to pull out of the parking spot and into the bike lane without looking. I had my eye out for her though as I know how dangerous that stretch is and was able to stop in time and yelled out to her to stop as well, which she did. Why are we painting bike lanes in door zones?? Why oh why? Accidents waiting to happen. I will definitely not be continuing north on Dearborn¬†after Kinzie during rush hour again.

Suggested improvements: State is much safer as there are fewer opportunities/reasons for cars to turn right and less street parking. They should put in a PBL on state heading north if Kinzie. Is anything in the mix there in the 2020 plan?

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