Driver passes on right, then stops short in front of bicyclist in left-turn lane


Car stopped abruptly
Injury: No

What happened

Roadway description: No bicycle markings

Your story: I was riding eastbound on Diversey in the left-turn lane at Sheridan, and the driver of a silver Jeep SUV passed me on the right into the left-turn lane, and [we both] had to stop short because there was already another vehicle in front of me, and traffic was slowing into the green light at the intersection due to congestion.

Suggested improvements: Cycling infrastructure on Diversey needs to be improved in general. Also, I would like to see a good way to get from Diversey and Sheridan to the LFT. It is currently not legal to ride due east on Diversey across Sheridan, because Diversey is one-way westbound from Commonwealth to Sheridan (all of 200 feet). The legal options are to head north on Sheridan and then east and south to the LFT, or south to Fullerton.

Steven’s note: On one-way residential streets in many European countries, it is legal for people to bicycle in both directions. One-way streets are designed to be a *car* traffic management measure, to reduce the amount of “through traffic” (non-resident traffic) in residential areas. This has the side effect of reducing the number of safe routes for bicycling.