Bicyclists get harassed by driver wanting to turn right onto Ashland from Elston

Type

Right hook

What happened

I was bicycling northbound on Elston with four others on bicycles. Coming out of the intersection with Armitage, we are all positioned in the right-hand lane and continuing with the lane as it traverses Ashland. An impatient driver in a compact car wishes to turn right onto Ashland, but was not positioned behind us nor using a turn signal. The driver stops in the through lane at the Ashland/Elston intersection, honks and yells as we travel straight through the light.

As part of my regular commute home, I am nearly right-hooked at least once a week at this location.

Suggested improvements for this location: Narrow roadway north of Armitage with new curb (or, as interim measure, use bollards, planters, and paint). Square the intersection to remove right turn only lane at Ashland, making left lane a thru/turn lane. Extend bike facilities through this stretch, as they exist before and just after it.

Editor’s note:¬†This is a frequent right-hook location. The following video I made shows the situation.