Monthly Archives: November 2013

Driver almost turns into bicyclist, but bicyclist stops to avoid collision

Type

Had to stop abruptly

What happened

 

I was biking south on Clark towards Diversey and was riding in the traffic lane because I had to move around a bus that was stopped to pick up passengers. Driver was on Diversey and attempting to turn right onto southbound Clark.

The driver turned right immediately in front of me causing me to stop abruptly.

Suggested improvements for this location: Designate Diversey and Clark, if not already done so, a “No Right on Red” in all directions. If this is already designated the police [or cameras] should enforce it.

Bicyclist left hooked by functionally blind driver on Halsted Street

Type

Left hook

What happened

Driver was parked and started to pull out of space. There were no cars in front of him so he pulled straight forward then went left into the driving lane, across the bike lane. He used no signal and his windows were fogged. I doubt he saw me. I had to slow quickly to let him get in front.

Suggested improvements for this location: Obviously a protected bike lane is optimal. But drivers need to pay attention. I also think the Divvy lights (I was on Divvy) could be brighter.

Illegal right-turn-on-red causes bicyclist to stop abruptly to avoid crash

Type

Had to stop abruptly

What happened

I was headed north on Lincoln Avenue. A driver whose car had NY plates was facing west on Wisconsin and waiting at the red light suddenly flicked her cigarette out the window and went through the red light to make a soft right-turn onto Lincoln, northbound. I and a taxi, both in the middle of the intersection (with a light that had turned green 5 seconds before) had to stop abruptly to let her through.

Suggested improvements for this location: Red light camera so she would at least pay for her nonchalance!

Ed. note: In Chicago, right turns on red are banned at all five and six-way intersections, with signs. New York City is the only known city in the country to ban the turns at all intersections. It would be better for pedestrian safety if the ban was switched in Chicago. 

Dearborn bicyclist almost hit by cabbie trying to reach new customer

Type

Had to stop abruptly

What happened

Traveling north on Dearborn in the bike lane. Man on sidewalk was hailing a cab – cabbie noticed him and sharply veered into the bike lane. I was able to avoid being hit by braking quickly and veering to my left into the southboud bike lane. Man did not make a move to enter the cab until I had safely gotten around the cab. Cab driver should have seen me. Also made no apology for almost hitting me.

Suggested improvements for this location: Police enforcement!

Ed. note: I would also suggest adding actual protection in the form of concrete bollards, curbs, or a raised bike lane. 

Bicyclist almost doored by taxi passenger in “protected” Kinzie bike lane

Type

Almost doored

What happened

Passenger of cab exited from car lane on the right side (bike lane side) – dinged my bell but passenger continued to exit so I had to swerve to right.

Suggested improvements for this location: protected bike lane.

Ed. note: The bike lane is here called protected but aside from parked cars it does not prevent people from maneuvering their cars into the hatched zones at each intersection where parking isn’t allowed. Nor does it prevent people from driving in it. 

Driver leaving parking lot sees right through bicyclist on Clark Street

Type

Other

What happened

Riding southbound on Clark, after crossing Chestnut, I had overtaken another biker. After getting ahead by 20 feet, I began to return to same path as the other biker when a vehicle started exiting the parking lot on the west side of Clark.

The driver appeared to see through me and focused on other vehicles only to block the other rider’s path and continued to pull into the street. The driver forced me nearly into the opposite direction travel lane while a cluster of northbound cars were approaching us.

Ed. note: submitter declined to suggest improvements. 

Driver doesn’t see or understand lane-separating markings on Albion

Type

Passed closely

What happened

I was crossing Sheridan and riding on the Albion contraflow lane to turn right onto Lakewood. Driver was moving their vehicle forward while straddling the contraflow bike lane lines. I repeatedly pointed at her lane of traffic hoping to point out that there is a separating line. I had to ride as close as possible to the north side parked cars to avoid being run into, driver never left the position of straddling the line until turning onto Sheridan.

Suggested improvements for this location: Add the road mounted lights that are designed to illuminate bike lane lines [as seen on Milwaukee Avenue one block north and south of Grand Avenue]. Improve lane markings as they are not reflective and nearly invisible.

Bicyclist on Broadway right-hooked by driver speeding to Dunkin Donuts

Type

Right hook

What happened

Riding south on Broadway just after crossing Sheridan, driver sped past me then abruptly slowed and turned right into the Dunkin Donuts’s driveway.

As the driver turned, he was less than ten feet in front of me. There was zero traffic due to the time of the day and the driver had no reason to operate the vehicle in that manner.

Ed. note: submitter declined to suggest improvements, saying,

I don’t have a recommendation regarding infrastructure. A bike lane, even a PBL, won’t solve it, it may raise awareness, but the driver knew I was there or else he wouldn’t have sped around me.

What should the driver have done instead? Slow down and allow me to pass the driveway before pulling in. Both of us were within 50 feet of the driveway when this occurred and would not have been an inconvenience to the driver.

Bicyclist nearly clipped by cabbie on Oak Street

Type

Passed closely

What happened

Livery cab nearly clipped me by passing within one inch. I tapped on his hood to let him know I was nearly hit by him and he proceeded to chase me for a block down the street and yell “hey, you b***h!” at me.

Suggested improvements for this location: Protected lanes on Oak Street connecting Michigan Avenue (at the Lake Front Trail) to Wells. Many people use Oak Street to cut over from the Lakefront Trail to the buffered bike lanes on Wells – especially to avoid the curve in the LFT further south.

Clark Street bicyclist right hooked, falls and hurts ankle

Type

Right hook
Had to stop abruptly

What happened

I was biking northbound on Clark past the Francis Parker School. I had been riding next to this black SUV. Suddenly the driver decides to turn into a parking lot. I got right hooked. Had to slam on my brakes, swerved off the road and landed on my ankle wrong 🙁

Suggested improvements for this location: this woman should have been paying attention.

Ed. note: The street is too narrow to accommodate existing parking and a bike lane. The bike lane would have made a minor improvement on visibility of bicyclists.