Type and location
200 W Washington Street, Chicago, IL
Your story: This enraged driver tried to run into me.
The pattern that has become more apparent to me now is, even on a triple wide street like Washington, drivers that buzz by in order to pass me up to get to the red light in front of me become more enraged as I pass them up again at the red when I take the lane once more.
As I passed he yelled “oh yeah! your’e on your bike”. When the light turned green he revved up and aimed his car towards my direction. I managed to veer off to the side. Mad that he was not able to get close enough to me, he yelled “pussy!” and sped off to the next red light.
It’s kind of flattering being called pussy. Those things can take a good beating and they come back for more.
Suggested improvements for this location: Actually extending the Washington bike lane into downtown might make it a little less of a harrowing ride. Putting in a protected lane would be tops.
Ed. note: The Chicago Department of Transportation will begin construction in Spring 2014 on the Central Loop BRT which will add a protected bike lane on Washington Street from Clinton (maybe Canal) to Michigan Avenue. This makes a gap of two or three blocks from where the bike lane ends at Desplaines now to Canal or Clinton, respectively.