Driver backing out of parking space almost hits bicyclist on Ravenswood

Type

Abrupt stop

Location

4649 N Ravenswood (between Wilson and Leland)
47th Ward, Alderman Pawar

What happened

I’m headed northbound on Ravenswood and there’s pull-in diagonal parking on the street.┬áLarge SUV is backing out of spot into my path, doesn’t see me. If I continued my path and I didn’t stop, it would have hit me.

I begin screaming when they don’t stop moving. About 10 feet from our path’s intersection, driver notices or hears me and stops, I ride on.

Improvements

Ravenswood at rush hour is bad, lots of people leaving work and the Metra stop, hard sight lines of cars backing out of parking spaces. There should be back-in diagonal parking and better lighting to improve visibility.