Monthly Archives: January 2014

Bicyclist left-hooked by driver who ignored red left-turn signal on Dearborn

Location

400 N Dearborn Street
42nd Ward, Alderman Reilly

Type

Left hook

What happened

Traveling north in the Dearborn PBL. Bicycle traffic signal was clearly green. Left turning motorist from N Dearborn (onto W Kinzie), decided to ignore the red left turn signal and almost kill me (left hook). I was already turning left, so my reduced speed is pretty much the only thing that got me through it.

Suggested improvements

Given this intersections configuration, if motorists can’t be bothered to obey traffic signals I’m not sure what other options there are instead of banning cars from N. Dearborn. A passive solution would be to get CDOT to install red light cameras for illegal left turners at all Dearborn PBL locations considering one sees this occur about once a week still.

Bicyclist maneuvers quickly to avoid getting hit by motorist’s sudden lane change

Type

Right hook or left hook
Had to stop abruptly

Location

801 N Milwaukee Ave (at Chicago Ave)
27th Ward, Alderman Burnett

What happened

A southbound motorist in thru lane on Milwaukee Ave had their lane partially blocked by vehicle turning left onto eastbound Chicago Ave. Motorist clearly had more important things to do than be inconvenienced for three seconds so they decided to swerve into my path. Dangerous maneuver by me, moving right into the right turn lane to avoid motorist.

Improvements

Lane markings and paint have reduced visibility at night and when coated in evaporated salt. Maybe some of those embedded lights?

Or, for that tiny pinch point middle bike lane, barrier preventing motorists from making last second lane choices. (Similar to the cluster at Milwaukee/Augusta/expressway.)