Monthly Archives: February 2014

Bicyclist stops abruptly at Ohio/Milwaukee, a secretly problematic intersection

Location

600 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL United States

Type

Had to stop abruptly

What happened

I was riding NB on Milwaukee Ave, in the bike lane. An SUV going westbound on Ohio ran the stop sign in order to turn right onto Milwaukee, across my path. As soon as I saw what he was doing, I started yelling while squeezing my brakes. I managed to stop just short of colliding with him, and he apologized.

Suggested improvements 

Stop allowing westbound traffic on Ohio on this block. Maybe there are less drastic solutions, but I cannot think of any.

This is possibly the most dangerous intersection I regularly ride through. Drivers pull out in front of bikes without looking on a regular basis here. I’ve learned to be very alert whenever I see a car approaching the stop sign, and it is only because of that that I didn’t crash in this instance.

Bicyclist swerves to avoid oncoming car and falls into snow drift

Location

1009 W. Ardmore Chicago, IL
48th Ward, Harry Osterman

Type

Abrupt stop/swerve

What happened

I was traveling westbound on Ardmore (towards Kenmore) just west of the intersection of Ardmore and Sheridan while a driver was traveling east on Ardmore.

 

[Ardmore is an eastbound street for cars, but a two-way street for bikes, with a shared lane eastbound and a contraflow bike lane westbound.]

I was as far to the right as I could safely bike, given the snowy conditions. Normally, the other people drive slowly to pass safely, but in this case the driver was accelerating towards me, probably to make the green light. The driver did not give me enough room to safely pass, and I was forced to swerve into the snowbank, causing me to fall. I believe that if I would have stayed my course, I would have been in a head-on collision with the car. I would guess the speed of the car was roughly 20 MPH, and do not think I would have fared well if hit. I would have called the police, but the driver was through the intersection before I was able to gather his license plate information.

Suggested improvements

Build a cul-de-sac on the west side of Ardmore and Sheridan with a bicycle cut-through, to keep Ardmore from being a through street for motorized traffic. Keep the intersection signal for Lakefront Trail cyclists to cross Sheridan.

Bicyclist on Milwaukee Ave almost right-hooked on strip-malled section of street

Location

2240 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
1st Ward, Alderman Moreno

Type

Right hook

What happened

I was in the bike lane and the driver next to me began to turn right into the bike lane, on a path to strike me. I yelled “hey! hey! hey!” while braking and he finally saw me and stopped turning.

Suggested improvements

Protected bike lanes.