Category Archives: Intersection Related

Bicyclist nearly right-hooked on Kedzie at North Ave

Location

Kedzie Avenue at North Avenue, southbound
Ward 26, Alderman Roberto Maldonaldo

Type

Right hook
Had to stop abruptly

What happened

The driver of a gray Dodge SUV turned right onto North Avenue from Kedzie Boulevard on a green light but didn’t yield for me at the intersection. I crept to the intersection and they paced, just before they right-hooked me did they seem to fully realize the significance of the situation. As I stopped before the impending collision I was met with stares as though by being there i was somehow breaking a law. Driver and lady passenger stared contemptuously, safe in their steel tonnage after having come within inches of collision, then sped off…

Suggested improvements 

Join the two halves of the bike lane by dotted lines and paint the word yield on either side (not in the bike lane)

Editor’s note: The bike lane ends 150 feet before reaching North Avenue in favor of marking a right-turn lane for motorists.

Two motorists don’t look before turning, nearly hit bicyclist on Fullerton

Location

Fullerton and Clark
43rd Ward, Alderman Michelle Smith

Type

Right hook

What happened

First two blocks before Clark St between Orchard St and Geneva Terrance, a motorist was in their car standing still with no hazards on in the travel lane. Without a turn signal he began to turn right, in front of me, to enter a residential parking lot. I was already half-way into passing him so I had to do a U-turn and turn with him.

Then, a few seconds later approaching Clark St, all cars were standing at the red light. I was making my way to the front and the motorist in the fifth car closest to the traffic light decided to scoot further right (into me) forcing me to move as far right as I could, causing me to crash into a standing vehicle.

Suggested improvements

A clearly visible bike lane like the green ones in Wicker Park. Signs to remind drivers to look out for cyclists. A bike lane. No turn on red.

Bicyclist on Clark Street almost rammed into by hospital courtesy van and driver

Location

2424 N Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614
Alderman Michele Smith, 43rd Ward

Type

Abrupt stop

What happened

I was riding in the shared bike/bus lane, southbound on Clark Street a bit after 8 am. In advance of the Fullerton/Clark intersection, I could see that there were a bunch of cars queued up to turn left. They were far back enough on the street that they were blocking any cars whose drivers wanted to proceed straight. At this point, the bike/bus lane is still clearly marked and divided from traffic, and is marked that way for another 50-60 feet.

Riding toward the intersection, I saw the Advocate Illinois Masonic Patient Courtesy van driver start to pull into the bike lane, in an apparent attempt to get around the jam of left-turning cars. Thinking they were going for it, I prepared to brake hard, but the van stopped, and I thought they saw me. I was wrong. As I pulled even with the front windows of the van, the driver hit the gas and the van jumped toward me and into the bike lane. I was able to swerve to the right and avoid the van. I yelled, “NO!” and pointed directly at the driver.

After I passed the van, the driver finished driving into the bike lane for the remaining 50-60 feet before the merged into the other lanes and pulled up behind me at the Southbound Fullerton/Clark red light. The light changed and the driver came up next to me, yelled something through the open passenger-side window. I couldn’t hear what they said, but their face looked none too friendly. I said, “Do you understand how bike lanes work?!?” but the driver was already gone, accelerating further down Clark street.

Suggested improvements

Short of building a buffered lane, which would mean it was no longer a rush hour bus lane, I’m not really sure.

Bicyclist right-hooked by taxi driver in River North

Location

Type

Right hook
Abrupt stop

What happened

I was riding eastbound in the bike lane on Illinois approaching a stale green light at State St. A cab driver from my left sped up to make it through the green light and abruptly made a right turn in front of me. I had to slam on the brakes to avoid a collision.

Suggested improvements

None provided.

Ed. note: call 311 (or go online) and report the cab number to the operator. The city Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection takes seriously the dangerous and poor quality behavior that professionally licensed chauffeurs exhibit. 

Bicyclist screams to prevent SUV driver from turning into them

Location

3600 N Southport, Chicago, IL

Type

Right hook

What happened

I’m not sure the exact date/time but it was during an afternoon Cubs game. 

I’m riding northbound on Southport through the Addison intersection. At the intersection, the driver of a black SUV, without using their turn signal, turns right into me, trying to head east on Addison. I scream, and they stop before hitting me. 

The driver and passenger both have Cubs gear on. 

Suggested improvements

Bike way sight lines through intersections. More police monitoring & punishment of drunk drivers during Cubs games in Lakeview.

Bicyclist right-hooked on Grand by ABT delivery truck driver

Location

Grand Ave at McClurg Ct
42nd Ward, Alderman Reilly

Type

Right-hook (a right-hook doesn’t actually mean there has to be a collision; if you had to react with your bicycle, you had a right-hook)

What happened

I was heading westbound on Grand ave when an ABT delivery truck pulled from the left curb near McClurg to make a right at the intersection of Grand and McClurg. There were no signals for changing lanes or turning and no apparent observation of me by the occupants of the truck. No words were exchanged.

Suggested improvements

Nothing inherently wrong with the location pertaining to this incident.

Ed. note: I think that the bike lane doesn’t even look like a bike lane. For the whole length of the video you see a faded line on both sides, no bicycle symbols (markings), the line drops out on the right side as it passes a driveway, and it is dashed on the left side as it passes a driveway. I wouldn’t be surprised if drivers couldn’t identify it as a bike lane. 

Bicyclist ignored and honked at by taxi driver in Lakeview intersection

Location

2900 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
44th, Alderman Tom Tunney

Type

Had to stop abruptly

What happened

I was riding south on Clark in the buffered bike lane. There was a taxi on Oakdale at the stop sign waiting to cross Clark to continue west on Oakdale. There is no stop sign for Clark St traffic here so I proceeded. There was a long line of cars ahead of me, but I was far enough behind the other cars to be outside of any blind spots. After the last car in the line went through, the taxi pulled out just as I was crossing Oakdale, and honked at me as if I were in his way. I slowed down quickly but at that point I had already crossed his path.

Suggested improvements

Sometimes it feels like drivers do not look out for bicyclists and believe there are only cars on the road.

This stretch of Clark St has no traffic controls (stop lights/signs) from Wellington to Diversey. There should be traffic calming measures to slow down car traffic and make it easier for pedestrians and bike riders, who are often ignored, to be visible. In general, all drivers need to learn that cars are not the only vehicles using the streets.

Construction makes Halsted confusing and gets bicyclist almost hit

Location

501 S. Halsted St Chicago, IL 60607
25th Ward, Alderman Danny Solis

Type

Had to stop abruptly

What happened

There is a ton of construction in this area due to the Circle Interchange work. Halsted is down to 2 lanes, one in each direction, with a continuous concrete barrier abutting the NB lane. I was turning left off of EB Harrison onto NB Halsted. With a green light in my favor, I made my left turn and narrowly averted a head-on collision with a car driving SB in the NB lane of Halsted.

After slamming on the brakes and swerving to dodge the first car, I saw there were multiple cars driving on the left side of a double yellow line heading my way. I fortunately was able to make a u-turn into the SB lane (where there stopped cars) and get to the sidewalk. I assumed I had made a mistake, and Halsted might have been one way b/c of construction, but as I crossed the bridge on the sidewalk, NB vehicle traffic continued across the bridge.

Suggested improvements

Suggested improvements for this location: This whole area is really dangerous currently. I’m not sure what you can do to stop people from driving on the wrong side, but if the construction on Halsted could move the barriers even five feet over they could add a cycle track.

Ed. note: Use Peoria Street while that bridge is still open. 

Bicyclist nearly pinched on Milwaukee when impatient driver uses parking lane to bypass stopped car

Location

1324 N Milwaukee Chicago, IL 60622
1st Ward, Alderman Moreno

Type

Had to stop abruptly

What happened

Headed southbound on Milwaukee Avenue at Paulina Avenue. Single vehicle was waiting to make a left turn onto northbound Paulina from southbound Milwaukee. Driver of black SUV behind turning vehicle did the usual, swing out wide into the sharrow/parking lane to avoid being inconvenienced for four seconds.

I had nowhere to go except to slam on the brakes. I’m aware of this maneuver developing, so I generally approach it very slowly. Still, with full lights on and going 3 MPH, I was inches away from being pinched between the SUV and the parked cars. Also figures that the driver was on his cell phone during the time.

Suggested improvements

Ban cars on Milwaukee  no more pandering in my suggested improvements. If motorists can’t handle almost killing someone daily, they don’t deserve to use the road. Period.

Bicyclist must slow down to avoid being hit as driver doesn’t yield

Location

774 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL
27th Ward, Burnett

Type

Left hook

What happened

I was approaching the intersection Milwaukee has with Ogden, going southeast. As is typical at this intersection, as CDOT hasn’t fixed it despite the issue being well known for years, northwest-facing drivers who want to turn left from Milwaukee onto southwest Ogden receive a red signal before southeast Milwaukee traffic receives a red signal. These drivers then make their left turn while oncoming traffic still has the right of way. I don’t blame them for this. The intersection and the signal doesn’t tell them how to behave.

Suggested improvements

This seems easy: add a left turn signal or ban left turns.