3600 N Southport, Chicago, IL
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.
Bike way sight lines through intersections. More police monitoring & punishment of drunk drivers during Cubs games in Lakeview.
2500 W. Addison St. Chicago, IL 60618
47th, Alderman Pawar
Driver in a minivan laid on his horn and screamed at me on Addison while I was traveling eastbound. This street has no shoulder at all and cyclists have no choice but to take the lane. Traffic jams when cars stop to turn left into McDonald’s. Once able to pass, the driver passed me with maybe a foot of clearance and proceeded to swerve towards me in a threatening manner several times before he was stopped by traffic and I was able to get ahead of him.
One lane of Addison between California and Western should be turned into a clearly marked bike lane. Traffic jams from left-turning vehicles could be resolved with green arrow cycles on the stoplights. A bike lane might also prevent parents from illegally parking their vehicles in the right lane to drop off kids at Lane Tech.
Ed. note: A sign installed by the City of Chicago several years ago recommends that people bicycle east on Addison from California through this area to reach Wrigley Field (see photo). As the development of the Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 continued it became clear that there are few comfortable routes to cross the Chicago River (and expressways).
I use Montrose or Belmont to cross the river and I would never use Addison or Irving Park. Belmont is very similar to Addison in that it has four travel lanes and no bike lanes, but for a much shorter segment.
I was stopped at the red light on California at Addison, heading south. As I was waiting for the light to change, a car pulled up next to me – too close and grazed my left side – the car hit my handlebar hard enough I had to catch myself and bike on my right leg. The driver did not get out of the car or roll down his window to say anything to me, just waved.
I pulled up a little ahead of the car to see its license plate, which, I believe said “R59 8280” (though when the police did a license place search it didn’t seem to match the car). It was a light-colored Toyota Corolla. As I wasn’t hurt, just annoyed, and my bike was ok, I pulled ahead once the light changed and continued on my way. As I was biking, though, the guy passed me and blew a kiss at me. Because apparently, sexism solves traffic accidents.
Ed. note: This is a collision, but since the bicyclist wasn’t injured I’m unsure if this would merit showing up in the Illinois crash reports dataset. Since the goal of Close Calls is to report the unreported, I am including it here. The submitter didn’t provide suggested improvements.
Roadway description: No bicycle markings
Your story: Two of us heading East on Addison. Driver in a mini van was waiting at stop sign on Osceola, headed South. Had to grab the brakes because driver sped across the road directly into our path. She almost T-boned us. We both shouted at her. She waved at us as she kept on driving.
Suggested improvements: [submitter didn’t leave any]