1945 N Kedzie Ave Chicago, IL
1st Ward, Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno
Riding westbound down Armitage, I was in the left-turn lane to turn left onto Kedzie. I pulled behind a driver in that lane, and when the light changed, he turned left into the traffic lane, and I turned left into the bike lane.
On Kedzie, the driver moved slowly enough that I pulled up alongside him in the bike lane. He then turned into the bike lane, heading towards me. I yelled, he noticed me, and made an apologetic gesture.
Enforcement of motor vehicles that drive and park in the bike lanes. This driver behaved as drivers who are looking for parking do. However, there were no available parking spaces near the sport where he almost hit me. Had there been, I would have been aware that he was likely to turn and would not have put myself in a spot to get hit if he did so.
Therefore, I believe that he intended to pull into the bike lane to park there. Residents on this stretch of Kedzie are in the habit of using the bike lane as a loading/standing zone. This incident illustrates how that behavior is not just inconvenient to cyclists, but it is dangerous to them.
2600 W Armitage, at Rockwell
1st Ward, Alderman Moreno
I was traveling eastbound on Armitage just east of Rockwell street. The Chicago Transit Authority bus in question began to pass me on my left, and then began to turn right while it was alongside me, trapping me between the curb and the bus. I yelled, “hey! hey! hey!”, but the bus continued moving rightward, and I had to jump off of my bike and pull it up onto the curb to avoid being run over by the bus. This was especially dangerous because there was snow and slush packed up against the curb and on the curb, and if I had slipped, I may have gone under the bus’s wheels. It was daylight, I was riding with my lights on, and I was wearing reflective clothing, so if the bus driver did not see me, it is because she was not looking.
Suggested improvements for this location: I agree with other comments on this site that CTA drivers need to be better trained that bikes are not the same as stationary obstacles – that they need to be passed with more distance.
I was going west on Armitage through the intersection at Humboldt. A woman driving an eastbound car turned left. Had I not hit my brakes, we would have collided. She saw me at the last minute and hit her brakes, but not enough to stop. As she drove past me, I saw that she was holding her phone up at the steering wheel level.
Suggested improvements for this location: This appears to be a classic example of a driver too engrossed in her phone to pay attention to the road. Clearly the current level of enforcement and penalties is insufficient to deter drivers from flagrantly violating the laws about cell phone usage.
Driver of a white van parked along the side of the street opened his door quickly without looking (I hope. Otherwise he was trying to kill me). Fortunately, I was not too close too parked cars and saw the door in time to swerve the couple inches that kept me from getting doored. Had I not been looking at the van at the right moment, I would have been doored.
Suggested improvements for this location: A place for bikes to ride that’s not in the door zone.