Tag Archives: Belmont Avenue

Bicyclist and driver vie for same space at poorly marked intersection


Right hook or left hook

What happened

Your story: I was heading southeast on Milwaukee Avenue and came to a stop where Milwaukee meets up with Belmont. There was a red truck (fairly large, probably an F250 with the cab covering the bed) that was in the right lane.

I biked between the car that was in the lane to go straight and in between the truck, as I presumed the truck was going to turn.

As soon as I got between the two the light changed to green and the truck sped up really quick and was merely inches away from me. It felt VERY aggressive. The car behind me then honked at me because I had to maneuver over a little bit to avoid getting seriously hurt from this large truck.

There was another biker just a little bit ahead of me, but I don’t think he saw anything because he didn’t react at all. The large truck continued to go really fast down Milwaukee.

Suggested improvements for this location:

I think there should at least be sharrows because drivers in this area do not seem to expect bikes. I’ve been passed very closely when I was doing absolutely nothing wrong more than once.

Editor’s note: This intersection, like most, could benefit from refreshed pavement markings. Secondly, the right lane could be marked as a right-turn lane (buses and bicycles excepted).

Driver passes really closely to intimidate bicyclist on Milwaukee in Avondale


Passed really closely
Injury: No

What happened

Roadway description: No bicycle markings

Your story: Biking to work, approached a red light at Belmont/Milwaukee. There was a long line of right turning cars, so I proceeded through the middle lane to get to the crosswalk.

When the light turned green, I had reached the opposite side of the intersection when I heard a quickly-accelerating-vehicle behind me. I veered to the right as close to the parked vehicles as I could and still had a pickup driver pass me on the left with maybe a few inches to spare between his mirror and my handlebar.

It was clear he had done this to intimidate me, as he was on the far right side of the lane.

Of course he accelerated into traffic a half block later. I debated confrontation when I reached him, but decided passing him again, and for good, while he remained stuck in traffic was enough.

Suggested improvements: Add any bike infrastructure to this stretch of Milwaukee. Define the lanes prior to major intersections on Milwaukee to reduce driver speeds and reckless driving. Require drivers renewal tests for licenses include an ability to demonstrate safe driving, not just an ability to breathe and/or stand in line [emphasis added].