The driver of CTA bus #1417, southbound route 36, ran me off the road at 7:45 this morning. I was riding southbound on Broadway, passing Briar, as far right as safe and practical because of slush and ice near the parked cars and the curb.
The driver of CTA bus #1417 came behind me, blaring the horn. I was well aware the bus was there before the driver began blaring the horn, but it was not safe to ride further to the right because of slush and ice at the curb.
The driver of CTA bus #1417 passed within two feet of me on the left, cutting back in toward me to avoid running over the pedestrian crossing sign at Barry. I was forced into the slush as the bus came within 12-18 inches of me.
I skidded, which was what I was trying to avoid with my original lane position. Fortunately, I remained mostly upright and unharmed.
Suggested improvements for this location: There are lots of cyclists on Broadway but there is insufficient road space because of curbside parking. Barry and Briar are common routes to and from the Lakefront Trail, but where those roads meet with Broadway, there are dangerous conflicts points, made worse when road conditions are snowy.
The bus driver should know better than to honk at cyclists who have taken the lane. The bus driver should know better than to pass within three feet of a cyclist. That driver acted with absolute disregard for the most vulnerable road user
Riding south on Broadway just after crossing Sheridan, driver sped past me then abruptly slowed and turned right into the Dunkin Donuts’s driveway.
As the driver turned, he was less than ten feet in front of me. There was zero traffic due to the time of the day and the driver had no reason to operate the vehicle in that manner.
Ed. note: submitter declined to suggest improvements, saying,
I don’t have a recommendation regarding infrastructure. A bike lane, even a PBL, won’t solve it, it may raise awareness, but the driver knew I was there or else he wouldn’t have sped around me.
What should the driver have done instead? Slow down and allow me to pass the driveway before pulling in. Both of us were within 50 feet of the driveway when this occurred and would not have been an inconvenience to the driver.
Southbound, approaching the stop sign at Melrose and Broadway, a driver of a silver Honda Civic with Texas plates passed me too close, only just clipping my arm. I moved my arm out of the way so this incident didn’t result in an injury. I yelled at them, even yelled about the 3 foot passing law, they called me a “dummy,” I replied with, “well why don’t we call the police, then?” The argument continued up to the light at Belmont and Broadway, at which point I proceeded southbound on Broadway and the car turned right on to Belmont.
Suggested improvements for this location: This section of Broadway really, really needs bicycle infrastructure of some kind. The road is very narrow, yes, but this street needs something to make it friendlier to cyclists.
Your story: Just north of Sheridan and Halsted, Broadway splits off and becomes the main road heading slightly northeast. I generally look over my left shoulder in the event a car approaches and attempts to continue north on Halsted/Clarendon.
I was riding north on Halsted, crossed Sheridan and approached the split for Broadway. Looked over my shoulder to see a driver about 20 feet behind me and as I did that I suddenly heard the revving of an engine. He was gunning to pass me on the left to go right onto Clarendon while I was veering left to continue on Broadway.
At that point I would have at least collided with his right quarter panel had I continued, but I maintained my straight direction and waited for him to pass. He did so and continued onto Clarendon.
Suggested improvements for this location: IMPROVE LANE MARKINGS. Drivers often assume, for some reason, that a biker is riding north towards Clarendon in any situation.
Direct drivers to travel in a specific lane for Clarendon and Broadway, at this point the northbound “lane” is roughly two marked lanes wide. Extremely vague and close calls are frequent.
Ed. note: I would suggest aligning Clarendon to Sheridan to create a more right-angle intersection to eliminate the channelization effect. The default maneuver here is to follow the slight curve on Broadway, and bicyclists who do this are at risk being hooked by a car going straight from Broadway onto Clarendont.
Swerved into your path and then out of your path
Roadway description: No bicycle markings
Your story: A southbound cab was picking up (or discharging, I’m not sure) a passenger on Broadway just south of the crosswalk, where Briar crosses Broadway. A southbound driver swerved around the cab, riding entirely in the northbound lane (possibly because the car could not fit between the cab and the “Stop for Pedestrians” sign in the crosswalk there) where I was riding. Both of us had to swerve to avoid a collision.
Suggested improvements: Better driver education, particularly that cyclists are moving faster than drivers think and that it is not appropriate to swerve into oncoming traffic whether oncoming traffic is another car or a bicycle.
Broadway could use some measures to slow drivers as well.