1650 N Clark Street
Alderman Michelle Smith, 43rd Ward
A southbound CTA 36 bus #1308 driven by a late 40’s white female passed myself and another cyclist very closely just before the Clark and LaSalle intersection. The cyclist in front of me was driven into an open door of a parked car. At that point I noted the number on the back of the bus, planning to file a report to CTA and went on my way, passing the bus at Clark and LaSalle. Approaching the red light at Clark and North, the bus driver again started to pass me very closely.
There is absolutely no way she didn’t know I was there. As the bus was at the less than halfway point past me with less than a bus length to go before the stop, she veered towards the stop with about 1 foot of space between the bus and the curb, with me in between. As this was happening, I was thinking the driver would slow for me to pass because it seemed inconceivable that the driver wouldn’t wait 3 seconds for me to reach the light.
I was screaming for her to stop and banging on the windows of the bus but she kept veering over towards the curb pinning me between the bus and the curb. I fell over onto the curb with my leg actually under the bus. I got myself and my bike up on the sidewalk (light still red) and the driver quickly closed the door so I couldn’t get on.
I banged on the door but she ignored me so I know she knows what she did. I noted the driver’s appearance and had already gotten the number on the bus from before when she passed so decided it best not to interact further and again passed the bus leaving it far behind.
Add PBL’s or at least some paint so drivers know there will be cyclists. Though in this case there is no way she missed seeing me. CTA drivers need to be certain that they have cleared bikers before veering towards the stop as well as pass with a minimum of 3 feet of space between.
Ed. note: This submitter has notified the Chicago Transit Authority of this incident, using their email@example.com contact point.
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 passed very closely by three different CTA bus drivers this morning on Clark Street heading south from Addison to the Loop. One bus actually grazed my elbow and the other two passed me within a foot. I was cycling slightly slower than usual in the extreme left of the Clark Street bike/bus lane due to all the slush on the side of the road [see a video of what this lane looks like]. There appeared to be a bus bunching problem because I have never seen so many buses in a row on Clark before.
One bus driver also nearly right-hooked me as they started veering to the right towards the bus stop before they had even halfway passed me but I swerved into the slush to get out of the way.
Bus drivers passing with minimal clearance is a recurring problem on Clark Street for me and is not road condition-dependent. Normally I would take the lane if I felt like there wasn’t enough space for a driver to pass, but Clark is definitely wide enough to give the necessary clearance.
Suggested improvements for this location: Please remind CTA bus drivers of the 3-feet rule when passing and remind them to make sure they have completely passed any cyclists before veering right into the bus stop.
Had to stop abruptly
I was biking south on Clark towards Diversey and was riding in the traffic lane because I had to move around a bus that was stopped to pick up passengers. Driver was on Diversey and attempting to turn right onto southbound Clark.
The driver turned right immediately in front of me causing me to stop abruptly.
Suggested improvements for this location: Designate Diversey and Clark, if not already done so, a “No Right on Red” in all directions. If this is already designated the police [or cameras] should enforce it.
While passing a bus stopped at a stop a black pick up on giant tires almost side swiped me. Plate # YA 1 ND or something like that in those shapes. I’ve felt like I was almost sideswiped many times before, but now I really know what it feels like.
I stopped to tell the state police officer parked just on the other side of the bus stop and he was unable to help because he was “off duty” and “unarmed” but he was in an official vehicle.
Suggested improvements for this location: Bike lane, wider street, wider bus stop so the bus can pull in more.