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Bicyclist stops abruptly to avoid being creamed by cellphone-toting driver

Type

Left hook

What happened

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.

Young driver on phone goes straight instead of left when bicyclist had crosswalk signal

Type

Passed really closely
Injury: No

What happened

Roadway description: Crosswalk

Your story: I was crossing Lake Shore Drive at the intersection with Jackson Boulevard.¬†When I got halfway to through the intersection on my bike, a driver whom was supposed to turn left onto Jackson Boulevard decided to continue straight onto LSD through the red light and into my crosswalk. The early 20’s girl was on the phone too. I caught up to her and her excuse was… “I am new to the city” I told her if I didn’t have disc breaks then she would have killed me.

Suggested improvements: Submitter didn’t provide