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Bicyclist swerves to avoid oncoming car and falls into snow drift

Location

1009 W. Ardmore Chicago, IL
48th Ward, Harry Osterman

Type

Abrupt stop/swerve

What happened

I was traveling westbound on Ardmore (towards Kenmore) just west of the intersection of Ardmore and Sheridan while a driver was traveling east on Ardmore.

 

[Ardmore is an eastbound street for cars, but a two-way street for bikes, with a shared lane eastbound and a contraflow bike lane westbound.]

I was as far to the right as I could safely bike, given the snowy conditions. Normally, the other people drive slowly to pass safely, but in this case the driver was accelerating towards me, probably to make the green light. The driver did not give me enough room to safely pass, and I was forced to swerve into the snowbank, causing me to fall. I believe that if I would have stayed my course, I would have been in a head-on collision with the car. I would guess the speed of the car was roughly 20 MPH, and do not think I would have fared well if hit. I would have called the police, but the driver was through the intersection before I was able to gather his license plate information.

Suggested improvements

Build a cul-de-sac on the west side of Ardmore and Sheridan with a bicycle cut-through, to keep Ardmore from being a through street for motorized traffic. Keep the intersection signal for Lakefront Trail cyclists to cross Sheridan.