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Bicyclists get harassed by driver wanting to turn right onto Ashland from Elston


Right hook

What happened

I was bicycling northbound on Elston with four others on bicycles. Coming out of the intersection with Armitage, we are all positioned in the right-hand lane and continuing with the lane as it traverses Ashland. An impatient driver in a compact car wishes to turn right onto Ashland, but was not positioned behind us nor using a turn signal. The driver stops in the through lane at the Ashland/Elston intersection, honks and yells as we travel straight through the light.

As part of my regular commute home, I am nearly right-hooked at least once a week at this location.

Suggested improvements for this location: Narrow roadway north of Armitage with new curb (or, as interim measure, use bollards, planters, and paint). Square the intersection to remove right turn only lane at Ashland, making left lane a thru/turn lane. Extend bike facilities through this stretch, as they exist before and just after it.

Editor’s note: This is a frequent right-hook location. The following video I made shows the situation.

Right-hooked at Elston just north of Armitage (hotspot)


2050 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL
32nd Ward, Scott Waguespack


Right hook (car turned right, across your path)

What happened

Traveling northbound on Elston – where there is no bike lane because it ends at Cortland – just before Ashland, but after the light at Armitage, I took the lane. I often do this to make it clear that I’m not planning to turn right onto Ashland and to give those who are going to turn right the room to move into the [faded] right-turn lane.

The driver of a 4-door sedan moved from behind me to my left and proceeded to move in front of me as the driver turned the vehicle onto Ashland from the right lane. He drove quickly and I narrowly avoided the right hook. (The video below clearly demonstrates the issue.)

Suggested improvements

The stretch of Elston north of Cortland needs clear on-street markings that delineate a bicycle lane and travel lanes.

[vimeo https://vimeo.com/74604351]

The Elston Avenue right hook, Steven Vance