Tag Archives: Lakefront Trail

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.

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

Driver exiting LSD sees bicyclist but turns right across their path anyway

Type

Other
Injury: No

What happened

Roadway description: No bicycle markings

Your story: Northbound on Lakefront Trail, a driver turning right from Lake Shore Drive exit ramp looked right at me, then made a right turn in front of me.

Suggested improvements: Signage, etc. perhaps motion or radar activated blinking lights? It could blink when something on the trail is traveling in excess of 15mph near the street crossing.