Tag Archives: Lawrence Avenue

Anxious driver cuts off bicyclist legally passing on the right

Type

Right hook (car turned right, across your path)
Injury: No

What happened

Roadway description: Sharrows (bicycle symbol with two chevrons)

Your story: Eastbound traffic on Lawrence was backed up from Broadway to about Clark St, and I was passing the stopped traffic on the right via the shared bike lane with ample room. A driver in a white- or light-colored wagon abruptly pulled into my path in order to turn right on Beacon St (he had previously been stopped, and I did not see a signal). I was forced to brake hard to avoid a collision.  After I shouted (and, admittedly, cursed) to get the driver’s attention, he slowed down long enough to scream his own set of obscenities at me before speeding off.

Suggested improvements: Infrastructure on Lawrence (east of Ravenswood, at least) seems adequate; shared lanes are marked and this is the first close call I’ve had on that route.  This seems to be an issue of driver awareness and education, particularly since bicyclists’ right to pass stopped traffic on the right was explicitly made legal this summer.

Editor’s note: Governor Quinn signed legislation that clarified existing legislation about whether or not bicyclists can pass on the right slower or stopped traffic. They always could but the legislation, which applied only to motorcyclists, was confusing. This means that the daily maneuver of a majority of people cycling – “filtering” to the front of a line of stopped cars – is legal.

Driver seems to completely ignore bicyclist and tries to make right turn across path

Type

Right hook (car turned right, across your path)
Injury: No

What happened

Roadway description: No bicycle markings

Your story: I was in front of a driver, stopped at a light, waiting to turn right onto Lawrence from Pulaski. After making the turn, the driver behind me also turned. About 20-30 ft after the corner, he tried to turn in front of me into a parking lot or alley. It was a Dodge charger. I yelled at him and sped up to stay ahead of him so he wouldn’t run into me or get in front of me at the last second. Not sure if he ever noticed I was there.

Suggested improvements: [submitter did not specify any]

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.