Tag Archives: Madison Street

Divvy rider rear ended but driver takes them to train station

Type

Other

What happened

I had rented a Divvy bike for the first time and was riding westbound on Madison toward the Ogilvie Transportation Center. I was in the bike lane, sandwiched between the bus lane and the car lanes. Suddenly, the bike I was riding on was struck from behind by a car. Fortunately, the driver was braking and struck the bike at a low speed. I was not knocked off the bike, but the back fender was pushed into the tire. After the collision, the bike could not be ridden. I was lucky not to be injured in this collision. Although I was riding defensively, there was nothing I could have done to protect myself from this collision. The driver of the car was not paying attention. He was attempting to make a right turn when he hit the bike. I call the Divvy customer service number and Divvy sent a van to pick up the bike. The car driver was very apologetic and gave me a ride to Ogilvie.

Suggested improvements for this location: I wonder why the bike lane is sandwiched between the car lanes and bus lane. Shouldn’t it be on the far right along the curb on this one-way westbound street? Seems like it would be safer.

Editor’s note: I have been advocating to stop using the centered bike lane design the way the City of Chicago has been designing them.

Driver blows through red light at Clark/Madison, nearly hits bicyclist

Type
Other
Injury: No

What happened

Roadway description: Bike lane (left of bus lane)

Your story: I was biking westbound on Madison. I had a green light as I crossed Clark. A southbound driver of a black sedan on Clark blew through the red light and almost hit me; the driver slammed on the brakes and we barely avoided each other.

Suggested improvements: I was too shaken up to have the wherewithal to talk to the driver before (s)he drove away. I would like to know if this was the result of distracted driving, or what. To just blow through a red light (the Madison Street green light was nearing the end of its countdown, so this driver was not simply trying and failing to beat a yellow) seems egregious to me. Maybe if there isn’t a red light camera at that intersection, there should be.