Tag Archives: Milwaukee Avenue

Impatient motorists gains a few feet in the queue but not before nearly striking cyclist

Location

900 N Milwaukee Ave (south of Augusta)
27th Ward, Alderman Burnett

Type

Right hook

What happened

Typical rush hour traffic on southbound Milwaukee Ave: cars stopped, backed up in the main travel lane while a line of bikes was moving in the bike lane. The driver of a purple van was stopped in the line of cars. Instead of waiting, he swerved right out into the bike lane, nearly striking the cyclist ahead of me. He drove in the bike lane past a few cars and then merged back into the main travel lane.

Suggested improvements

An actual barrier or grade-separation of this “protected” bike lane would make it less convenient for drivers to use it as a passing lane.

Bicyclist has to stop abruptly to avoid SUV turning in front of view-blocking FedEx truck

Location

701 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL
Ward 27, Alderman Burnett

Type

Abrupt stop

What happened

Was cycling northbound on Milwaukee in the marked bike lane. First had to navigate around illegally parked delivery truck completely blocking the bike lane leaving a totally blind intersection to cross through. Then, the driver of a large SUV makes a left turn into a parking lot and unexpectedly stops while completely blocking the bike lane.

Slamming on the brakes is the only alternative here due to another illegally parked delivery truck which is blocking the only other safe exit path from this situation.

Suggested improvements

For this location and others would be designated parking areas for delivery vehicles that don’t block traffic lanes or bike lanes and are located in such a way that don’t create obstructed views of intersections. Also, ticketing of illegally parked vehicles could help with the illegal parking.

Bicyclist right-hooked on Milwaukee as driver turns into fast food lot

Location

2246 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, il 60647
1st Ward, Alderman Moreno

Type

Right hook

What happened

I was biking south on Milwaukee Ave [which has a conventional bike lane] at a consistent speed.  There was a cyclist in front of me by two car lengths, and so I was matching their speed. The driver of a blue SUV, an older model, attempted to turn into the parking lot of Cafeteria Marianao slightly ahead of me, completely cutting me off. I yelled “HEY” and started braking immediately. If I had not, the vehicle would have hit me. He stopped, and when I stopped to look at him, he began screaming about how I biked too fast. The situation did not seem safe, so I left.

Suggested improvements

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Bicyclist slams on brakes to avoid hitting inattentive driver on Milwaukee

Location

1077 N Milwaukee Ave
27th Ward, Alderman Burnett

Type

Had to stop abruptly

What happened

Cyclist directly in front of me was traveling northwest on Milwaukee Avenue in the bike lane when a driver pulled out of the parking lot without looking. There were parked cars to the right of us, and solid traffic to the left. The driver pulled out in front of the cyclist, blocking the bike lane, causing the cyclist to slam on his brakes to avoid running into the side of the car. The driver was on his cell phone, glanced at the cyclist, and then sped out into traffic, turning left onto Milwaukee. No words or gestures were exchanged, and cyclist continued on and was not injured. The vehicle was an older model black SUV.

Suggested improvements

Signage could be added at the driveway, indicating that cyclists may be present.

Ed. note: This driver, and all of those who use this parking lot, should know better because of the 1000s of cyclists that pass here in both directions daily. Also, the city should improve the sight lines here by removing car parking on either side of the driveways.

Bicyclist nearly pinched on Milwaukee when impatient driver uses parking lane to bypass stopped car

Location

1324 N Milwaukee Chicago, IL 60622
1st Ward, Alderman Moreno

Type

Had to stop abruptly

What happened

Headed southbound on Milwaukee Avenue at Paulina Avenue. Single vehicle was waiting to make a left turn onto northbound Paulina from southbound Milwaukee. Driver of black SUV behind turning vehicle did the usual, swing out wide into the sharrow/parking lane to avoid being inconvenienced for four seconds.

I had nowhere to go except to slam on the brakes. I’m aware of this maneuver developing, so I generally approach it very slowly. Still, with full lights on and going 3 MPH, I was inches away from being pinched between the SUV and the parked cars. Also figures that the driver was on his cell phone during the time.

Suggested improvements

Ban cars on Milwaukee  no more pandering in my suggested improvements. If motorists can’t handle almost killing someone daily, they don’t deserve to use the road. Period.

Bicyclist maneuvers to avoid getting hit by driver swerving into bike lane to bypass traffic

Location

1057 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
27th Ward, Alderman Burnett

Type

Left hook
Passed closely

What happened

I was riding northbound in the Milwaukee Avenue bike lane and had just gone through the green at Noble Street when the driver of a black VW Beetle cut across my path and into the bike lane in an attempt to circumvent the stopped traffic (backed up from Ashland). I was able to swerve towards the curb to avoid collision. I yelled as I was maneuvering around the car to alert the driver to my presence.

Suggested improvements

Protected bike lanes and ticketing drivers who make dangerous maneuvers during rush hour.

Bicyclist must slow down to avoid being hit as driver doesn’t yield

Location

774 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL
27th Ward, Burnett

Type

Left hook

What happened

I was approaching the intersection Milwaukee has with Ogden, going southeast. As is typical at this intersection, as CDOT hasn’t fixed it despite the issue being well known for years, northwest-facing drivers who want to turn left from Milwaukee onto southwest Ogden receive a red signal before southeast Milwaukee traffic receives a red signal. These drivers then make their left turn while oncoming traffic still has the right of way. I don’t blame them for this. The intersection and the signal doesn’t tell them how to behave.

Suggested improvements

This seems easy: add a left turn signal or ban left turns.

Bicyclist speeds up at Milwaukee/Chicago to avoid getting run over by cement truck

Location

802 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL
27th Ward, Alderman Burnett

Type

Right hook

What happened

I was biking southbound in the bike lane going through the intersection just after the green. I had just crossed the crosswalk when a cement truck on my left, preparing to make a right turn onto Chicago Avenue, started merging into the bike lane (of course there was no turn signal). The cyclist in front of me was cleared, but I was not yet. I sprinted to get out of the way.

Suggested improvements

There should really be a bike box in front of the turn lane here. Turning vehicles are almost always hanging out in the bike lane and drivers are not super mindful. I’d feel better if I could always be way in front of traffic stopped at the light.

Bicyclist stops abruptly at Ohio/Milwaukee, a secretly problematic intersection

Location

600 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL United States

Type

Had to stop abruptly

What happened

I was riding NB on Milwaukee Ave, in the bike lane. An SUV going westbound on Ohio ran the stop sign in order to turn right onto Milwaukee, across my path. As soon as I saw what he was doing, I started yelling while squeezing my brakes. I managed to stop just short of colliding with him, and he apologized.

Suggested improvements 

Stop allowing westbound traffic on Ohio on this block. Maybe there are less drastic solutions, but I cannot think of any.

This is possibly the most dangerous intersection I regularly ride through. Drivers pull out in front of bikes without looking on a regular basis here. I’ve learned to be very alert whenever I see a car approaching the stop sign, and it is only because of that that I didn’t crash in this instance.

Bicyclist on Milwaukee Ave almost right-hooked on strip-malled section of street

Location

2240 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
1st Ward, Alderman Moreno

Type

Right hook

What happened

I was in the bike lane and the driver next to me began to turn right into the bike lane, on a path to strike me. I yelled “hey! hey! hey!” while braking and he finally saw me and stopped turning.

Suggested improvements

Protected bike lanes.