4632 W. Montrose Chicago, IL 60641
Was traveling westbound on Montrose. Saw car come up on right, thought it was a cab. It was a Chicago police department car. It sped up to turn right in front of me. I had to brake a bit to avoid the collision. I said “Really?” loudly, and the officer stopped post-turn, rolled his window down, and told me to “fuck off.”
There is street parking just east of there, and the entrance ramp to the Kennedy west. Bike lanes would help on Montrose, but perhaps removing the parking or putting a dedicated turn lane for Knox might help. Many drivers get in the right lane just before Cicero as Montrose opens, only to have to bunch back up at the parking before Knox.
Roadway description: No bicycle markings
Your story: My wife, two kids (ages 5 and 6), and I were cycling to Margie’s Candies for some good old fashioned family fun. We were slowly crossing N Ravenswood on the south side of Montrose on our bikes (using the sidewalk as my kids are small and one is still on training wheels). My wife corked the intersection to ensure cars wouldn’t go through as my kids were crossing. A man driving a dry cleaning van began to honk and scream at my wife to get the “f” outta the way – while my kids were crossing. He was heading southbound on N Ravenswood and wanted to cross Montrose, but was apparently inconvenienced by a family crossing his path. He started to come forward while my son was still crossing. That’s when he saw me – I gave him a piece of my mind – and he backed down like the coward he is. I wish I got the plate number of the white van, so I could have reported it to his employer, but my rage got the best of me and I was focused on verbally undressing this ass.
Suggested improvements: I don’t know – road rage classes for all drivers.