Tag Archives: Ohio Street

Bicyclist right-hooked in River North but has a conversation with driver afterwards

Location

Franklin and Ohio, Chicago, IL
42nd, Alderman Reilly

Type

Right hook

What happened

I was riding north on Franklin, about to go through a green light, when a van turned right in front of me. I yelled and the driver stopped after a couple seconds, but I couldn’t stop in time to avoid my arm hitting her right rearview mirror. (I don’t know if it counts as a close call since there was a collision, but I didn’t fall and wasn’t injured except for a bruise on my arm.)

After she stopped she started yelling at me and I yelled back at her–she said I wasn’t in the bike lane (there isn’t a bike lane there) and that I should have seen her turn signal (I was riding at the same rate as traffic, so I didn’t see it–I think that’s also why she didn’t see me). We argued for a couple minutes and then she said she’d pull over so we could talk about it out of the way of traffic, which she did, and then asked if I was OK and if I needed her information. I said I was all right and left it at that–it seemed like she’d been trying to drive carefully and just hadn’t seen me next to her van.

Suggested improvements

A dedicated right-turn lane might help.

Ed. note: I would disagree. A dedicated right-turn lane would move the conflict point slightly, but maintain a conflict point. I think that drivers need better training and it needs reinforcing that a bicyclist will be on any street at any time and deserve a look to the right and to the mirror. 

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.