Riding southbound on Clark, after crossing Chestnut, I had overtaken another biker. After getting ahead by 20 feet, I began to return to same path as the other biker when a vehicle started exiting the parking lot on the west side of Clark.
The driver appeared to see through me and focused on other vehicles only to block the other rider’s path and continued to pull into the street. The driver forced me nearly into the opposite direction travel lane while a cluster of northbound cars were approaching us.
Ed. note: submitter declined to suggest improvements.
Had to stop abruptly
I was biking northbound on Clark past the Francis Parker School. I had been riding next to this black SUV. Suddenly the driver decides to turn into a parking lot. I got right hooked. Had to slam on my brakes, swerved off the road and landed on my ankle wrong 🙁
Suggested improvements for this location: this woman should have been paying attention.
Ed. note: The street is too narrow to accommodate existing parking and a bike lane. The bike lane would have made a minor improvement on visibility of bicyclists.
Had to stop abruptly
Driver exited the parking garage with little consideration for potential pedestrians on the sidewalk and on focused on the eastbound traffic on 8th street. As soon as I arrived at the alley under the ‘L’, the driver accelerated from the parking garage forcing me to come to an abrupt stop to avoid running into his car.
Ed. note: submitter declined to provide suggested improvements.
1. Right hook
Injury: Minor scrapes, bumps and bruises
Roadway description: Sharrows (bicycle symbol with two chevrons)
Your story: Traffic was backed up on Halsted and there was a clear path on the right side of the line of cars as the light changed at Adams. I was traveling northbound from Jackson at approximately 15-18mph when a gentleman decided to make a right turn into the parking lot on the east side of the street. I swerved, his front bumper still managed to clip my rear wheel, I managed to stay upright. We exchanged names and insurance made amends the following day, after having my bike checked out.
Improvements: Sharrows need to be repainted and possibly more frequently, the gentleman did not notice any bicycle markings indicating it was a shared use road.
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