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Motorist looking for parking, instead of for bicyclist in bike lane on Kedize

Location

1945 N Kedzie Ave Chicago, IL
1st Ward, Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno

Type

Right hook

What happened

Riding westbound down Armitage, I was in the left-turn lane to turn left onto Kedzie. I pulled behind a driver in that lane, and when the light changed, he turned left into the traffic lane, and I turned left into the bike lane.

On Kedzie, the driver moved slowly enough that I pulled up alongside him in the bike lane. He then turned into the bike lane, heading towards me. I yelled, he noticed me, and made an apologetic gesture.

Suggested improvements 

Enforcement of motor vehicles that drive and park in the bike lanes. This driver behaved as drivers who are looking for parking do. However, there were no available parking spaces near the sport where he almost hit me. Had there been, I would have been aware that he was likely to turn and would not have put myself in a spot to get hit if he did so.

Therefore, I believe that he intended to pull into the bike lane to park there. Residents on this stretch of Kedzie are in the habit of using the bike lane as a loading/standing zone. This incident illustrates how that behavior is not just inconvenient to cyclists, but it is dangerous to them.

Bicyclist alerts driver to impending collision, driver avoids and revs engine

Location

4100 N California Ave, Chicago, IL
33rd Ward, Alderman Deb Mell

Type

Had to stop abruptly

What happened

Heading north on California Ave next to Horner Park and a driver abruptly decided to try and move into the parking lane in order to turn right into one of the Horner Park entrances. They saw me and I yelled and then told them to watch out, which the driver and 5 passengers didn’t seem to like, which led to the driver revving his engine while I continued in front of him north on California.

Suggested improvements

Repainting the shared bike lane markings would be nice. A protected bike lane would be better although I don’t know if the street is wide enough [it would be wide enough if you removed parking from one side, like the park side which has its own parking lots].

Something like California between Addison and Roscoe would be better (well defined lane, maybe buffered).

Driver backing out of parking space almost hits bicyclist on Ravenswood

Type

Abrupt stop

Location

4649 N Ravenswood (between Wilson and Leland)
47th Ward, Alderman Pawar

What happened

I’m headed northbound on Ravenswood and there’s pull-in diagonal parking on the street. Large SUV is backing out of spot into my path, doesn’t see me. If I continued my path and I didn’t stop, it would have hit me.

I begin screaming when they don’t stop moving. About 10 feet from our path’s intersection, driver notices or hears me and stops, I ride on.

Improvements

Ravenswood at rush hour is bad, lots of people leaving work and the Metra stop, hard sight lines of cars backing out of parking spaces. There should be back-in diagonal parking and better lighting to improve visibility.

Driver leaving parking lot sees right through bicyclist on Clark Street

Type

Other

What happened

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. 

Driver speeds out of parking garage while bicyclist stops quickly to avoid collision

Type

Had to stop abruptly

What happened

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. 

Waiting in parking space for traffic to clear, bicyclist almost gets backed into

Type

Other
Injury: No

What happened

Roadway description: Wide/buffered bike lane (with hatch marks on one or both sides)

Your story: Many cars were parallel parked outside of REI.  After leaving the store, I was astride my bicycle in an empty parking spot waiting for bike traffic to clear so I could move into the lane.  The woman in the car in front of me decided to back up so she could move out of her spot into the road, but she didn’t look back at all. I started shouting and trying to move back, but there was a parked car behind me as well. I slapped her trunk, and she heard that then stopped and waved an apology.