Tag Archives: right hook

Bicyclist nearly right-hooked on Kedzie at North Ave

Location

Kedzie Avenue at North Avenue, southbound
Ward 26, Alderman Roberto Maldonaldo

Type

Right hook
Had to stop abruptly

What happened

The driver of a gray Dodge SUV turned right onto North Avenue from Kedzie Boulevard on a green light but didn’t yield for me at the intersection. I crept to the intersection and they paced, just before they right-hooked me did they seem to fully realize the significance of the situation. As I stopped before the impending collision I was met with stares as though by being there i was somehow breaking a law. Driver and lady passenger stared contemptuously, safe in their steel tonnage after having come within inches of collision, then sped off…

Suggested improvements 

Join the two halves of the bike lane by dotted lines and paint the word yield on either side (not in the bike lane)

Editor’s note: The bike lane ends 150 feet before reaching North Avenue in favor of marking a right-turn lane for motorists.

Bicyclist on Broadway right-hooked by driver speeding to Dunkin Donuts

Type

Right hook

What happened

Riding south on Broadway just after crossing Sheridan, driver sped past me then abruptly slowed and turned right into the Dunkin Donuts’s driveway.

As the driver turned, he was less than ten feet in front of me. There was zero traffic due to the time of the day and the driver had no reason to operate the vehicle in that manner.

Ed. note: submitter declined to suggest improvements, saying,

I don’t have a recommendation regarding infrastructure. A bike lane, even a PBL, won’t solve it, it may raise awareness, but the driver knew I was there or else he wouldn’t have sped around me.

What should the driver have done instead? Slow down and allow me to pass the driveway before pulling in. Both of us were within 50 feet of the driveway when this occurred and would not have been an inconvenience to the driver.

Clark Street bicyclist right hooked, falls and hurts ankle

Type

Right hook
Had to stop abruptly

What happened

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. 

Nearly clipped as driver makes right onto Clarendon when bicyclist continues straight on Broadway

Type

Right hook

What happened

Your story: Just north of Sheridan and Halsted, Broadway splits off and becomes the main road heading slightly northeast. I generally look over my left shoulder in the event a car approaches and attempts to continue north on Halsted/Clarendon.

I was riding north on Halsted, crossed Sheridan and approached the split for Broadway. Looked over my shoulder to see a driver about 20 feet behind me and as I did that I suddenly heard the revving of an engine. He was gunning to pass me on the left to go right onto Clarendon while I was veering left to continue on Broadway.

At that point I would have at least collided with his right quarter panel had I continued, but I maintained my straight direction and waited for him to pass. He did so and continued onto Clarendon.

Suggested improvements for this location: IMPROVE LANE MARKINGS. Drivers often assume, for some reason, that a biker is riding north towards Clarendon in any situation.

Direct drivers to travel in a specific lane for Clarendon and Broadway, at this point the northbound “lane” is roughly two marked lanes wide. Extremely vague and close calls are frequent.

Ed. note: I would suggest aligning Clarendon to Sheridan to create a more right-angle intersection to eliminate the channelization effect. The default maneuver here is to follow the slight curve on Broadway, and bicyclists who do this are at risk being hooked by a car going straight from Broadway onto Clarendont.

Driver seems to completely ignore bicyclist and tries to make right turn across path

Type

Right hook (car turned right, across your path)
Injury: No

What happened

Roadway description: No bicycle markings

Your story: I was in front of a driver, stopped at a light, waiting to turn right onto Lawrence from Pulaski. After making the turn, the driver behind me also turned. About 20-30 ft after the corner, he tried to turn in front of me into a parking lot or alley. It was a Dodge charger. I yelled at him and sped up to stay ahead of him so he wouldn’t run into me or get in front of me at the last second. Not sure if he ever noticed I was there.

Suggested improvements: [submitter did not specify any]

Driver fails to use turn signal, causing bicyclist to brake suddenly on Wells

Type

Right hook (car turned right, across your path)
Injury: No

What happened

Roadway description: Bike lane (left of parking lane)

Your story: About to cross North Avenue going southbound on Wells Street. Light turned green, two cars turning right in front of me. Parked cars on the right side of the street. Van without a turn signal turns right just in front of me and I have to use my front brake to slow down. No acknowledgement from the driver, no words exchanged.

Suggested improvements: [refreshed] bike lane markings, or a yield to bicycles sign could potentially help in this case.

Right hook near Milwaukee/Paulina

Type

1. Right hook (car turned right, across your path)
2. Swerved into your path and then out of your path
Injury: No

What happened?

Roadway description: Sharrows (bicycle symbol with two chevrons)

Your story: Ignorant driver, began to swerve right into parking lane w/o turn signal on NW Bound Milwaukee. Hard brake required. Avoided impact. Hard to fathom a driver not being aware of cyclists on Milwaukee Ave, she just left the stop light with 10 of us. No signs of driver distraction (e.g. phone). Driver honestly seemed confused.

Suggested improvements: 1) No cars on Milwaukee Ave. 2) Removal of one parking lane + PBL 3) Oprah as President 4) Curbside, parking protected PBLs (in order of likeliness)

Time is approximate. Waiting for update from submitter (time field was missing from form when submitted).

Driver turns into alley in front of cyclist on Lincoln

Type

1. Right hook (car turned right, across your path)
Injury: No

What happened

Roadway description: No bicycle markings

Your story: I was riding north on Lincoln Avenue when a driver suddenly decided to take a right hand turn into an alley directly in front of me without slowing down or using his signals. The car was driven by an older white man with white hair in an early 2000 model silver Lincoln LS.

Suggested improvements: a protected bike lane, a buffered bike lane or even at the very least a visible bike lane throughout all parts of Lincoln ave that drivers can actually see.

Bicyclist right hooked while cycling on 18th Street protected bike lane

Type

Right hook

Location

18th Street and Wentworth Avenue
25th Ward, Alderman Solis

What happened

Eastbound SUV driver turned right onto southbound Wentworth from 18th crossing my path. I was able to slow down enough to avoid a collision, but just barely.

Suggested improvements for this location: See my close call from July 2013 at the same intersection.