Tag Archives: taxi related

Bicyclist right-hooked by taxi driver in River North

Location

Type

Right hook
Abrupt stop

What happened

I was riding eastbound in the bike lane on Illinois approaching a stale green light at State St. A cab driver from my left sped up to make it through the green light and abruptly made a right turn in front of me. I had to slam on the brakes to avoid a collision.

Suggested improvements

None provided.

Ed. note: call 311 (or go online) and report the cab number to the operator. The city Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection takes seriously the dangerous and poor quality behavior that professionally licensed chauffeurs exhibit. 

Bicyclist ignored and honked at by taxi driver in Lakeview intersection

Location

2900 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
44th, Alderman Tom Tunney

Type

Had to stop abruptly

What happened

I was riding south on Clark in the buffered bike lane. There was a taxi on Oakdale at the stop sign waiting to cross Clark to continue west on Oakdale. There is no stop sign for Clark St traffic here so I proceeded. There was a long line of cars ahead of me, but I was far enough behind the other cars to be outside of any blind spots. After the last car in the line went through, the taxi pulled out just as I was crossing Oakdale, and honked at me as if I were in his way. I slowed down quickly but at that point I had already crossed his path.

Suggested improvements

Sometimes it feels like drivers do not look out for bicyclists and believe there are only cars on the road.

This stretch of Clark St has no traffic controls (stop lights/signs) from Wellington to Diversey. There should be traffic calming measures to slow down car traffic and make it easier for pedestrians and bike riders, who are often ignored, to be visible. In general, all drivers need to learn that cars are not the only vehicles using the streets.

Cab passenger in double-parked cab nearly doors bicyclist downtown

Location

131 North Clinton Street
42nd Ward, Alderman Reilly

Type

Almost doored

What happened

I witnessed another Divvy rider in front of me pass a cab double-parked in the left lane. A passenger in the taxi opened a door just as the rider passed by, forcing her to swerve around the door.

Suggested improvements

Since a dock is located just a half block ahead of this point, on the opposite side of where the bike lanes are, a cycle track should be added to Clinton along the left (east) side of the street.

This cycle track should enclose the four blocks surrounding Ogilvie and the main Union Station structure. It would be the main collector cycle track for bicycle commuters utilizing the terminals.

Ed. note: The Chicago Department of Transportation may improve the bike facility on this street as part of the Central Loop BRT project, but so far has made no indication they will (two east-west streets will have bike facilities, Randolph and Washington, as part of the project). 

Dearborn bicyclist almost hit by cabbie trying to reach new customer

Type

Had to stop abruptly

What happened

Traveling north on Dearborn in the bike lane. Man on sidewalk was hailing a cab – cabbie noticed him and sharply veered into the bike lane. I was able to avoid being hit by braking quickly and veering to my left into the southboud bike lane. Man did not make a move to enter the cab until I had safely gotten around the cab. Cab driver should have seen me. Also made no apology for almost hitting me.

Suggested improvements for this location: Police enforcement!

Ed. note: I would also suggest adding actual protection in the form of concrete bollards, curbs, or a raised bike lane. 

Bicyclist almost doored by taxi passenger in “protected” Kinzie bike lane

Type

Almost doored

What happened

Passenger of cab exited from car lane on the right side (bike lane side) – dinged my bell but passenger continued to exit so I had to swerve to right.

Suggested improvements for this location: protected bike lane.

Ed. note: The bike lane is here called protected but aside from parked cars it does not prevent people from maneuvering their cars into the hatched zones at each intersection where parking isn’t allowed. Nor does it prevent people from driving in it. 

Livery driver pulls out of parking space without looking, swerves into bicyclist

Type

Other, swerved into
Injury: No

What happened

Roadway description: No bicycle markings

Your story: I was headed East on the Inner Drive (east of Michigan, along the Oak Street curve, north of Walton) when the driver of Livery Car license 8929 pulled off the curb, directly into my path. I had to come off my bicycle to avoid hitting the car.

Suggested improvements: Better driver education about yielding the right of way to cyclists in the road.

Bicyclist turns left with utmost responsibility while cabbie attempts to blow stop sign on Wilson

Type

Other
Injury: No

What happened

Roadway description: Sharrows (bicycle symbol with two chevrons)

Your story: I came to a complete stop going south on Beacon before trying to turn left onto eastbound Wilson. Saw a taxi speeding up to the stop sign. As I motioned with my hand to turn left, the taxi started to slow down, and I began to turn through the intersection. The taxi sped up and started to run the stop sign (4-way stop at Wilson/Beacon), but the driver stopped the car when he saw me already half-way through the intersection. I took note of the taxi number, 2356, and time at the next stop sign and reported the cab to 311.

Suggested improvements: Intersections, even small ones, should be designed to reduce amount of conflict points between cars, bikes, and pedestrians, and cars should be subject to traffic-calming at the intersection so proceeding through a stop sign without stopping is difficult.

Cabbie in right-turn lane goes straight instead of turning right

Type

1. Passed really closely
2. Other (read what happened)
Injury: No

What happened

Roadway description: Bike lane (conventional, left of parking lane)

Your story: I was in the bike lane going westbound on Madison when I got to LaSalle. The lane to the right is a right-turn only lane. As a car is supposed to turn directly right, I was going to turn right as well, but into the far lane on LaSalle as opposed to the curb lane [so I was going to make a right turn from the through lane next to the right-turn lane]. Well, as I got to the light it turned green for traffic on Madison. The cab in the right-turn lane, instead of turning right, went straight across, about an inch from my front tire.

Suggested improvements: Not sure that I was in the right by expecting to take a right turn there, but I know the cab was in the wrong by not turning. The paint markings are clear enough there.  I just chalk it up to bad driving.

Cabbie drives into Kinzie bike lane without looking, almost hits 4 bicyclists

Type

Other
Injury: No

What happened

Roadway description: Cycle track/protected bike lane (you’re between parked cars and the curb)

Your story: Cab #770 crossed through a open spot in the parked cars facing eastbound on Kinzie Street and into the bike lane without looking. Almost took out 4 cyclists in front of me. When I passed and took his photo, he told me we should all just go around him when he’s picking people up. I told him there was plenty of legal parking right beside him and that he needed to yield to cyclists when in a bike lane. He rolled up his window and covered his face as I took the photo.

Suggested improvements: Actually enforce traffic laws. Educate cab drivers; most don’t seem to know the law.

Cabbie right hooks bicyclist on Milwaukee, blames and harasses bicyclist

Type

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

What happened

Roadway description: Wide/buffered bike lane (between travel lane and parking lane)

Your story: Cab sped up to pass after crossing intersection of Grand and Milwaukee. He had obviously seen me, but decided he just HAD to get to the car wash an extra 5 seconds early. Instead of waiting for me to pass, he proceeded to turn. I grabbed both brakes firmly, but still did a slow roll/skid into the side of his cab.

He then rolled down his window and decided it was my “f-in fault and that I needed to watch where the f I was going”. I let him know that he needed to watch were he was going, especially if he was turning across a busy bike lane. I also let him know that he needed to learn to use his turn signal, not only to alert bikers, but also vehicle traffic behind him. He then turned on his signal, said it had been on the entire time and told me that I was “f-in blind”.

Before leaving, I let him know I was reporting him to 311 (which I did). He then started to chase me down, so I hopped up on the sidewalk– in order to use parked cars as a buffer. Somewhere between the car wash and the light to turn onto Kinzie, he decided to stop chasing me.  FYI– it was a Yellow Cab, Ford Escape. I’l keep the cab # to myself.

Suggested improvements: More education to cab drivers.