Driver took a right turn from Grace on Wayne to head south on Wayne. I was traveling north on northbound, one-way Wayne. Just as he took his turn he almost hit me so I pulled quickly to the side. He then stopped his car to roll down his window and scream obscenities about bikers taking over the rode. He then proceeded to speed the wrong way on a one way south on Wayne. The whole incident was unbelievable that I had to share.
Ed. note: The submitter didn’t suggest any improvements to this location. The only one I can think of is a traffic diverter (preventing the wrong-way driving, mostly), but while that would solve this specific problem it may be solving problems this particular part of the neighborhood doesn’t have (like reducing cut-through traffic).
Roadway description: Bike lane (left of parking lane)
Your story: Distracted driver?..Guy with a grudge?..or Drunk? I was biking south on Halsted in the bike lane, doing about 15mph. The street was open in both directions. A northbound red SUV came across the center line directly at me at a good rate of speed. At the last moment, I jerked my handlebars to the left, banked, and swerved directly in front of him because otherwise I would have been hit head-on. I expected to to hit anyway, but more of a glancing blow. Miraculously the SUV passed between my bike and the parked cars without reducing speed or hitting anything. He wobbled a bit and turned left at the next intersection.
Suggested improvements: We have to increase gas taxes at Federal, State, County and City levels to reduce the amount of driving on the road. Gas should cost $9/gallon as it does in other advanced countries. And we have to make it much harder to pass the driver’s test, renew licenses, and regain suspended driving privileges when removed for dangerous or drunk driving. All people who bike should frequently write their representatives requesting such changes.