Today’s Headlines for Thursday, August 25

  • Active Trans‘ Clear the Way Campaign Encourages Reporting Sidewalk & Bikeway Obstructions
  • There Will Be a Parade Tonight at 5 PM on Argyle to Mark Opening of Shared Street (DNA)
  • Driver Fatally Struck Boeing VP Pamela French, 55, While She Biked in Hinsdale (Tribune)
  • Prosecutors: Teen Intentionally Ran Over Father 3 Times With Car, Killing Him (DNA)
  • Search for Car Theft Suspect Shuts Down Yellow Line (ABC)
  • Police Wrongly Ticketed Injured Cyclist But Jury Decided in His Favor (Kevenides)
  • Metra Adding Free Wi-Fi to 50 More Cars (Tribune)
  • Parking Lot Near Western Brown Line Stop to Be Replaced by TOD (Curbed)
  • New Law Would Make It Easier to Remove Problematic Pokemon Go Stops (DNA)
  • Ghost Bike Installation Planned for Fallen Cyclist Lisa Kuivinen 9/3 3PM at the Crash Site

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  • Pat

    I thought 911 was where to report bike lane obstructions. When did this change?

  • skyrefuge

    I know you don’t really cover suburban cyclist deaths like you do in Chicago, but damn, looking at the map, that is one horrible intersection where that woman died in Hinsdale: https://goo.gl/maps/T9ZzH3bCxWD2

    A seemingly quiet and safe suburban residential area, but where those two streets cross they put in broad sweeping curves, slip lanes, and zero stop signs, basically inviting cars to go flying through in any direction at 40mph.

  • Cheryl Zalenski

    That is my understanding as well.

  • Pat

    http://chi.streetsblog.org/2014/04/03/eyes-on-the-street-windy-city-limousine-blocks-downtown-bike-lanes/

    “If you encounter this situation you can call police dispatchers at 911 (calling 311 will transfer you to 911)”

  • Fred

    The official city guideline is: if the situation is immediate timely important, call 911, if it can wait, call 311.

  • Jeremy

    Are we also supposed to document CTA bus drivers that block crosswalks?

  • Anne A

    And gridlock intersections.

  • Yes.

  • It didn’t change.
    For things that need attention immediately, like a vehicle putting people in danger by blocking a bike lane, you should call 911.

    I don’t know if you can get a “tracking number” from the 911 operator, though.

  • Carter O’Brien

    How about people that use their garage entrance curb cuts to park in?

    This is my long-standing pet peeve, as 1) this often results in blocking a considerable amount of the sidewalk, 2) a parkway curb cut is a privilege and results in the loss of green space, it is not private parking, and 3) these are often at corner properties which severely hinder sightlines for intersecting traffic, especially when the corner is an alley.

  • I wouldn’t waste my time reporting this. I don’t think you’ll find an empathic police officer or administrative law judge.

  • Carter O’Brien

    You’re likely right, cops don’t bother ticketing cars parked into actual crosswalks these days… but Active Trans needs to get the message that this is a problem. It is very hard to see cyclists when you are exiting an alley and have that sightline blocked by a giant SUV.

  • neroden

    It is a sidewalk obstruction, and *if you are in a wheelchair* and the car obstructs your passage, definitely report it. Any judge will recognize that it’s an ADA violation.

    I probably wouldn’t report it unless you’re in a wheelchair, because someone in a wheelchair reporting it will get way more sympathy. Even though it’s illegal regardless of who the pedestrians are.

  • At one point would a judge or “administrative law judge” (hearing officer) get this?
    I’m really skeptical about this.

    In any case, those concerned should make a list of the problem locations in their ward and ask their alderman to spend part of their $1.3 million annual “menu” money on building bumpouts that can (1) prevent this, (2) make it safer to walk across intersections, (3) be built in such a way to reduce flooding at crosswalks, and (4) add space for new/more landscaping.

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