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Old 12-04-05, 09:20 AM   #1
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bike lane right of way

Yesterday I was about to paralell park on Wells street just south of North Ave(for any Chicagoans) it has a marked bike lane. I find an empty spot, so I pull to the right, check my mirrors, start to reverse it in the spot and during this manuever a cyclist in the bike lane rode by and SLAMMED his palm/fist on my car. At first it scared the sh** out of me. My first impression was to chase down and educate but I went into Zen, finished parking, fed my meter and continued my errands. Instead of that SLAM BAM on my car the cyclist could and should of rode to the left...what do you think... When I checked my mirrors I did not see him (no light and it was dark). I feel he saw the 3500 pound Crown Victoria with reverse lights on????
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Old 12-04-05, 10:03 AM   #2
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Yesterday I was about to paralell park on Wells street just south of North Ave(for any Chicagoans) it has a marked bike lane. I find an empty spot, so I pull to the right, check my mirrors, start to reverse it in the spot and during this manuever a cyclist in the bike lane rode by and SLAMMED his palm/fist on my car. At first it scared the sh** out of me. My first impression was to chase down and educate but I went into Zen, finished parking, fed my meter and continued my errands. Instead of that SLAM BAM on my car the cyclist could and should of rode to the left...what do you think... When I checked my mirrors I did not see him (no light and it was dark). I feel he saw the 3500 pound Crown Victoria with reverse lights on????
No light and it was dark? The "cyclist" was a moron. Obviously you don't want to cut off a cyclist when you park, but it is a reality that you will cross the bike lane when parking- another reason to hate bike lanes, in my opinion. It isn't like the cyclist is FORCED to ride in the lane- I have to contend with trucks double parked in bike lanes all the time- that is what taking the lane is for. I don't think you did anything wrong. I doubt confronting him would have helped. As for you driving a Crown Vic, well... hmm....
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Old 12-04-05, 01:05 PM   #3
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Crown Vics are awesome, I would own one if i needed a 4 door cage.

For the cyclist ... situational awareness. If he gets mad for someone parking he needs to take a giant chill pill.
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... a cyclist in the bike lane rode by and SLAMMED his palm/fist on my car. At first it scared the sh** out of me.
Man, you certainly have that right. A friend, who I knew was standing there, once slapped his hand down on my roof. You're right! It scared the dookie out of me.
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He should've had lights but you should've looked behind, not just in the mirrors.
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Old 12-05-05, 02:49 PM   #6
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A few weeks ago I parked car to right of bike lane (in designated parking spots) on a 25mph street. No cyclist were coming, I opened door and got out. A cyclist rounded a right turn and started to approach - no other cars were coming. As my mother in law was still slowly getting out of car, I kept my door open and stood in the bike lane just outside the door looking right at cyclist who was approaching in the lane. Well instead of moving into fully main lane where there were no cars for at least 1/4mi back the cyclist rode right next to me at full speed, shoved me as they went by and screamed at me to 'stay out of the BL a-hole' Its absurd how some cyclists act and no wonder the general public doesn't think highly of us.

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You both made mistakes. Accept it and move on.
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Well, when backing up you do not have the right of way.

However, it's amazing how many people won't give you a break when you're backing up. They HAVE to insist on their right of way.

It's very annoying, but that's life in the city.

Congratulations for going Zen.
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you did the right thing afterwards, confronting him would not have helped

it's a shame some cyclists are arrogant a$$holes, gives a bad name to all of us
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But you are right.
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Who has the right of way???? The person with the bigger vehicle of course.


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You both made mistakes. Accept it and move on.
Yep. But if this bike lane was like most next to parked cars, he probably shouldn't have been in it at all. But as a driver, remember that when you parallel park through a bike lane, you are going through another lane of traffic. You should act accordingly.
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