A growing number of bicycling enthusiasts in Chicago are raising serious complaints about vehicles obstructing their protected bike lanes. Now they are sharing images of blocked bike lanes with the world to show how risky their rides can be each day.
Christina Whitehouse founded a website that displays blocked bike lanes across Chicago after she said a truck entered her bike lane two years ago. When members submit photos of obstructed bike lanes to BikeLaneUprising.com, it allows Whitehouse to create maps to visualize hotspots across the city.
“Who are the repeat offenders? We can see license plates that are showing up more than once,” Whitehouse said.
Private owner vehicles, rideshare cars, taxis, postal trucks and delivery trucks are complained about the most in Chicago, according to Whitehouse. Her data also shows the three most problematic areas for bike lanes include the Loop along Franklin Street, the UIC medical district, and Harrison Street between the Greyhound station and the Main Post office.