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Chicago Looking to Up Efforts to Stop Blockage of Bike Lanes

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    We Rode in Chicago's Protected Bike Lanes. This Was How Many Obstructions We Saw

    Bicycle commuters are raising complaints about vehicles obstructing Chicago’s protected bike lanes. NBC 5 Investigates biked across the Loop for 30 minutes and counted multiple blocked lanes. (Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018)

    Chicago's bicyclists are fighting back against motorists who drive, stop or park their vehicles in designated bike lanes.

    As NBC 5 Investigates first reported last week, bicyclists are posting photos of offending automobiles on the website Bike Lane Uprising. And Chicago police are looking for ways to use the website to clear the lanes.  9 of Chicago's Top Spots for Obstructed Bike Lanes9 of Chicago's Top Spots for Obstructed Bike Lanes

    In Chicago, it's illegal to park, idle or drive in the more than 200 miles of dedicated bike lanes. Violators can be issued $150 tickets and are at risk of having their vehicle towed.

    More than 1,800 obstructions in Chicago were reported to Bike Lane Uprising from Sept. 1, through June 29. 

    "Maybe some of those people don’t know where the bike lane is. Maybe it’s not clearly marked," website founder Christina Whitehouse told NBC 5 Investigates in an earlier interview, adding, "From another standpoint, maybe we’re defining areas that could use some better design and infrastructure."

    According to the website, contributors to the database remain anonymous.  Obstructed Chicago Bike Lanes Become Increasing Problem for CyclistsObstructed Chicago Bike Lanes Become Increasing Problem for Cyclists

    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. Chris Coffey reports.
    (Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018)

    Chicago Finance Department spokeswoman Kristen Cabanban says officials have met with people from Bike Lane Uprising, and are exploring ways to use the site's data in enforcement efforts.

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