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Chicago Mag Looks At Free-For-All On Lakeshore Bike Path

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jun 12, 2009 5:40PM

Photo Courtesy billeguerriero.

Riding to work Wednesday morning this Chicagoist staffer and avid cyclist was doored ever-so-slightly by a trucker. While tending to the minor scrapes incurred from the sudden braking and subsequent tumble, the trucker proceeded to yell at us about how we shouldn't be on the street. Until we grabbed the bike lock and took a couple of swings at him. An accident happening while cycling (for us) is rare and we ride on the streets all the time. Still, it's is a hell of a lot safer than being on the lakeshore path, which often takes on a chaotic anarchy with all the joggers, cyclists, rollerbladers, beachgoers and tourists afoot.

Chicago Magazine's Jeff Ruby listed a dozen such cases in this month's issue ranging from a Lance Armstrong wannabe calling out "on your left" when he was passing joggers on their right side to three women who were intentionally clotheslined by passing rollerbladers and cyclists for hogging the lane while showing each other baby pictures on their iPhones.