Save the bike lanes one photo at a time
On June 13, 2016, Christina Whitehouse, the founder of Bike Lane Uprising, was almost ran over by a truck while she as on her bike.
“The driver right-hooked me while I was stopped in a bike lane waiting for the red light to change. To keep myself from going under the back wheels of the truck, I had to push myself off the side of the truck. The driver knew what happened but didn’t care. The company that driver worked for, didn’t care either. Two weeks later, A Chicago cyclist was killed in an incredibly similar situation. I could have been her.”
A year later Christina launched her platform to document and fight the pervasive issue of bike lane obstructions of Chicago. The simple idea of taking a photo of the offender and submitting it to a dedicated website was spread by a word of mouth at first, but it quickly got traction and within a couple of months she collected over 500 submissions of bike lane obstructions.
Bike Lake Uprising is not only mapping out the obstructions, but also advocates for holding the violators accountable and works with the city to improve the existing bike lanes. For example, as a result of Bike Lake Uprising reports and advocacy Chicago’s Department of Transportation installed posts to deter parking in some bike lanes in the Loop (read here).
Cyclists from over 50 cities have signed up to report bike lane obstructions. At the moment, Bike Lake Uprising is mapping in real time Chicago, Boston, Nashville, Washington, DC and Portland. But they are happy to add new cities should the cyclists are willing to report obstructions.
Visit Bike Lane Uprising to learn more about this life saving project.
More importantly, sign up and start reporting bike lane obstructions in your city. Save you bike lanes one photo at a time!