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Chicago Bicycle Program Presents: Share the Road – Buses and Bicycles

Posted by @teeheehee on March 18th, 2010

Take the twelve minutes and watch this video put out by the Chicago Bicycle Program geared towards their city’s bus drivers and cyclists.

Share the Road – Buses and Bicycles from Chicago Bicycle Program on Vimeo.

Via: Treehugger.

A couple of questions:

  • I don’t know any riders from the area, are the public transportation buses as accommodating as they appear to be in the video – can anyone share their experience?
  • Is the video effective – have you spotted something you didn’t know before that now makes you feel more understanding towards your fellow bus driver or cyclist counterpart?
  • Does the city of Boston and/or MBTA have any equivalent bicycle educational videos for their staff? If not, should they?

2 Responses to “Chicago Bicycle Program Presents: Share the Road – Buses and Bicycles”

  1. Steve Says:

    For the most part, no. They frequently drive in the bike lanes (especially down Roosevelt Rd and on Howard – both streets I have direct and frequent experiences on) or drive way too close (such as on Damen – I won’t ride it anymore – too crazy) to cyclists. I’ve had several Pulaski route drivers get right up behind me and lay on the horn and then yell at me that I shouldn’t be on the street. I do have to credit the CTA, they are trying to educate the drivers. I’ve also had this incident: http://chicago.mybikelane.com/post/index/8361

    The Chicago Police also put out a video (http://www.chicagobikes.org/video/index.php?loadVideo=police_training_2009), but again trying to get them to actually enforce bike lane violations, left crosses, right hooks, etc. is another matter.

  2. teeheehee Says:

    Thanks for your reply, sadly your account is more or less what I expected to read as it mimics the situation in other cities.

    This past Wednesday the Mayor of Boston held a Bike Safety Summit to address some recent accidents as the turn of nice weather has brought out a horde of riders (with varying experience levels), and our car culture is (sadly) acclaimed for its lack of civility. Of particular note was a cyclist who was killed by a transit bus on a particularly bad stretch of road that also features in-road rail tracks for a trolley train – the details of this accident are being investigated (there is some speculation that his wheel may have been caught in the track-gap). At any rate the Mayor, after many years of seeming ambivalence, now seems to have come around to fully support biking in the city – “the car is no longer king in Boston” as he put it. It’s far too early in the process to tell if it’s going to make any real cultural impact on the greatest threat to the riders here, i.e. the drivers who don’t know or don’t care about safety and laws; but, there is at least a modicum of hope. The other summit attendees were heads of their departments, and if anything is going to impact real change on at least the institution level it will need their backing.

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