This Lane Is Not For You, Toyota Avalon

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Photo: John Amdor

Yesterday morning, John Amdor was biking in the great city of Chicago when he heard a noise behind him and turned around to find a Toyota Avalon in the bike lane. The Avalon then continued in the bike lane, shocking cyclists and pedestrians as Amdor shot video. That’s not your lane, Avalon!


It goes without saying that this is extremely dangerous, and drivers should take extra precautions to look out for cyclists, since cars weigh thousands of pounds and cyclists don’t. That said, Amdor told Block Club Chicago he thought, in this case, it was more accident than malice. No one was hurt in the incident.

“I kind of got the impression they sort of panicked,” Amdor said. “I chalked it up to them sort of losing their cool because they were clearly driving somewhere they weren’t meant to drive.”

This went down on Washington Street near Franklin Street in the Loop. That looks like this:

Illustration for article titled This Lane Is Not For You, Toyota Avalon

So it would take some real effort to get into the bike lane, and yet, even after being breaking free of the barrier between the bus stop and the curb, Amdor caught video of the driver continuing in the bike lane.


The car’s no longer hemmed in by the barrier but, confoundingly, goes on anyway. Chicago police were called within minutes, according to Block Club Chicago, but by the time they got there the driver and Avalon were gone.

The Illinois plates suggest the driver hails from the state, perhaps even Chicago itself. But maybe it’s their first time in the Big City. Maybe there’s a part of Illinois where bike lanes don’t exist, and instead there are Avalon lanes, narrow lanes painted green intended only for Toyota Avalons.


We may never know for sure. Be careful out there, everyone!

News Editor at Jalopnik. 2008 Honda Fit Sport.


PotbellyJoe and 42 others

This is how my mother-in-law reacts to situations when she’s clearly over her head Press on 100%, ignore that there is an issue, all while doing 100% what she shouldn’t and almost turning off her brain in the process. It’s terrifying to witness.

I used to work on her computer. I bought it for her, so I felt I should support it. It was nothing fancy, run of the mill Windows 7 machine. One day, she got an “error warning for a dll file” and went into the C-drive and deleted every dll file.

I went and fixed it and locked her out of key folders, all while hearing that my Sister in Law “never has these problems with her Apple.”

She did something else stupid to it (I forget what the final straw was) but she gave up and put the desktop in a box and bought an Apple.

She called me 4 weeks later, “I am having issues with my Apple.”

“I don’t know anything about Apple hardware or software,” I lied.

Had this been her, she would have driven her Avalon for as many blocks as it took to get out of the bike lane, damn the torpedoes, and then bitched to everyone that she never had these kinds of issues in her RAV4.