A bicyclist who rode down the ramp of a CTA Blue Line station on the West Side on Wednesday morning was not seriously injured after he lost control of his bike and wound up on the tracks.
The CTA was notified of the incident about 10:20 a.m., according to spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski. According to preliminary information, the bicyclclist was riding down the ramp at the Kedzie Blue Line station, “from the station to the platform,” and when he got to the platform he lost control.
The cyclist wound up on the train tracks, but did not make contact either with the electrified third rail or a train, Hosinski said. Power was immediately turned off to the rails and Chicago Fire Department crews responded and removed the bicyclist from the tracks.
He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition, with non life-threatening injuries, Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said.
Blue Line trains were delayed, but power was restored and trains moving again about 10:45 a.m., Hosinski said. [Chicago Sun-Times]
I’m gonna be honest with you. My commute took about twice as long as usual today because of metro issues. I’m not feeling particularly generous towards people who obstruct public transit right now.
But it takes a special kind of idiot to even think it’s okay to ride your bike into a subway station in the first place. I mean I’ll admit that I’m not exactly familiar with the layout of Chicago’s public transit stations, but I have to think that the ramps are probably not wide enough to accommodate a fucking bike lane. GET OFF THE BIKE. If ever there was an appropriate time to get off your fucking bike and walk it, it would be when you’re on a narrow civilian walkway.
But nope. Not this guy. Doesn’t play by anybody’s rules. Just flies on down the ramp and right onto the tracks. Probably missed the third rail by an inch and a half. Because if there’s one place you want to be careless, it’s within a short fall of a half a million volts of electricity.
Pretty typical overall though. The guy was probably frustrated because he didn’t manage to obstruct enough cars that day. Figured he’d just delay everyone’s trains by 25 minutes to get his rocks off. I get you, bicyclist. I know your game.