Reading Assignment: What to Do When Trashcans Block the Bikelane?

During the next three days, I’m on extensive baby duty and there’s no guest articles in the hopper that I know of.  Since I don’t like leaving readers who have grown accustomed to two longer stories everyday with less than their usual fare, each of the next three days I’m going to spotlight original reporting issues within our usual coverage sphere.

The first story comes from our friend Josef Bray-Ali from the Flying Pigeon Bikeshop’s blogsite.  Bray-Ali tracked down the information on who to call and what to say to report trash/recycling/green bins inside of bike lanes.  This public service should be read far and wide, so distribute it far and wide.  Heck, someone should probably make a ride card out of it:

You know what is cool? Bike lanes in Los Angeles are cool. You know what is not cool? Blocking bike lanes with trash cans is not cool, moreover it is also illegal. It says so in California Vehicle Code Section 21211:

Who do you call when trash cans block the bike lanes in LA? After years of digging, LA’s cycling commuity has found the answer: the Bureau of Street Service’s Inspection and Enforcement Division. Their Inspectors are professional peace officers tasked with, among other things, keeping the right of way clear of obstructions. You can contact them by calling 213-847-6000.

To read the rest of the story, click here.