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Who Parks in the Bike Lane?

3:18 PM PDT on May 3, 2012

Another truck parked in the bike lane.

One of the major obstacles to building a truly bike friendly city isn't in the engineering and design of a street, it's in the enforcement and respect given to all modes of travel. In the above picture, a truck is blocking the new bicycle lane on Sepulveda Boulevard. Sadly, this not an unusual occurrence in this part of the 1.2 miles of bike lanes.

Why do trucks feel as though they can park in bike lanes with impunity? The most obvious answer is that: they can park with impunity. They almost never get ticketed. Second, city owned vehicles are parked in bike lanes on a regular basis. Los Angeles has sent a message, parking in a bike lane is o.k.

In this case, the truck is actually a city-owned vehicle. If you haven't already guessed which department, click on through to see which Department is blocking the bike lane.

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