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I tried the search feature, and it isn't working.  I'm sure this is a common gripe. But why can't the city do anything about all the cars double parked in the bike lane.  ESPECIALLY UPS, FedEx, and USPS.  I could gather 4 or 5 pictures daily of these guys double parked in an obvious bike lane.

Maybe that is what I should do.  Start stopping and taking pictures with my cell. Then writing to the owners of companies.

"Forcing bikes to quickly merge with traffic is dangerous.  The city has created these wonderfully useful "Bike lanes"  however, we are unable to use them, because you keep parking your delivery trucks in them.  This is not a delivery lane. It is a bike lane.  Please instruct your drivers that this is unsafe, and Illegal."

Now if we could just get the CPD to do something about it.

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Best to just walk away from this sort of crap rather than respond to it IMO.

notoriousDUG said:

Pot, meet kettle.

You're even worse than I am bud.

Mark said:

OH, Oh, Oh,  Let me answer for Emperor Dug. 

Here is how it will go... 

Random bullying tactic, or condescending remark, followed by....

In summary-- as long as trucks are delivering beer or bicycles, they're fine.

I must admit I'm surprised that the employees of Rapid Transit drink so much beer that they need it delivered by truck though.

notoriousDUG said:


Now you get to the beer truck or the freight truck dropping bikes of at Rapid Transit...  Well even a short trailer is going to be 30' which is 3 cars gone without taking the tractor into consideration.  Beer trucks are even longer, usually a 40' or longer trailer.  Neither of those are capable of backing into a spot without almost double the clear space or getting into oncoming traffic; some of them can't even make some side street turns and have no hope of getting into an alley.

I wonder what effect forcing the letter of the law concerning double parking of service vehicles would have on cyclists obtaining new bike lanes? Tom B.

BEER!!!

h' 1.0 said:

In summary-- as long as trucks are delivering beer or bicycles, they're fine.

I must admit I'm surprised that the employees of Rapid Transit drink so much beer that they need it delivered by truck though.

notoriousDUG said:


Now you get to the beer truck or the freight truck dropping bikes of at Rapid Transit...  Well even a short trailer is going to be 30' which is 3 cars gone without taking the tractor into consideration.  Beer trucks are even longer, usually a 40' or longer trailer.  Neither of those are capable of backing into a spot without almost double the clear space or getting into oncoming traffic; some of them can't even make some side street turns and have no hope of getting into an alley.



William Beck said:

Um, in a LEGAL parking space maybe?



notoriousDUG said:

Where should UPS, USPS and Fedex park their trucks when they make a delivery then?

Read the rest of the discussion please.

Report back on your findings.

William Beck said:

Um, in a LEGAL parking space maybe?



notoriousDUG said:

Where should UPS, USPS and Fedex park their trucks when they make a delivery then?

Just got home from work. Rather than being depressed that I had to work so late, I decided during my 5-mile commute through the Loop and some rather desolate areas with ample curb-side parking to conduct a highly scientific experiment to test some of the claims made in this thread.

Number of delivery trucks expected: 0
Number of delivery trucks encountered: 5

Number of double-parked delivery trucks expected: 0
Number of double-parked delivery trucks encountered: all of them (plus an empty police car)

But fortunately...
Number of bicyclists endangered: 0
because there was almost no traffic and, indeed, almost no bicyclists.

So, according the mathematical calculations written on this here cocktail napkin, a certain subset of delivery truck drivers will park smack dab in the middle of a bike lane or a traffic lane even when there is an empty curb literally right next to them and actually closer to the place where they are making their delivery. Go figure.

Saw this liquor truck making deliveries this morning and thought I'd share. The liquor store is across the street. Rather than block the very wide bike lane and make it easy to deliver this driver parked across the street blocking a vehicular traffic lane. This is right by my job and normally the delivery trucks will block the lane. But thought I'd point out that sometimes they don't. And before anyone asks I did see someone come out of the liquor store and walk across the street to the truck. At first I wasn't sure if he was delivering to the store or the Walgreens.  

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