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Noooo!!!!  Could you tell us what TIME you took this very clear picture?  Clicking on it to magnify clearly shows the beat tag (1323 - black tag w/white #s on the light bar).  That info, plus the beat tag #, is useful in identifying the offending officer to his/her district.  That link will take you to the contact info for the district.  Explain when and where you saw car 1323 (which will help them identify the officer), that it was parked in the bike lane in violation of the law, and go from there.

We need to find out if police are being educated about the new lanes.  This one may be clueless.

Cameron - you're right.  A minimum of 10 open parking spaces right next to the bike lane.  And we all wonder why cars are constantly parking/driving in bike lanes...

Anne - I took this a few minutes after 8:00am yesterday; no police officer in sight.  Someone in my bike garage went through about 10 minutes after me, saw the officer, approached him and pointed out where he had parked.  Guess he made a sarcastic comment about ticketing himself later for it.

For sure worth putting in the complaint; maybe we should all complain and provide a link to the picture...

Surprise! There are cops in the 13th district that don't like bicycles.

Not a damn thing you can do about this IMO.

Ha!

Cameron Puetz said:

That's the first official mention, sarcastic or otherwise, that I've heard of protected lane enforcement. I'm sure the problem will be addressed by the time the other 97 miles are built.



122782_ said:

Guess he made a sarcastic comment about ticketing himself later for it.

Why don't they like bicycles?

h' said:

Surprise! There are cops in the 13th district that don't like bicycles.

Not a damn thing you can do about this IMO.

Not a damn thing?  I don't think so.  BTW, I asked an inside source and was informed that there has been NO department-wide education of police officers on this issue.

I've sent a message to CDOT asking them about education efforts aimed at police.  If I don't hear from my police officer friends soon that they've gotten some kind of educational information/enforcement directive on this, I will be following up.

h' said:

Surprise! There are cops in the 13th district that don't like bicycles.

Not a damn thing you can do about this IMO.

The protected bike lanes are new, but regular bike lanes aren't.  So why haven't they already been educated on how to deal with bike lanes?  I know asking this question is kind of like beating my head into a brick wall, but c'mon CPD.  No wonder cars are constantly parking/driving in bike lanes - nothing is enforced and CPD is doing the exact same thing.  Ugh.

Note on reporting police driving/parking behavior:

When you complain to the District, the only way for a Sergeant to identify (and hopefully reprimand) this Officer is with the date, time, and beat tag number. The beat tag is the black placard with white numbers on the top of the vehicle -- don't bother with the plate number, the number printed on the vehicle, or anything else. This is how they track these guys.

PS. Whoever answers the phone at the District will try to convince you that there's no reason to talk to a Sergeant and that you'll have to call the Office of Professional Standards so that your comment can get lost in a pile of bureaucracy. Put on your do-gooder voice and say "Golly, I don't want to cause too much trouble, but I would feel so much better if I could talk to the Sergeant for a just a minute."  By calling the District directly, you get a chance to educate the CO who will take the next complaint more seriously and hopefully make some kind of announcement to all the PO's.

Oh c'mon. They'll read the complaints and have a good chuckle over it.

The 13th has a long history of animosity towards cyclists, as does the 12th.

As to education-- how could you think this is anything other than a blatant, deliberate act?

Like, he plugged the mouth of the protected lane with his vehicle and wandered off simply because nobody told him not to?

Anne Alt said:

Not a damn thing?  I don't think so.  BTW, I asked an inside source and was informed that there has been NO department-wide education of police officers on this issue.

I've sent a message to CDOT asking them about education efforts aimed at police.  If I don't hear from my police officer friends soon that they've gotten some kind of educational information/enforcement directive on this, I will be following up.

h' said:

Surprise! There are cops in the 13th district that don't like bicycles.

Not a damn thing you can do about this IMO.

Good info, thanks.

Gnaomi Velopunk said:

Note on reporting police driving/parking behavior:

When you complain to the District, the only way for a Sergeant to identify (and hopefully reprimand) this Officer is with the date, time, and beat tag number. The beat tag is the black placard with white numbers on the top of the vehicle -- don't bother with the plate number, the number printed on the vehicle, or anything else. This is how they track these guys.

PS. Whoever answers the phone at the District will try to convince you that there's no reason to talk to a Sergeant and that you'll have to call the Office of Professional Standards so that your comment can get lost in a pile of bureaucracy. Put on your do-gooder voice and say "Golly, I don't want to cause too much trouble, but I would feel so much better if I could talk to the Sergeant for a just a minute."  By calling the District directly, you get a chance to educate the CO who will take the next complaint more seriously and hopefully make some kind of announcement to all the PO's.

On Jackson a few weeks ago.  It was a Saturday morning with car parking galore.  Probably should find out if USPS has been educated on protected bike lanes too...

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