A Sign

There are many new bike lanes around town. However, just because there’s a bike lane it doesn’t mean that I get to bike in it. For a while I tried flag down cops and ask them to ticket illegally parked cars. But that really didn’t do the trick. However I have a proposal- one that will get every single driver’s attention:


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  • Oquim September 5, 2012   Reply →

    THis very creative….. Good job.

  • Claire September 5, 2012   Reply →

    My commute is in a very different environment, about a third of it just riding along a lake. The roadway has high traffic speeds, a narrow lane, and relatively bad pavement, so I am happy to ride along the shoulder. The shoulder has signs all along, specifying no parking. Someone leaves their car there? I just call the police to ticket, with a description of the vehicle and license plate. Maybe because it’s not in an urban environment, the police come along within the hour and write the ticket. And yeah, it probably costs them about $100 an hour, just not in quarters, so it makes the point.

  • Ethan Fleming September 5, 2012   Reply →

    Its not just people it is also businesses. There are lots of hotels that help people unload their car while parked in the bike lane which gives a message that it is OK to do so.

    Lets put some of those $100 meters over in front of BU Warren Towers :)

    • Brrr September 9, 2012  

      If that bike lane is is the curb lane right in front of their business, it’s hard not to see their point. That’s pretty bad planning. From the business owners’ perspective, the bike lane would be blocking their loading zone.

    • Keithmj October 4, 2014  

      As long as they are just dropping off or picking up they are allowed to stop in a bike lane, they are allowed to load or unload. Stopping and parking are two different things. Just as city buses or taxi’s are allowed to block the lane while loading or unloading passengers.

  • Ethan Fleming September 5, 2012   Reply →

    The driver yelling at the cyclist reminds me of the time a cab driver actaull stuck his head out the window to get in the bike lane and then did a head on collision into a light post. :)

  • Doohickie September 5, 2012   Reply →

    Sadly, here in Texas a bike lane is *not* a no-parking zone unless there are also No Parking signs.

  • Brian Stephens September 6, 2012   Reply →

    Looks great. I think the key is making the drivers pay in quarters only. After a while there would be a run on the bank for quarters. Maybe that would help improve our economy. I don’t know how, I just figure anything will help….banks have to provide tons of quarters, Fed has to manufacture more quarters, and maybe some people are getting hired to make the quarters.

    So, in the end, bike lanes help grow the economy. I’m in!

    • John October 29, 2012  

      actually that would cause hyperinflation and tank our economy. look at when arcades took off in japan, there were 2 yen coin shortages leading the money to be 400 yen per dollar instead of 100 yen per dollar

      i find that passing a car parked in a bike lane really closely, occasionally clipping a mirror or scratching paint while avoiding traffic should get the point across

  • dr2chase September 19, 2012   Reply →

    Makes me think of Danny MacAskill.

  • K November 1, 2012   Reply →

    I find getting off your bike and climbing over the top of the car carrying your bike gets the message across.

    • Jeff Dubrule March 11, 2013  

      Especially with bike shoes.

  • rollinger June 10, 2013   Reply →

    Bike Lane parker..i collect the car mirrors. :-)

    This thing is called a “spucki” http://pyrolim.de/pyropro/2013/freundlicher-spucki-statt-teures-ticket/
    It means you could clue this on the cars in your lane with spit (spucke).
    It is not criminal (in germany) because you only use water.

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