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Thread: Bike Lane blockages at Courthouse

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    Default Bike Lane blockages at Courthouse

    Is there anything that can be done about the frequent blocking of the bike lane on Clarendon Blvd at the county complex (2300 Clarendon Blvd)? This area is hazardous anyway--with cars looking for parking, bus stops (why there are 2 bus stops so close together I cannot understand), pedestrians walking into the street, taxis, and cars cutting me off to veer right up 15th. However, the large trucks blocking the bike lane are the biggest obstacle in my commute. Usually it is Fed Ex or UPS; today it was a beer truck. I can only assume they have nowhere else to unload, but does anyone think this should be pursued somehow? With the level of traffic that is usually present, I don't feel safe using the right lane, but that is usually the only recourse. The only alternative is to stop in the middle of the bike lane or go onto the sidewalk.

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    I submitted your comment to our planners/engineers and have already heard back:

    "There is a marked loading zone there near the Metro elevator and many trucks do correctly use it. They also don't park as close in as they could and stick out into the bike lane. That, along with the cars and trucks parking illegally, is for parking enforcement to deal with. We've already signed much of that area as somewhere vehicles are not allowed to be.

    FYI - 2100/2200/2300 Clarendon does have a separate loading dock which is located under the building from the Veitch St entrance."

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    "The area right in front of our building is going to be rebuilt in the near term. The right turn slip lane is going away, and the "pork chop" island is being enlarged and reworked. That should help with some of the problems...But trucks parked in the bike lane is a police enforcement issue...I'll bring this to Design Team next week to see if there is something else that can be done."

    Sounds like taking it up with the ACPD might be the best recourse.

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    Thanks so much--I wanted to make sure I was being reasonable. I'm going to more carefully observe how far the trucks are into the bike lane (they are certainly close enough where to pass I have to go into the right lane--it is hard to safely pass there as I would most othe rplaces because of the reasons I whined about above). If I confirm that this is continuing and as bad as I think it is, I'll put in a call. Good to know improvements are coming to that area too!

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    This problem is continuing, so I put in a call to the non-emergency police number yesterday (as directed by the county). If anyone else is noticing a problem here, please call also.

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    This is part of my commute as well and I agree, it's a hazardous section. Thanks DB for posting, I'll put in a call as well.

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