More Photos of Bike Lane Violators Denver

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From the Westword

BikeDenver, the city's main advocacy group for cyclists, has asked its supporters to keep an eye out for illegally parked cars taking up these lanes and to send over photos. The group has shared some of them with us, and we've also snapped a few of our own around town.

But first -- what is the law here?

Emily Williams, a spokeswoman for the city's Public Works Department, writes to us:

Overall, cars parking in bike lanes is one of those growing pains Denver is experiencing as we continue to evolve into a more multimodal city; it is important for all commuters to be aware of their surroundings. A bike lane is considered part of the travel lane, therefore Denver Police has the authority to cite the offending driver. Parking in a bike lane is illegal and it is important that drivers understand that where they park can affect the transportation system as a whole.

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Bikes lanes are little more

Bikes lanes are little more than Vehicle Convenience lanes (VCL). This is a convenient place to pull over and talk on the cell phone ... this is a convenient place to unload my mowers ... this is a convenient place to park and walk to the party ... shove the bikes over there so that I can conveniently drive 65....

Why do runners do that? See

Why do runners do that? See 7th ave parkway and Marion parkway (between Washington park and Bayaud)

There is a sidewalk AND a dedicated running path right there, yet there are always runners playing chicken with me riding, in the bike lane.

Guess what reaction I'd get if I rode my bike down the running path?

No

There is a manicured and smooth dirt running path to the west, and a concrete sidewalk to the east. A pedestrian going against traffic in this situation is breaking the law, regardless of the presence of a bicycle lane.

Difference in impact to joints - while perhaps true - is irrelevant in terms of who has the right-of-way. In other words, if runners feel the asphalt is more accommodating to their running and choose this surface over two legal alternatives, they should get the hell out of the way when there is oncoming traffic.

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