My ire first peaked as I headed north on Lavaca after the bridge to find a giant tour bus parked in the bike lane across from City Hall. As I passed, I found a limo following suit.
This, moments after receiving a text message from my pedicab shop owner informing me that, for some un-explained reason, APD had mandated that pedicabs are not allowed to operate on Cesar Chavez, at all, between Congress and I35. No start or end time. No reason. Just singled out and banned.
Sometimes, I feel like a second class citizen as a pedicab driver. Like I’m a teenager who broke curfew one too many times or got in trouble because my parents don’t like my friends. It’s absurd.
(Update: After some emailing with Place 1 Austin City Councilman Chris Riley, the pedicab ban has been lifted. After some diligence on Riley’s end in trying to track down the origin of the order, none could be found and it was rescinded. Thanks so much Chris!)
Thus, perhaps I was a bit quicker to notice others treating cyclists and cycling facilities like mud, but the examples kept flowing.
This one, just up the road on Lavaca, was particularly special. A city truck – not there for maintenance or anything official, but rather to pick up lunch – blocking the bike lane again…and this time directly in front of a “No Stopping No Standing” sign.
I missed an even better shot just a second earlier, that not only included this guy, but two more cars down San Jacinto blocking the rest of the bike lane…likely because they’d been valet parked there.
On a much more positive note, bike share seems to be doing well and I just had to get a pic of this guy. A bike share bike with a Tern foldable inside the basket? Sweeeet.
I’m sure I could have found more examples, but I just had to come home, chill out for a bit, and vent on the Internet. Perhaps I’ll have more to say later, if I hear from Councilman Riley or APD.