A lot of times when the police are mentioned on this site it’s about some kind of enforcement against bicyclists or something negative in general.
Last night on my way back from my MBA class, I saw an officer speaking to a woman he had pulled over on Park Avenue just south of Second Street.
I was initially annoyed that they had stopped in the bike lane, but then I heard their conversation.
It turns out the woman was driving in the bike lane next to the tracks. The officer was explaining to the woman that the streetcar and cars were designed to share the road. He said that cars could and should drive on the tracks.
Then he said this, “This area is reserved for bicyclists to keep them farther away from the tracks.”
It was nice to hear and see an officer looking out for cyclists.
It’s interesting that on the other side of the street from where she was stopped, a loading zone cuts into that very same space.
It’s unclear if the city intends to remove the loading zone in front of Paradise Cafe or not. Joe Chase, the construction manager for the streetcar project has not returned three phone calls and two emails inquiring about this and other issues related to the streetcar.
The stop was also interesting because the woman who was pulled over is not going to be the only
one motorist (see comment below) who has no idea where to drive and how to interact with the streetcar.
The city will have an uphill battle educating everyone moving along the route.