Eyes on the Street: Right of Way Enforcement Not Right at All
This photo is almost too on-the-nose.
Earlier today a reader sent Streetsblog Denver this picture of a Department of Public Works Right of Way Enforcement van parked in the bike lane on 14th Street, in front of the Denver Performing Arts Complex, at about 9:30 a.m.
What, exactly, does Right of Way Enforcement do? This, according to DPW’s website:
Right of Way Enforcement issues citations for parking violations. We address on- and off-street parking violations, private property parking violations and other violations of city parking regulations.
This photo is another reminder that downtown lanes created for people on bikes are often just free parking spaces for drivers. (Notice FedEx, the city’s worst parking violator, parked on the bike lane in the background.)
This will continue as long as downtown drivers see parking anywhere they want as an entitlement or a cost of doing business. Better enforcement is key to creating the city that officials say they want. But based on this picture, it’s hard to believe DPW takes enforcement seriously.