#StreetFail: Sandwiched Between a Semi and a Taxi Cab in the Bike Lane

Behind: A Mack truck.
In front:
In front: a Union Taxi.

Plastic posts are not enough to keep drivers out of bike lanes, and here’s a #StreetFail that proves it.

Reader Sloan Campi sent in these photos from the Arapahoe Street bike lane. She writes:

I was riding in the protected bicycle lane on Arapahoe at 14th Street, when I stumbled upon a taxi parked in the bike lane (#StreetFail number 1). Not 5 seconds later, a Shamrock Foods semi-truck RAN OVER the bollards behind me and parked in the bike lane, effectively trapping me between two motor vehicles in a protected bike lane (#StreetFail number 2)! Couldn’t go without sharing.

Without stronger physical barriers or any enforcement, the Arapahoe Street bike lane — the city’s newest and nicest — isn’t providing the safe-for-all-abilities cycling environment that it’s supposed to.

Got a picture of something that’s making Denver’s streets better? Worse? Share it on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #SweetStreet or #StreetFail, and we may share it on the blog. You can email me as well.

  • Chris

    Can’t the Shamrock Foods truck be finned for running over city property?

  • ecycled

    I realize this doesn’t fix the issue (quickly enough…. Grrrr) yet any situation involving a vehicle that requires a USDOT Number to operate (the commercial delivery truck must comply) and has violated applicable laws and regulations should be reported to the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration).

    The number will be prominently displayed on side of vehicle (see example).

    Here is a link for FMCSA (USDOT Numbers):

  • Sloan

    I called Denver PD afterwards and reported the Shamrock truck. Got the VIN and USDOT # Don’t know what the outcome was though… I also reported the taxi. Later I called Shamrock foods and reported the truck to them as well. They said they’d call me back…never heard from them.

    Ths shamrock foods truck was:
    VIN: EM041720

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