Archive: The Right Way to Double Park a Delivery Truck

A FedEx vehicle parked in a bike lane on Wynkoop Street between 15th & 16th Streets on Aug. 8. Photo: Andy Bosselman
A FedEx vehicle parked in a bike lane on Wynkoop Street between 15th & 16th Streets on Aug. 8. Photo: Andy Bosselman


Editor’s note: Streetsblog Denver is posting this 2008 story from Streetsblog New York after several complaints about FedEx and UPS vehicles parked in bike lanes came up with a recent Tweet from Rob Toftness.

When Streetsblog’s editor looked for a Denver photo for this story, another tweet, from Ben Schumacher, said that FedEx trucks are constantly parked in bike lanes on Wynkoop Street, which happens to be where Streetsblog’s offices are located. When the editor stepped outside, Schumacher was proven correct with the above photo.

This handy illustration, courtesy of New York DOT via New York Daily News columnist “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz, should be in the training curriculum for every delivery driver who does business in New York. Streetfilms’ Clarence Eckerson, who came across this graphic last week, says his appeals to delivery drivers stationed in bike lanes are often met by the excuse that it is not illegal to double park. When a vehicle blocks a bike lane, New York law says otherwise:

No vehicle is allowed to block a bicycle lane at any time. If there is no curbside spaces on either side of the street within 100 feet of a delivery/pickup location, commercial vehicles may stand, “double parked,” next to a bicycle lane. If there is no active loading or unloading taking place standing a vehicle in such a manner can result in a violation. Please note also that this does not apply to midtown Manhattan.

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  • johnerhardt

    For the record, double parking is not allowed in Denver. Sec. 54-435. – Standing or parking close to curb. But if we could upgrade to that violation (not parking in the bike lane) I would be happier.

    • Camera_Shy

      Since the trucks in both of the diagrams above are double parked, might as well park a delivery vehicle outside the bikelane – it’s much safer for everyone involved.

  • JZ71

    The truck pictured is not double parked, it’s parked, illegally, in the bike lane. To be double parked requires another vehicle to park next to, not an empty curb.

    • Camera_Shy

      “The truck pictured is …parked, illegally, in the bike lane.”

      I thought that, too. But I read through all of the parking regs for Denver, and I can’t seem to find a regulation that calls out parking in bike lanes as being illegal. The only thing I found was “Park vehicles within 18 inches of the curb.” Which that vehicle is definitely doing.

      Does anyone know if bike lanes are truly off-limits for parked vehicles in Denver?


      • JZ71

        I would assume that the bike lane is signed for “No Parking Any Time – Tow Away Zone”. If not, parking / standing / loading would be legal.

        • Camera_Shy

          Yes it is! In fact, the Fedex truck pictured above, and the one captured in the Google streetView for this block of Wynkoop, are both parked directly in front of the No Parking sign(s). So this is a failure of the parking enforcement, IMO.

  • gwats1957

    Ticket the driver, and impound the vehicle…..problem solved….

  • Camera_Shy