Parking in the Cycle Track Continues but Why are there still Parking Meters?

parking cycle track

“Dear PoPville,

I dodged this amazing parking job this afternoon on 15th St just south of K St NW. More off-pissing than anything else was the fact that the legal parking on the correct side of the barriers, along the entire block, was completely unoccupied. When DC parking enforcement seems to issue no tickets on Sundays, I guess this is inevitable. Of note: this is the first time I’ve seen this particular move by a car that didn’t have Maryland plates, but that doesn’t really feel like cause for celebration.”

I agree it’s annoying as hell but is it possible they were confused by the parking meters? Why are there even parking meters next to the cycle track, a vestige before it went in?

21 Comment

  • I’m pretty sure the parking meters are for the lane outside the cycle track. Cars can park there and have to feed the meter on the curb. I agree that would cause confusion – it’s not very clearly marked at all.

    • Not clearly marked except for the yellow line, bike symbols, and white barrier with flex posts that make it difficult to park there in the first place.

      I’m not sure how this person could survey the situation after parking and not realize that there are some clues that what they did was incorrect.

      • The bike lane is clearly marked, but where you’re supposed to park isn’t. If I was looking at this road, I would assume that the other side of the barriers is a travel lane, not for parking – there are no clearly visible markings shown in the photo. Some roads, like 15th, make it very clear where you’re supposed to park. The city should do the same here.

        • do you see the whole row of cars parked on the outside of the barriers in the background of the photo? that could’ve been a clue as to where you’re supposed to park.

  • They should just replace all the meters with bike parking racks. They’ve done this successfully in many cities, such as Toronto, to greatly expand bike parking access.

    • maxwell smart

      “There are very few bicycles…” Wrong. Bicycling in DC has only increased every single year and finding places to lock a bike can be very challenging. Georgetown is especially terrible – I think they purposefully made every vertical post large enough to not accommodate a U Lock.

      • Yeah, and after all those increases the past 10 years, cycling only constitutes a whopping ~2% of vehicle trips on DC streets, the bulk of which are during pleasant weather days.

        • According to some sources, D.C.’s bike mode share is now as high as 4%.

          More cars off the road is a good thing, no? Especially for drivers. It’s also carbon neutral. Seems like the benefits of cycling are pretty apparent…

        • Vehicle trips on DC streets is really, really broad. if you limited your sample to the area between north capital and rock creek park and up to columbia heights/petworth, you’d be much higher than 2%.

      • The worst is actually Penn Ave between the Capitol and White House, particularly closer to the White House. We have our flagship cycle track but nowhere to actually lock a bike.

    • Not sure. Judging by the smiles I get when I cycle home in a dinner jacket (“tuxedo”) after a reception downtown, I bet a lot of folks would like to. Nice business suits, though, indeed, should be kept at one’s office for day to day wear in Washington.

  • “I agree it’s annoying as hell but is it possible they were confused by the parking meters?”

    If they’re that easily confused and somehow didn’t spot a half dozen context clues telling them they shouldn’t be there, then they shouldn’t have a drivers license.

  • They really need to paint the outline for parking spots on the other side of the bike lane barriers. (Or move the meters to the other side of the bike lane, which I highly doubt would happen).

    • +1 to “They really need to paint the outline for parking spots on the other side of the bike lane barriers.”

    • maxwell smart

      My guess is that the parking in that outside lane is restricted to certain hours, so painting the parking spots would then be confusing when parking is not permitted. But moving the meters and the signs would be a good solution.

  • We really do need to up the bar of knowledge and skills required for one to get and maintain a driver’s license. I once had a driver yell at me while I was in a crosswalk with a walk signal.. when I pointed out that she had a red light and she needed to stop, she said she was turning right and red and didn’t need to stop.

    We really should expect more from ourselves.

  • tonyr

    Call the cops and ask them to write a ticket. The church on my block did when I forgot about the “No Parking – Sunday 7:00 – 3:00” space the other week. I got a ticket at 7:59 A.M. courtesy of officer badge number 3427. They could issue it for “Code 55 – No Parking Anytime”. Oh – I do realize that I was at fault and paid it, but perhaps we could just spread the love here.

  • How about replacing parking meters here with parking ticket machines? And, you know, better signage and lane markings.

    Still no excuse for this. Pretty freaking clear it’s a bike lane.

  • Bike commuting is becoming increasingly popular in DC. I think the green paint in bike lanes help, but a lot of drivers just cannot seem to comprehend that bikes share the road with cars in DC. I did see MPD ticket a car parked in the new bike lane near Union Station.

Comments are closed.