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Bike Lane Blockage WIN!
So on the first Thursday of every month, I attend the Commuter Breakfast at Thumbs Up Cafe (because I bicycle commute! and I love breakfast!) and after breakfast, Byron and I bike into work together. Now, I'm a creature of habit, and every morning, I bike from Inman Park to Georgia Tech through downtown, taking the westside route to work. But Byron works off of West Peachtree, so together we shoot straight down Peachtree, hang a left onto Linden, a right onto W. Peachtree, Byron cuts over into work, and I cycle down W. Peachtree on my own.
And every first Thursday of the month, I see the same Lanier parking shuttle van parked on the side of the road, with bright orange cones blocking off the parking spot, smack dab in the middle of the bike lane. And I get mad. I tried talking to the van driver once (not helpful), and once I moved the cones over, but usually I just fume in silence, cursing the lot of the Atlanta bicyclist.
But this particular day was different. I was all ramped up from excessive coffee refills, and from chatting with fellow bicycle commuters, and filled with self-righteous indignation, so I was determined to take action. I spoke to the van driver, who directed me into the parking garage, where I spoke to three more people before I was finally handed the direct number to the Lanier contact for this van.
When I got to work, I called him up first thing, and explained how I had to bike around his cones, and into oncoming traffic, and that the cones should be moved into the parking spots, and to my shock and wonderment, he listened to my story, was incredibly nice, and completely agreed with me!
I told myself that I'd start biking down W. Peachtree every day to get to work, just to see if they did it, but never did (see above: creature of habit - also, that route adds in one very steep hill). But this morning, being the first Thursday, I was able to witness that the cones are indeed to the side of the bike lane! Thank you, Mohammad Israel of Lanier Parking!
Photographic evidence courtesy of Kyle Torok: