Film industry trucks block bike lanes all the time here in Los Angeles, particularly along busy and fast moving Sunset Boulevard. Shutting down a bike lane on Sunset forces cyclists to merge into traffic that is sometimes going as fast as 50 miles an hour. It’s a tragedy waiting to happen.
|Not much room between a fast moving bus and a film industry truck.|
As to the legality of blocking a bike lane I don’t have a good answer, but in my opinion it doesn’t matter. Even if it is legal, that doesn’t make it right or safe. Is a film production worth a traumatic brain injury or a death?
Those of us who ride a bike in Los Angeles need your help. I want get the word out that:
- Elected officials in the City of Los Angeles (in this case, Councilman Garcetti’s district) do not take the safety of cyclists and pedestrians seriously enough.
- The film industry values profits over human lives.
Please Tweet, Facebook and link to this post even if you don’t live here. Appeals to the police department and elected officials in the past have done nothing to fix this problem. All we get are excuses and, once LAPD calls the film crew, hand made signs like the one below:
In Portland, Oregon cyclists get a detour:
To contact those responsible for this situation please email the following:
Like most cyclists here in LA, I also drive, walk and take public transportation so I understand this issue from all sides. We need equity in our transportation choices and we all need to stay safe.
UPDATE: Looks like the city has “fixed” the problem with slightly more official looking signs:
Too bad it’s still dangerous. I guess it’s going to take a death to fix this problem.