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Are There Trash Bins in Your Bike Lane?

LADOT wants to know where to focus new bike lane education program.

For cyclists, there are few experiences less frustrating than having than having the path of bike lane blocked by trash bins.

Local riders take a number of approaches to this problem--some kick them out of the way, others get off their bike and politely roll them onto the homeowners driveway. Some have even launched their own education campaigns.

Now, after years of public pressure, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation is launching an ad campaign to educate Angelenos about the illegality of leaving trash bins in bike lanes, but they need to know where to focus the campaign.

A new poster--which advises homeowners not to "trash the bike lane!"--will be posted in the advertising space of Bureau of Sanitation vehicles.

According to the LADOT Bike Blog, the campaign will actually comprise three parts.

From the LADOT Bike Blog:

The campaign will be [composed] of three parts; advertisements on the side of Bureau of Sanitation vehicles, language to be included in print materials distributed to the Bureau of Sanitation’s customer base, and staff training to ensure that after pick up, trash receptacles are not deposited in bike lanes.

LADOT has yet to launch the campaign, as they are trying to determine which parts of the city are in the greatest need of education.

"We’ll need your help in order to determine specific areas of the city where we should target the 'Don’t Trash the Bike Lane' campaign," the post states. "If you happen to know what bike lanes get blocked on a regular basis, be sure to leave us a comment below, or email us at ladotbikeblog (at) gmail (dot) com."

If a recent DIY-campaign launched by Glassell Park resident Marino Pascal is any indication, Northeast Los Angeles might be a good place to focus the LADOT ads.

Pascal got the jump on the city by placing his own hand-made stickers on recepticals that lined the bike line on on Eagle Rock Boulevard near the Verdugo Bar.

Which bike lanes do you find blocked most often? Avenue 50? York Boulevard? Let us know in the comments, and send your feedback to ladotbikeblog (at) gmail (dot) com.

Bikeside April 06, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Why not also: (1) place the "don't trash the bike lane!" ad on service bills; and (2) create "don't trash the bike lane!" stickers for recycling and trash bins?
Steve April 06, 2012 at 08:51 PM
If these people are blocking the bike lanes they should get their trash cans kicked over.
Richard Risemberg April 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Eagle Rock Blvd, which I ride between Fletcher and York every Tuesday--which is trash day. 50th between el Paso and Fig. Never have had a problem on York itself. But then I don't know if Tuesday is trash day on York as well.
Marino April 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Since less than 1 in 100 streets has a bike lane the problem is not as daunting as it seems. The problem of trashcans in bike lanes in Northeast LA is limited to about 20 blocks or 300 trashcans. It can be resolved. Basically it's a problem when there is scarcity of parking. When the trashcans compete with cars for curb space the cars win. How to address that? Here are some ideas. - No parking on trash day. Combine with street cleaning. - Reserved "parking" for trash cans only. - The Sanitation Dept doesn't pick up trash cans placed illegally.
David Fonseca (Editor) April 10, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Thanks for uploading your photos, Marino. Is there anywhere locals can pick up copies of these fliers if they'd like to distribute them?
Walter Price September 19, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I move trash out bike path people angry at me. I told them not safe they say ride around it. its very dangerous and I am deaf ( I can not see or hear cars passing in back of me or should I ride my bike on other side of road?) riding bike fast. had to stop in front of the trash can cars go by fast and road is very narrow. They have plenty of room to move trash can elsewhere. Instead they put in path next to thick brush right in the path. my son (8 years old.) also riding bike daily commute to school with him. Cars go by him nearly hit him, as he ride around the trash cans. The street is Sunset we ride on Fair Oaks Blv. then on Sunset ave to Kenth ave where Earl Legette School. Both street have Bike path lane mark with white lines. this is the City of Fair Oaks, California.
Misterbee1 December 06, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Happens all the time on Venice Blvd. Today they're were five of them on a cluster, all empty. Which means they were placed there by Sanitation trucks, not necessarily residents. But my favorite is on the the south side of Venice Blvd., where trash pickup day is the same day as street sweeping, so the trash bins are always in the bike lane, so as not to inconvenience the street sweepers. We can do better than this, folks....

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