Last night, I rode my bicycle to IUPUI. It has been unseasonably warm here in Indy for the week of the Super Bowl and I decided that it was time to take advantage of one of my favorite modes of transportation, the bike. I always attempt to take advantage of all the wonderful pieces of cycling infrastructure that our city is providing these days and yesterday was no difference. As often as I take pride in these structures though, it comes with an equal amount of disdain for people who have an utter disrespect for the same valuable pieces of infrastructure.
Case in point, the above picture. This was the west side of West Street at the St. Clair street crossing. The officer, with IMPD, was parked here on my way to class as well as on my way out of campus 2 hours later. Car blocking up the trail and all. On my way back home, I got a red light at this intersection and I decided to engage the officer. The conversation went like this:
Me: Does IMPD have a permit to park on the trail like this?Â
Officer: I do not know. (shrug)
Me: Because it’s illegal for the rest of us.Â
While the officer was not totally blocking the trail, there are PLENTY of side streets in this area where she could have parked her car and walked over to, I assume, provide traffic control for the busy afternoon commute as she had been positioned at the traffic light control panel.
What bothers me about this is the double standard. If bikes were parked in the middle of West Street, the police would surely show up and make sure that they were moved. However, in this case, the police themselves were the offenders blocking up one of the city’s key pieces of new cycling infrastructure.
It’s time to stop this sort of behavior Indianapolis.