Green Team obstacle

At the corner of Curtner and Leigh, the Green Team of San Jose has been leaving two waste bins, one of which generally obstructs the entire bike lane. Despite that this section is marked as a bus zone and that the curb is painted red, the Green Team continues to service waste bins in this area. A cyclist, having just crossed the intersection, must then swerve into the lane of traffic to continue. Occasionally, even the city bus must stop in the lane of traffic.

I contacted the Green Team back in October, 2017, and they claim to have escalated the complaint. The bins are still blocking the lane fo traffic. No action has been taken.

Below are a series of photos, which I have sent to the Green Team, documenting this problem for cyclists.

April 10, 2018:

Two bins are habitually parked in the red zone. The foremost generally blocks the bike lane.

It’s not just that the bins are inconveniently placed, but that the bins constitute a safety hazard, forcing cyclists into the lane of traffic, having just crossed through a busy intersection.

The photo at the top of the page is also from this date. All are screen shots from my Cycliq camera.

March 27, 2018:

Sometimes the bin is pushed closer to the sidewalk, but it still blocks the bike lane.

October 25, 2017

Busses often have to park in the lane of traffic to pick up passengers, including disabled passengers who require more time to board. Parked in the red zone, the bins are hazardous for passengers as well.

October 24, 2017

Despite receiving copies of these photos, the Green Team insists their bins are legally parked.

On this morning, I witnessed a Green Team driver servicing and parking the bins in the red zone. Initially, the foremost bin was also infringing on the lane of traffic. The driver, named Jeffery, ultimately moved it out of the road.

It’s one thing that these bins block the bike lane, but the Green Team driver also leaves the bins in the street.

“Jeffery” finally stepped outside his vehicle to push the bin out of the road.

This is the vehicle.

It’s hard to understand what the Green Team is thinking.

All of these images have been sent to various people at the Green Team. One employee apparently went out to the site and stated that he didn’t really see a problem.

© 2018, Mark R. Adams. All rights reserved.

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