This shaky and time compressed YouTube video was sent to me this morning and shows a lot of cars are parked in the bike lanes on this trip from West Philadelphia to Headhouse Square.
It's likely that this video was taken on a Saturday or Sunday and as many of you know house of worship attendees with a placard placed in the windshield are allowed to park on Spruce and Pine during services. There is a later shot of a person unloading their car, which is also admissible.
However the video also spots a half dozen or so cars parked in the 22nd St bike lane as well as the usual stray cars parked in the Spruce and Pine bike lanes for no apparent reason. In West Philadelphia the most interesting feature is that the bike lanes on the streets appear faded. At the 1:03 mark a plastic barricade is blocking the entire eastbound Spruce/South St bike lane just across from Franklin Field.
How was the cyclist behaving? Scrutinizing the video the cyclist appears to be obeying the signals although at 1:59 the he or she seems to leave ahead of the green along with 4 pedestrians on Pine St. Woodland walk is also used, it is one of the walks on the UPenn Campus that allows bicycles at all times and avoids the chaotic 38th and Spruce intersection.
The Bicycle Coalition is currently researching City and State traffic laws that prohibit parking in bike lanes. While there are no specific bike lane violations on the books, current traffic laws which prohibit parking in certain areas may allow Police or Parking Authority personnel to ticket cars parked in bike lanes. We are also looking towards other cities to see how the bike lane blockage problem is dealt with.