|Don't you just hate it?|
On the commute home from work tonight, the part-time bike lane was full of parked cars smack in the middle of the no parking window. Grrrrr, right? Not just a few, either, but a big long line of them. Time for an angry post on the blog! Look out, scofflaw parkers and passive-aggressive non-parking-ticket-writing lawmen, here comes an angry/fiery screed that will make your toes curl with its passion and ire!
Oh, wait a sec. There's a sign up there. Let's go and check it out.
|The sign. It looks party-like. But with attached official document.|
What's this, some bright green sign announcing a neighborhood function of which I was unaware? A block party for which I unaccountably did not receive an invitation? A street parking training course?
|Official document, a physical manifestation of a civil society in action|
OK, wow! The people involved were concerned enough about parking regulations and the impact on their neighbors that they followed procedure, which includes contacting/informing three different agencies: Investigative Services, Right-of-Way Enforcement, and Police-Parking Enforcement. Hardly the scofflaws I initially assumed, right? And since the fax came from Traffic Operations, I assume they were involved, too. I can work with this. I can give a little to get a little.
They didn't just stick cones in the street and snub the rest of us who need to use the lane. They worked through the city, found out what they had to do, made proper application, and obtained the required approval, which they posted in a visible manner. Now, it might not make sense to everyone who reads this, but I mean it when I say: I'm proud to be a part of this.
I've lived in times and places where they do things differently than this. We don't always get reasons or explanations. The impositions placed on us are not always limited in time, or overseen by agencies who are trying to look out for the good of the many while allowing brief exceptions for the good of the few or the one.
Due process, fairness, communication, civil compromise: these make this blogger extremely happy. Get up. Go ride.