Today I came upon such a scene....
First, a wee bit on introduction. Up until this spring, New Haven had regularly scheduled street-sweeping. Posted along blocks were permanent signs letting folks know that in certain months, there would be no parking on this side of the street on this particular block 'each alternate Wednesday' or whatever the case may be, and it changes from block to block so one constantly needs to checks signs and dates. The city was always suddenly incredibly efficient on these street-sweeping days-- you would see a police car with a line of tow trucks behind it making loops around neighborhoods, ready to tow away any errant parker. It is difficult to meet a car-owning Elm City resident who hadn't gotten towed one time or another since the street-sweeping days can easily sneak up on you.
However, hit by a winter filled with snow that cost the city a lot to plow, the street sweeping signs this spring suddenly disappeared, in what I can only assume a cost-saving move for the Department of Traffic and Parking or the DOT or whichever city agency is in charge of maintaining our streets. Instead of twice monthly, regularly scheduled street sweeping, these temporary "No Parking" cardboard signs announcing sweeping tomorrow will appear randomly (or at least randomly in my mind) taped to trees and sign poles. As a cyclist, one big bummer of the cutback in street sweeping is the huge amounts of broken glass I am constantly dodging while riding throughout the city-- piles of green, white, and red shards waiting to puncture my tires, remaining for days, weeks, months (?)... I do wonder, too, about the employee whose job it is to drive around neighborhoods hanging signs and just what his/her wage may be for this act.
So today, while riding home from work, I passed this and had to turn around to get a fuzzy snap with my non-fancy camera phone:
So does someone in New Haven's Department of Traffic and Parking have a sense of humor? Is s/he a bike lover or hater? Or was someone trying to send the message that it is time to get rid of your car, get yourself a bike, and forever free you from worrying about which side of the street you park on?
Check out, too, this post by Let's Go Ride a Bike discussing women and bikes. You may recognize a comment by a certain bakfiets-riding mama.