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KPAM breaks the law to get story about breaking the law

News Raido 860 KPAM dangerously and illegally parks car so that reporter can take pictures and count vehicles running a stop sign.
KPAM parked blocking bike lane
KPAM parked blocking bike lane
People riding bicycles having to go around the car
People riding bicycles having to go around the car
Close-up parked in area with yellow curb
Close-up parked in area with yellow curb
Blocking access to bike lane
Blocking access to bike lane
I was on my way into work today when I came across this at N. Flint and N. Broadway at 9:05am:

A white car dangerously and illegally parked as the bike lane starts. As I rode my bicycle by the car I noticed a man in the car with a camera on the dash pointed at the stop sign. I went on to the sidewalk and noticed that he was taking pictures of bicycles and the stop sign. He also had a laptop propped up in the passenger seat and was typing on it.

I do question the validity of the data collected by the press as they very rarely share their mythology. What I find most appalling is that from my perception KPAM was willing to breaking the law in order to collect data on others breaking the law.

The reason that it is illegal to park the KPAM reporter and car was, is so that people can get to the bike lane to navigate this dangerous intersection. The following is a Google Map link.

 link to maps.google.com

I have not had a chance to hear how KPAM is using the data they collected, though I did email their news director Bill Gallagher (  bgallagher@kpam.com ) for comments.

do it for your health, do it for your fun, do it for your pocketbook, do it... 19.Jul.2008 12:14

...safely if not legally

it's interesting that, if this is the intersection i think it is, a cyclist turning right but not stopping at the sign wouldn't actually be doing anything significantly dangerous as they'd be turning from a bike lane into a bike lane without entering the path of (potential) auto traffic. oh, unless the autos decided to dangerously break the law by putting themselves in the bike lane--then maybe the bike would be doing something significantly dangerous. so all the haters in the "discussion" here might consider that where road laws aren't protecting anything, they may not be worth following...

cheers to every trip by bike that was made as a personal choice against fossil fuel!