- Bikeway defender vs. armored truck: A CHS Community post submitted to the site Wednesday documents poster sbunin’s run-in with an armored truck and its driver illegally parked in the middle of the Broadway Bikeway:
After driving 3/4th the length of the block from E Pine Street on the Bicycle track on Broadway, the armored truck in question parked for longer than it took me to order food from a store for lunch. After informing the driver politely that it was illegal to drive in the Bicycle track and to park there and being ignored, I called the 800 number of the back of the truck and ordered lunch. Since the truck was still parked there with the driver playing on his phone, I asked him again to move at which point he said he was calling 911. I waited for the police to arrive and found them not very concerned about the armored truck being parked in the bicycle lane stating that it was likely for their safety and to call 911 if I see it again instead of bothering the driver who needs to be aware of threats. Given there were parking spaces nearby, I was more concerned for other bikers given how many times I am forced into traffic by illegally parked vehicles while biking. If you see any armored trucks or other vehicles blocking the bicycle track, please take pictures and call the police. They need to learn that this is not acceptable.
According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police were called to the 1700 block of Broadway just before 1 PM for a report of “harassment” involving a person an armored truck driver said was climbing on his truck and trying to “place a sticker” on the vehicle. As you can see above, sbunin’s account differs from the driver’s. SPD says no report was taken on the incident and that the responding officer was able to “mediate” the situation. The first stretch of the Broadway Bikeway opened in October as part of an overhaul of the street to make the road safer for bikers, pedestrians and drivers with the installation of the First Hill Streetcar. SDOT created this education material in response to confusion and straight-up ignorance of the new cycle track’s changes to street parking in the area.
- Broadway Hill package thefts: We recently posted about car prowlers and package thieves active on the Hill this holiday season. One area mentioned in the report was information shared by neighbors around Broadway Hill Park of a prolific package thief. The neighbors have pictures to share of the woman said to be ripping off people’s stuff in the area:
- Burglary arrests: SPD chased down two burglary suspects Wednesday afternoon after an alert childcare provider in the area noticed two people carrying household items near 24th Ave E. Police trailed the duo who stowed some of the suspected booty and were seen carrying a laptop and bags onto a 43 Metro coach. Police attempted to contact the males at a bus stop near 19th and John when one attempted to flee. Both males were taken into custody and some of the goods were recovered. Police traced the suspected stolen items to a home burglarized near 22nd Ave E and E Galer. One 18-year-old suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary while the other, a minor, was taken to the Youth Services Center.