We heard back from the office of Council Member Steve Fletcher regarding our recent email sharing our concerns:
"I had sent the video link to Business Licensing staff prior to your email on Friday, and did follow up with them again after that. They have previously issued warnings to Rick’s for their bike lane violations and such, and will be issuing a citation and fine after this incident. We will continue to look into how the City can make sure that Rick’s is operating appropriately and using the street appropriately. Please do follow up if you have any further questions or concerns."
Southbound on 4th Street just north of 3rd Street, three vehicles whose licenses I didn't catch were parked in the bike lane. Then, westbound on 3rd Street, six vehicles whose licenses I didn't catch, as well as Minnesota licenses CHM 981 and 663 WRC, were parked in the bike lane. An employee of Rick's Cabaret moved CHM 981, striking my vehicle in the process. Then I spoke with some other employees of Rick's Cabaret, who were as cheerful and polite as always. Eventually 663 WRC moved out of the bike lane. I rode around the block and 663 WRC was again parked in the bike lane. Eventually they again moved. Then, northbound on 3rd Avenue just north of 3rd Street, Minnesota license 760 LNC was parked in the bike lane; they moved after I tapped their boot. Then, westbound on 3rd Street at 3rd Avenue, Minnesota license Minnesota license CHM 981 was parked in the bike lane. Eventually it moved. In the alleyway, I had a brief conversation with a driver who had previously promised me they would stop parking in the bike lane outside Rick's and who I had recently seen parking in the bike lane again. Finally, the same Rick's employee as before opened the door of unknown state license AU16043 into the bike lane, interfering with traffic in that lane.
The Situation at rick's
The 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street bike lanes were built to protect cyclists. Instead, they serve as a parking lot for the valet service at Rick's Cabaret and the hustle economy cars that drop off patrons.