Northbound on 3rd Avenue at 3rd Street, Minnesota license LM5795 parked in the bike lane and the crosswalk simultaneously outside of Rick's Cabaret. I spoke to the driver, who moved their vehicle. As I walked north to have a conversation with another vehicle (whose license I didn't catch) parked in the bike lane, one of the delightful and professional bouncers at Rick's hollered some abuse at me down the sidewalk (they've gotten rather used to seeing me hanging about the door of their shop). I headed back south on 3rd Street, then came back a few minutes later to find another vehicle, Minnesota license LM5577 was parked in both the crosswalk and the bike lane. I spoke with the driver, who moved.
Northbound on 3rd Avenue at 3rd Street outside of Rick's Cabaret, a blue and white taxi ran a red light and Minnesota license 506 WGD parked in the crosswalk after having run a red light.
Northbound on 3rd Avenue at 3rd Street outside of Rick's Cabaret, Minnesota license 732 WRU was parked in the bike lane. After spending several minutes trying to get the driver to move their vehicle to a legal location, I finally called the cops. The driver moved their car, so I said goodbye to the 911 operator. The driver then pulled their vehicle around into a crosswalk and again refused to move. I called the police again, while the bouncers at Rick's Cabaret commented and the manager of that establishment manhandled my bike. Eventually Minneapolis Police Department vehicle 123 showed up and pulled the perpetrator aside, telling him that when parking in the bike lane in the future they should be quicker about it. I let the officers know how I felt about them advising a driver to break the law.
Southbound on 3rd Avenue at 3rd Street, Minnesota license 319 NHL was parked in the ballard-protected bike lane while waiting for a customer inside Rick's Cabaret. I stopped and spoke with the driver and the bouncer at Rick's and eventually, when my phone decided to cooperate, I reported the vehicle to 311 and moved on.
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.