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The Bud must flow: If you're going to block traffic, might as well go whole hog and do it on the wrong side of the street

Truck parked the wrong way on Washington Street in Roslindale

At least the Clydesales would be cute: Courtney Feeley Karp‎ spotted this Bud truck this morning parked against traffic on Washington Street, and blocking traffic from leaving Kittredge Street, in Roslindale, where the road is just one lane in each direction.

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Outstanding DUNE reference!

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...inside city limits by 2025, if not sooner.

Were not getting rid if large semi trucks so,

The obvious fix is regulating large truck deliveries to outside AM and PM rush "hour".

The obvious complaint is noise and rightfully so.

The obvious fix is electric trucks.

It's so simple that it'll never happen.

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Sure, noise is an obvious complaint, but "blocking traffic from leaving Kittredge Street" (or any street!) is worse!

That's it, I'm never buying Bud Light again! j/k, I only drink real beer.

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German term meaning "Your horse has diabetes".

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Budweis is the German name for České Budějovice, a city in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic (Czechia), just north of the Austrian border.

Budweis is famous for its breweries, namely the Budweiser brewery that sells the product under the Budweiser name in Europe...one that Anheuser-Busch has been trying to buy out but the Czechs refuse to, as their Budweiser brewery is a source of national pride.

České_Budějovice (Budweis)

Budweiser brewery in Czechia

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Bud Light truck leaves drivers feeling illy illy...

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BK's needs their BLs

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Tsk tsk, more entitled people who don't understand that businesses have to make deliveries and we should just accept giant trucks blocking travel ways and there's LITERALLY no other way this could happen and it's ok if you break the law as long as you're doing it for your job.

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Maybe the complainers would be happier if there were horses pulling the beer wagons. There used to be stables for the beer horses on Heath street close to Terrace street. The large vehicle is the result of critical mass volume of demand, which means the people want it.

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Horse poopies. Magoo.

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And yet somehow the United States is one of the only developed countries where local product deliveries to urban areas are made by semi truck. Can you even imagine someone driving one of these things around the streets of Lyon or Amsterdam? No, you can’t, because it would be insane and totally not allowed. We don’t need to allow it here either, there are other ways.

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In my community, the storefronts revolt if anyone proposes to take away parking for a loading zone. Which means, in fact, the collection of businesses are directly causing the obstruction, not just indirectly.

It's simple, really. More loading zones. Time them for off-peak if you like.

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This is the real answer. We have private parking minimums for residential developments. Why don't we have loading requirements for commercial properties? Let's get serious and start converting more two hour curbside to live stop only.

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Did they think of calling 911, or at the very least put in a 311 complaint?

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Better chance of getting a response via social media

311 will ignore it then close it 6 hours later saying "area checked, all clear"

And 911? Personally I wouldn't waste the dispatchers time.

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social media to spread the word and shame the company and city a bit.

311 and 911 so that there are records of the incident - 911 because a street blockage like this most definitely poses a threat to proper movement of emergency vehicles and could cause accidents.

and for good measure, a call to the non-emergency line at, what is it, district E5?

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If this were a bike blocking a roadway, people here would be losing their minds.

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On my commute once I was very cautiously following a semi truck when it very blatantly went through a red/pedestrian light. There was a guy waiting to cross. I waited for him to finish crossing and cautiously went through the intersection, with the pedestrian light. They guy yelled at me, 'The light is red!'

Are you f'ing kidding me? You have no problem with the semi truck running a red light but you're all twisted up that a cyclist went with the pedestrian light after waiting for you to cross?

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Yeah but why would a bike be blocking the roadway like this? And how for that matter? I bike every day, and I don't just stop in the road for the heck of it.

If it was a bike delivering beer, you think people would maybe be down with that?

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Someone would have moved the bike to the side of the road, either between parked cars or on the sidewalk.

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A bike?!? No they wouldn’t bc the bike wouldn’t be there for more than a few seconds before someone move it.

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Compare and contrast.

And do note that zero people have said anything about the impacts this truck had on emergency vehicle response times. Oh right, thats only a concern when fighting against road diets, protected bike lanes or BLM protests.

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That most commenters have been grilling the idea that the truck is blocking the travel lane is many ways, ranging from scorn to sarcasm to just calling the brand piss beer (in other words.) I specifically asked if 911 was called, implying that I saw this as something that should have been dealt with by law enforcement.

However, let's compare and contrast. Has anyone actually defended the truck driver? Did anyone (and I am looking at you, sir) defend the cyclists?

In the end, the truck driver has the gotten worse treatment, but we can't help that you view the world the way you do.

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Those threads were full of all kinds of what-if scenarios about how dangerous that cyclist was. I do believe I myself said there wasn't anything to defend about the cyclist but you don't remember the exchange about the motorist who was snapping said photo and the lack of outrage?

Here? We get some jokes and half-hearted attempts to say "well, how else do you expect the beer to be delivered?"

Bottom line, dedicated loading zones, regulations requiring smaller trucks and picked up enforceme......haha I can't even finish that joke of a sentence, none of that is happening because we can't fathom reducing parking in any way and BPD doesn't do traffic enforcement.

I just think a certain subset of people are so desensitized by car-culture that egregious instances like this are met with a passing "oh thats too bad" but god forbid someone see a cyclist roll through a stop sign. We've aruged over this before but look at the volume and substance of comments in the weekly post about some motorist doing something really stupid, crickets.

Or we can conjure something non-cycling related and all the faux outrage about BLM protests blocking traffic and that story of the ambulance that was diverted, my god that was a huge talking point. But when it comes to the all-too often fire hydrant being blocked or double parked cars narrowing travel lanes and possibly blocking emergency vehicles?

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Not to your comment, but the one that stands on its own.

If people are really concerned about things like this, the answer is not to tell Adam. The answer is to tell 911, or maybe 311 if the concern is that it’s a chronic concern (which the blocking of Washington Street is)

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911 and 311 tend to ignore these things (as someone else pointed out, they just wait 8 hours and then send you a "we just checked and they aren't there anymore" message). At least here it's getting some publicity and attention that will hopefully eventually cause people to push for systemic changes to fix these kinds of things.

Sure, it's all probably just screaming into a void, but sometimes it's at least nice to see other people screaming with you.

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Which this should have been. So yes, they will pass the complaint on to some other agency (BTD?) who would eventually send someone out, but by that time the truck would be in Quincy or wherever the delivery route takes it.

911 should get someone out there quicker (a call noting that there is a car blocking Washington Street should get a response, assuming there isn't some other emergency like a shooting drawing staffing.)

311 would be worth while if the citizen was looking to document an ongoing problem, but then again 911 has a similar way of noting trends.

Sending the photo to Adam, on the other hand, would allow people to piss and moan about what the a-hole driver did without any attempt to actually correct the problem or keep it from happening again. Also, since Adam trawls 311 for good items from time to time, 311 could get that result.

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I am sure the driver did his best to be productive within the limits of time , space , and distance. Would he be expected to drive up to the Dedham rotary to turn around safely to face the right way and return to the non existent loading zone that should be realistically sized to fit the delivery truck? Carry on Bud guy, keep the barrels rolling !

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Conversely, the driver could have pulled into the Bank of America parking lot, whose entrance is across the street from BK's, stopped in the middle of the lot, done his delivery, then drive to the other side of the lot, make a not-quite-legal right onto Cohasset, then another right onto Corinth, then another right onto Washington, then could have continued on his way.

I mean, BoA could have had the truck towed, but I bet whoever they contract with for towing doesn't have a truck that could tow that.

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That Bank was formerly a supermarket, one of 3 that were in the square, which all got deliveries by Trailer in the 60's. The right turn onto Corinth is very difficult. Also that bar , one of a few left in Roslindale, has been getting wrong side deliveries for decades, life has gone on, people need to lighten up, carry on !

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100% of the cyclists that were killed in Boston in the last 10 years were killed by large trucks. Life did not "go on" for them.

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The most realistic outcome I would hope for here is that the delivery company decides that it's just too costly deal with the tickets and police harassment that comes with randomly parking a tractor trailer in the middle of Boston's narrow streets and would instead opt to do a larger number of trips in a much smaller vehicle. I get that it probably saves them money but it does so at the expense of literally everyone else. The whole point of ticketing delivery vehicles should be to shift this "cost-benefit" calculation in favor of things that make our roads safer and more efficient for the maximum number of people.

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