A film shoot in Echo Park earlier this week found the westbound Sunset Boulevard bike lane blocked off between Alvarado and Coronado streets. That prompted an Echo Park cyclist named Nick to complain to Film LA, which oversees film permits, about what he considers a hazardous and illegal practice. Said Nick in an email:
“Most cyclists, pedestrians and drivers do not realize that the film crews are illegally violating their film permits, parking illegally, and illegally blocking the bicycle lane with trucks/ orange cones … When people see these hazards, they should immediately contact parking enforcement to have the vehicles towed and ticketed. Unfortunately most people do not realize this and it creates a hazard to our community. Film LA has informed me the correct course of action for these violations is to contact Parking Enforcement and the Police Department.
Nick, a former pro racer and who helped found Midnight Ridazz in Echo Park, said that the blockage of bike lanes happens all too frequently by film crews, bands loading equipment and cars. “Blocking them illegally for commercial filming or as a loading zone sends out the wrong message,” he said. “It’s also annoying and dangerous. When people see orange cones or flashing hazard lights they may think that the use is legal. It is not, and people should speak up and call Los Angeles Parking Enforcement.”