Regarding: Trucks on the Boardwalk [Reprise], I must defend myself. Over a year ago I blogged about the ‘joyride’ that I witnessed on the old boardwalk. In my article What is a Parking Enforcement SUV doing on the boardwalk?, I wrote:
[Sept 9th, 2012] Tonight (Sunday) at around 7pm there was a navy blue City of Long Beach Parking Enforcement truck cruising the boardwalk between Neptune & Franklin Blvds. Now, I don’t recall illegal parking to ever be an issue on our boardwalk, do you? The driver appeared to be cruising on what was a perfect Sunday night where tons of people were walking, biking and soaking in the salt air.
That is what I’m complaining about when I say no trucks on the boardwalk. I do believe it’s no longer an issue, for I personally haven’t seen that happen since. Yes, I did post a photo the other day, but I wasn’t there, so I don’t know what that particular situation was about.
Now let’s talk about picking up garbage. You don’t need a giant truck to do that.
Coney Island uses similar vehicles, although I don’t have a photo of their garbage vehicle. Try to picture the GEM vehicle in the photo below with a trailer.
Obviously there are instances when trucks need to be on the boardwalk:
- Medical Emergencies.
- When a building is on fire.
- When light bulbs need to be replaced.
- When banners need to be hung.
- When a contractor needs to perform a particular service that requires a truck (like the boardwalk rebuild)… etc.
- Pretty soon the Long Beach Orthodox Jewish community will be stringing their symbolic Eruv along the boardwalk. That will require a truck.
I am not 100% ant-truck. I know it is very important for the LBPD to patrol the boardwalk. I am not disputing that at all. But, as a reader named Kayo points out in my last article:
Just looked this info up on the internet: The smart car LBPD car that Anthony saw on the BW weighs 1808 lbs. A 2013 Ford Police Interceptor 4 dr sedan weighs 5700 lbs THREE SMART CARS WEIGH LESS THAN ONE FORD POLICE INTERCEPTOR SEDAN. Looks like a home run for the LBPD Smart Car and the new boardwalk!!
I personally feel it’s better to have smaller cars on the boardwalk, even with patrolling. The boardwalk is a limited area. You aren’t going to have an OJ Simpson-style high-speed chase on there. You don’t want an OJ Simpson-style high-speed chase on there. Can you imagine if there was? Everybody would be in danger! Smart Cars are fast enough and I do know they maneuver much better than the typical full size police car. So I am glad to see the LBPD patrolling with the Smart Cars, it just seems smart (pun intended).
Going back to the ‘joyride’ that I posted in the beginning of this post: I feel like the city has taken great measures to make sure the leisure driving has ended. Besides the photo from the other day, I’ve neither seen nor heard of any other instance (there is an Arrested Development Joke somewhere in there…).