Boston Outlaws Parking In Bike Lanes

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 04

From ABBikes:

AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING PARKING IN A MARKED BIKE LANE

OR MARKED SHARED LANE

WHEREAS: The City of Boston is lacking an effective method to ensure public safety as members of the public not only travel in motor vehicles in marked bike lanes and shared lanes but also park in said lanes; and

WHEREAS: This Ordinance shall establish the following guidelines for parking motor vehicles in marked bike lanes and shared bike lanes; and

Ordained by the City Council as follows:

1. Purpose. The purpose of this ordinance is to establish guidelines for parking motor vehicles in marked bike lanes and shared bike lanes.
2. Prohibition from Marked Bike Lanes and Shared Lanes. No driver shall stand or park any motor vehicle in a marked bike or shared bike lane in the City of Boston.
3. Penalties. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine of one hundred dollars and no cents ($100.00) for each offense. This fine shall increase by thirty-three dollars ($33.00) if it remains unpaid at least twenty-one (21) days after issuance of a notice of the violation.
4. Exceptions. Nothing in these sections shall prevent standing or parking a motor vehicle in a marked bike lane or shared bike lane: (i) when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or pedestrians; (ii) in compliance with the lawful direction of a police officer or official traffic sign; or (iii) unless authorized to do so under existing regulations (including but not limited to designated residential parking lanes or parking meters).
5. Enforcement. The Boston Transportation Department and the Boston Police Department shall have the authority to enforce this section. The provisions of Massachusetts General Laws c. 90, s. 20A1/2 may be used to enforce these sections, and the adjudication provisions of this chapter and of Chapter 190 of the Acts of 1982 shall apply to this section. The Boston Police Department and Boston Transportation Department shall have the authority to impound any motor vehicle in violation of these sections.
6. Regulatory Authority. The Commissioner of the Boston Transportation Department and the Commissioner of the Boston Police Department shall have the authority to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to implement and enforce these sections.
7. Severability. If any provision of these sections is held as invalid, then such provision shall be considered separately and apart from the remaining provisions, which shall remain in full force and effect.
8. Implementation. The provisions of this section shall be effective immediately after passage.

Woo! Now if only they actually enforce it…and get more bike lanes.


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8 Responses to “Boston Outlaws Parking In Bike Lanes”

  1. By Joe on Aug 4, 2009 | Reply

    What, it wasn’t illegal before? That’s crazy.

  2. By Grim on Aug 4, 2009 | Reply

    Right, good luck with that. I noticed they painted a lovely, bright new bike lane along the northbound side of N. Harvard St. in Allston. Too bad the bike lane runs right underneath all the parked cars. I’ll try to send you a picture of it later today.

  3. By Boston Biker on Aug 4, 2009 | Reply

    Grim: I think combined with the new 100$ fine for parking in a bike lane, the city of Boston just painted themselves a couple thousand dollars worth of income…if they choose to harvest it.

  4. By Paul Schimek on Aug 6, 2009 | Reply

    What does this mean?:
    “Nothing in these sections shall prevent standing or parking a motor vehicle in a marked bike lane or shared bike lane: . . . unless authorized to do so under existing regulations (including but not limited to designated residential parking lanes or parking meters).”

    Also, Boston Police officers have told me that they will not stop people from double parking. So will they now ticket when double parking means blocking the bike lane?

  5. By Paul Schimek on Aug 6, 2009 | Reply

    Also, what is a “shared bike lane” (also called “shared lane” and “marked shared lane” in different places in the text)? It’s not defined in the BTD rules & regs, or in state law. Maybe it’s any lane that permits bicycles and other vehicles?
    Double parking was already a violation (as was parking in a bike lane) under Art IV Section 1 of BTD Rules & Regs:

    “No driver shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle in any of the following places, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, pedestrians, or in compliance with the lawful direction of a police officer or official traffic sign, signal, marking, or device. . . .
    11. In excess of one (1) vehicle width from the curb or edge of a roadway.
    http://www.cityofboston.gov/transportation
    /pdfs/rules.pdf

    However, the fine for double parking is only $45 compared to $100 if there is a bike lane. Still, we would need some actual ticketing rather than just increasing the fine.

  6. By Janie Katz-Christy on Aug 6, 2009 | Reply

    Grim,
    I rarely ride on N. Harvard St, but I did yesterday, from Cambridge to Boston and back again later. I was so pleased to see the new bike lanes on my way over … and then amazed to see the northbound one completely parked over when I returned! I wished I had a camera with me, too. Did you ever take that picture?

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