Lawmakers Pass 50$ Fine For Parking In Bike Lanes

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 05

Don’t know if the governor is going to sign it…but he should.

 

Drivers across the state could be penalized with a ticket of up to $50 for stopping in a bike lane under legislation sent to the governor’s desk on Tuesday, the last day of the biennial session.

State and local officials have increasingly turned portions of roadways into bike lanes, and municipalities have imposed their own fines against drivers who use bike lanes for parking or stopping.

In May 2014, a new bike lane obstruction penalty went into effect in Cambridge, with a $35 charge, according to the city’s website, which says that previously vehicles obstructing bike lanes were ticketed for double-parking or other offenses. Boston also tickets drivers for stopping or parking in a bike lane, according to its website. (via)


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2 Responses to “Lawmakers Pass 50$ Fine For Parking In Bike Lanes”

  1. By DKB on Jan 5, 2017 | Reply

    The bill would allow fines for stopping or standing in a bike lane, not just parking. The actual implementation of bike lanes differs across different towns and cities. This bill appears to make it illegal to stop at the curb and let someone get in or out of a car. That seems absurd to me. It should be obvious by now that a painted line on the pavement doesn’t protect anyone and that piling more and more fines on failing to respect the line won’t accomplish much without a comprehensive plan for use of the public ways that takes into account the many ways that real people use those ways.

  2. By Boston Biker on Jan 6, 2017 | Reply

    @DKB

    Couldn’t you say the same thing about stop lights? What is it about the light that actually keeps us safe? Do the photons from the red light somehow make cars stop? Or is it the huge amount of trouble you will get in legally and socially and financially for running the light?

    I would suggest that if you made parking in bike lanes more costly people would treat them with more respect.

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