City of North Vancouver councilors will consider a new $200 fine for those who are found impeding a bike lane in the city.
The new fine will be discussed at a council meeting today, February 1.
The fine for “Impeding A Mobility Lane” is based on similar fines in the region, including the City of Vancouver, says CNV staff.
The combination of painted bicycle lanes, paint buffered bicycle lanes, and protected bicycle lanes are collectively referred to as mobility lanes.
“It reflects the increased safety risks to vulnerable road users using these facilities when they are blocked by motor vehicles,” according to a staff report to the council.
According to this report, there has been an increase in vehicles misusing bike lanes, raising the safety risks to road users.
Currently, vehicles stopping, parking or impeding a mobility lane are considered to be “impeding traffic” and may be levied a fine of $100.
However, CNV says bylaw officials have noted difficulties in applying this penalty when a motor vehicle is impeding a designated mobility lane.
This is because the bylaw is not clear to drivers that road users in these lanes are considered traffic.
CNV staff says the new $200 fine clarifies penalty and fine for stopping, parking or otherwise impeding a mobility lane.
The new fine will increase ease of enforcement and discourage misuse by motor vehicles that may impact the safety of vulnerable road users, the staff says.
If the council endorses the amendments, the staff will develop an outreach plan to ensure awareness of new rules and penalties.
The staff will also monitor compliance and effectiveness of the fine and then decide if a higher fine is necessary in the future.
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