Austin to step up enforcement of bike-only lanes

Talk 1370 Newsroom
January 22, 2020 - 8:23 am
Bicycle lane

AUSTIN ( -- Austin Transportation officials say they're stepping up enforcement efforts to keep the city's designated bike-only lanes clear for riders.

"Parking in a bike-only lane compels cyclists to enter general travel lanes, which greatly increases the chances of a deadly or serious crash," said Robert Spillar, P.E., Director for Austin Transportation. "Keeping our bike lanes clear makes our streets safer for both cyclists and motorists alike."

Fines for obstructing a bike-only lane can be up to $300 and the cost to redeem a towed vehicle the same day of impoundment is around $193.

Citizens can report illegally parked vehicles via the 3-1-1 mobile app or by calling 3-1-1, and parking enforcement officers will be dispatched to reported violations.

"This increased enforcement will allow bicyclists of all ages and abilities to enjoy our city’s bike network with less risk of being hit by a driver," said Lewis Leff, Transportation Safety Officer for Austin Transportation. "Providing bicyclists with clear lanes of travel also improves predictability and order on our transportation network, which makes our streets safer for everyone regardless of their mobility preference."

The enforcement efforts are part of the city's Vision Zero program, which aims to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on Austin roadways.

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