Interference with Toronto bike lanes will not be tolerated this week.
The “Right 2 Bike” campaign kicks off this morning, and will see parking enforcement officers take action against vehicles parked in the many dedicated bike lanes that now inhabit the city.
The campaign coincides with Bike To Work Day in Toronto, where Torontonians are encouraged to take human-powered contraptions to work to both decrease congestion and improve their personal health and well-being.
Critics are questioning the need for this campaign, and ask why Toronto police aren’t launching a campaign targeting cyclists who fail to obey simple road rules, like stopping at stop signs and staying off sidewalks.
Here’s the official press release from Toronto Police:
“Beginning on Monday, May 30, 2016 Parking Enforcement Officers will be launching a heightened enforcement campaign entitled, “Right 2 Bike.” This campaign will focus on the enforcement of bicycle lanes in Toronto. It will run until Sunday, June 5, 2016.
Areas of the city where significant challenges have been identified, by our cycling community and members of the Toronto Police Service, will also be a focus of this campaign.
The City of Toronto has dedicated significant resources to the development of bicycle lanes and is focused on the expansion of the bicycle transportation network within the City of Toronto. The illegal parking of vehicles in bicycle lanes deprives cyclists of their personal safety and impedes the orderly flow of bicycle traffic throughout the city.
In 2014, the City of Toronto enacted new bicycle lane by-laws and significantly increased penalties for this type of offence, from $60 to $150. To date, the Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement Unit has issued more than 17,000 tickets for bicycle-lane offences.”