Beginning on Monday, May 30, 2016, at 11 a.m., at 52 Division, 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.
PEOs, members from Traffic Services and Divisional units of the Toronto Police Service will be assisting with this campaign. Areas of the city where significant challenges have been identified, by the cycling community and the 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. The Toronto Police Service continues to make the safe and efficient flow of traffic, and the safety of our drivers, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians, a Service priority, a statement said. – CINEWS