Hard line on lane abusers

2018-10-09 06:01

An operation was carried out recently to address illegal parking by vehicles in designated green cycle lanes in Bree Street.

The operation follows on from a motion submitted by ward councillor Dave Bryant to subcouncil 16 where he requested that steps be taken to address illegal parking in the lanes and for the lanes to be repainted (“Cycle lanes ‘need work’,” People’s Post, 5 June).

In terms of existing legislation there is no specific law referring to parking in cycle lanes, but traffic officials are able to use laws relating to obstruction of traffic to fine offenders, Bryant explains.

“A total of 19 vehicles were fined during the operation. I have met with traffic officials in this regard and they have assured me that this will be the first of many such operations to come.

“We must keep working to improve the environment for non-motorised transport users in the CBD so that more people feel comfortable using their bikes and other forms of non-motorised transport to get around. I have also been in communication with the City of Cape Town’s transport officials who are in the process of ensuring that the faded green cycle lanes in parts of lower Bree Street are refurbished as soon as possible.”

Driving across the Bree Street lanes is not illegal as this is required in order to make use of abutting parking bays, Bryant explains, but parking or stopping with a motorised vehicle in the lanes is not allowed at any stage.

“These lanes are designated with white lines which allow for motorised vehicles to drive across them. These are different to lanes that are designated with yellow markings, such as some in Woodstock and elsewhere which motorised vehicles may not enter at any stage.”

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