The New Orleans City Council is raising the fine for blocking or parking cars in the city’s growing network of bike lanes.
For years, the fine has been $40. But Councilman Jay Banks is leading the effort to increase the fine to $300.
“It needs to be that high. This is a public safety issue,” Banks told WGNO. “You will never be affected by this fine if you do not park in the bike lane. It could have been a million dollars, and it won’t affect you.”
The city is ramping up its effort to make the streets safer for bicyclists. Along with the 100+ miles of bike lanes, the city has a $2.6 million grant to do more infrastructure work. Also, some city officials recently returned from a trip to Spain to see how bicyclists are allowed to ride safely in some of its busiest areas.