Houston News : Houston mulls changing weird green parking spots into bike lanes

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Green means go, for parking? A truck belonging to a contractor working on traffic signals blocks the designated bike lane on Gray Street near Brazos Street on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

Green means go, for parking? A truck belonging to a contractor working on traffic signals blocks the designated bike lane on Gray Street near Brazos Street on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

Photo: Jay R. Jordan / Houston Chronicle

Photo: Jay R. Jordan / Houston Chronicle

Green means go, for parking? A truck belonging to a contractor working on traffic signals blocks the designated bike lane on Gray Street near Brazos Street on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

Green means go, for parking? A truck belonging to a contractor working on traffic signals blocks the designated bike lane on Gray Street near Brazos Street on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

Photo: Jay R. Jordan / Houston Chronicle

Houston mulls changing weird green parking spots into bike lanes

Bicycling in Houston can be dangerous, to say the least.

Over the last few years, the city implemented special lanes for bikes along some of the busiest thoroughfares in and around downtown, and more are planned elsewhere. But spend a day on two wheels, and you’re bound to come across some driver’s car parked in the middle of one of these bright green bike lanes.

It’s a problem that has plagued bicyclists for just as long as the bike lanes have existed, as first reported by Houston Public Media’s transportation reporter Gail Delaughter.

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As a bicyclist, what’s your recourse? For now, not much. Apparently when the bike lanes were built, no one in charge thought that car drivers would overtake the lanes, let alone stop altogether and force cyclists onto the streets they’re trying to avoid.

Soon, however, drivers who park in bike lanes could face a fine. The city is mulling an ordinance to give bike lane enforcement some teeth, including fines and towing.

Wilson Calvert, who runs the Twitter account @HouStreets, says the ordinance is a step in the right direction.

“It is common sense to me that you shouldn’t park in a bike lane, but it happens so regularly that I rarely go on a ride when the lane isn’t blocked at some point,” Calvert said.

He worries that even if fines are applicable to anyone who parks in the bike lanes, it might take the city some time to respond to complaints.

Only time will tell if bicyclists or drivers prevail in this fight.

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Source : chron.com