Bike, cell phone fine hikes proposed

Now that Evanston has provided protected on-street bike lanes on some downtown streets, the City Council tonight will consider raising the fine for riding bikes on sidewalks in designated business districts.

The proposed increase is from $15 to $25. City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says he hopes the increase will improve compliance with the law.

The aldermen will also consider raising the fine for motorists who use a cell phone while driving from $50 to $75. That change would make the city ordinance violation penalty match the similar provisino in state law.

Comments

How about ticketing the

How about ticketing the bikers for using cellphones while riding and riding with headphones on?

Fines up but any enforcement ?

You can increase stated fines all you want and [the Council] claim you are doing something for public safety but unless you enforce the law, what good does it do ?

Look at all the bikers are downtown sidewalks yet it has been two years since I've seen the police stop anyone--twice I have seen a police car parked on northside of B-K but the officer just reading I emailed the alderman and police chief about this].  It should be like shooting fish in a barrel to ticket bikers on Orrington [even in front of the hotel] and Clark [probably 10 per 1/2 hour past Burger King and the restaurants].

Then even if they do stop a biker do they fine them or warn them ?  If a warning it just shows the person that the laws are not "really" enforced.

 

Contract out bike enforcement ticketing

I would like to ask our city council to hire the Lincoln Towing Company to enforce our bike laws in the city. Let them pay us (as starters say $100,000 a year for this opportunity) with any ticketing over $100,000 as their profit. A few burly guys and girls on bikes from LTC roaming the downtown business district should get the job done.