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Bike Lane Bounty to Curb Illegally Parked Vehicles


Austin, Texas

Residents in the Texas capital of Austin are being invited to report vehicles illegally blocking bike lanes, to receive a share of the subsequent fine.

A ‘bike lane bounty’ was last month unanimously endorsed by the city’s Urban Transportation Commission to help the city enforce laws on blocking cycling lanes.

According to a report in the Austin Monitor newspaper, the program is inspired by a similar initiative in New Yorks and enables residents to use mobile app to provide photographic evidence of cars obstructing bike lanes.

The person reporting the infraction then receives 25% of the revenue collected by the city for the citation.

The city has a similar program using citizens trained by police to find and cite cars illegally parked in accessible parking spaces.

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