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Should Ann Arbor offer bounty for reporting drivers blocking bike lanes?

Should Ann Arbor offer bounty for reporting drivers blocking bike lanes?

An Amazon delivery truck parked in the First Street bikeway in downtown Ann Arbor on Oct. 26, 2022. ANN ARBOR, MI — The ongoing issue…

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An Amazon delivery truck parked in the First Street bikeway in downtown Ann Arbor on Oct. 26, 2022. ANN ARBOR, MI — The ongoing issue of cars and trucks parking in and blocking downtown Ann Arbor bikeways has led local cycling advocates to propose a new idea.

It’s become such a problem that several residents have suggested Ann Arbor should institute a “bike lane bounty” similar to what was recently proposed in New York City to go after scofflaws and reward citizens who report them.

The general idea is cyclists and other citizens could stop and take photos of blocked bike lanes, submit photographic evidence to the city and be rewarded with a percentage of the resulting ticket fines drivers would have to pay.

“New Yorkers who submit evidence of a parking violation can earn 25% of a proposed $175 ticket,” Bloomberg reported.

The Urban Transportation Commission in Austin, Texas, also unanimously endorsed the idea there in June. An Amazon delivery truck parked in the First Street bikeway in downtown Ann Arbor on Oct. 26, 2022. It’s modeled after another New York program, the Citizens Air Complaint Program , that allows New Yorkers to file complaints about commercial trucks and buses violating the city’s anti-idling laws and receive 25% of resulting tickets.

Some New Yorkers have found that’s an easy way to make quick cash and at least one has reportedly made tens of thousands of dollars from reporting violations, noted Matt Grocoff, who is among the Ann Arbor cycling advocates who’ve circulated […]

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