Since the start of the school year I have noticed a significant increase in the number of parents illegally dropping of their kids in active bike lanes this year. I was wondering if anyone else had noticed this.
One particular location which has been a problem this year is in the bike lane along Grand Junction Rd outside St Paul's College, Gilles Plains where there are always cars dropping off a kids in the morning when I go past. Apart from the hazard for general cyclists, they would be a hazard for any students riding to the School.
In this case, I intend to contact the School in the first instance to ask them to let parents know that they should not be dropping kids off in a bike lane as it is both illegal and creates a hazard. I will also let them know that if it continues, they will be reported to police with possible fines and demerit point applying.
That's why I intend to ask the School to let parents know first to give them a chance to correct their behavior.
At the end of the day though, cyclists have families and motorists who deliberately break the law and put them at risk for their own convenience should not be allowed to continue to do so without consequences.
Yes definitely. I regularly inflict the Advertiser readers comments on myself and I find it a complete mystery that some people who comment there can't see that if you don't want to pay a fine you just have to drive less than the speed limit!
I have seen the police in school zones with speed cameras though so I don't see any reason they would hold of booking in parents for parking in bike lanes.
Same thing here from Pembroke where our youngest goes. I really liked the reminders that you are not to park in the driveways of the houses neighbouring the school!
I think you will find the school will try and sort it if you contact them. It can't be that safe for the kids who are being dropped off.
I don't really know Grand junction rd that well, all I know it's busy. Does the school have ample parking spots or are people trying to save a few minutes ?
I personally would turn a blind eye to parents dropping of kids in a bike lane, its a tough call due to the fact that I am involved in a drop of a few times a week (not in a bike lane though). The other side of the coin is that it sucks when you ride down a very busy road and some clown is parked in the bike lane and you have take a deep breath and duck around them, Marion rd sucks sometimes .