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File #: 17-0019    Version: 0 Name: Bike Lanes - Increased Parking Penalties
Type: Ordinance Status: Enacted
File created: 2/6/2017 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 8/23/2017
Enactment #: 17-041
Title: Bike Lanes - Increased Parking Penalties For the purpose of allowing for the towing of vehicles in properly marked and designated bike lanes; increasing the fine for parking or standing in a bike lane; and generally relating to bike lanes.
Sponsors: Eric T. Costello, President Young, Ryan Dorsey, Brandon M. Scott, Bill Henry, Sharon Green Middleton, Edward Reisinger, Zeke Cohen
Indexes: Bike Lanes, Increases, Parking
Attachments: 1. 17-0019~1st Reader, 2. Law 17-0019, 3. DOT 17-0019, 4. Police 17-0019, 5. 17-0019~3rd Reader
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
9/11/20170 Mayor Signed by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/14/20170 City Council Approved and Sent to the Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/17/20170 City Council 3rd Reader, for final passage  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/17/20170 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Recommended Favorably  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/26/20170 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Recommended FavorablyPass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/20/20170 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/20/20170 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Reschedule Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/19/20170 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/12/20170 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Worksession  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/10/20170 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Worksession  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/9/20170 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Conducted Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/24/20170 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/9/20170 The City Council Refer to City Solicitor  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/9/20170 The City Council Refer to Dept. of Transportation  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/9/20170 The City Council Refer to Police Department  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/6/20170 City Council Assigned  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/6/20170 City Council Introduced  Action details Meeting details Not available

Explanation: Capitals indicate matter added to existing law.

[Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.

 

                     * Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.

                     The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.

                     Introductory*

 

                     City of Baltimore

                     Council Bill          

                                                                                                                                                           

Introduced by: Councilmember Costello

                                                                                                                                                           

 

                     A Bill Entitled

 

An Ordinance concerning

title

Bike Lanes - Increased Parking Penalties

For the purpose of allowing for the towing of vehicles in properly marked and designated bike lanes; increasing the fine for parking or standing in a bike lane; and generally relating to bike lanes.

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By repealing and reordaining, without amendments

Article 31 - Transit and Traffic

Section(s) 31-7(b)

Baltimore City Code

(Edition 2000)

 

By adding

Article 31 - Transit and Traffic

Section(s) 31-109

Baltimore City Code

(Edition 2000)

 

By repealing and reordaining, with amendments

Article 31 - Transit and Traffic

Section(s) 36-4 and 36-6

Baltimore City Code

(Edition 2000)

 

Section 1.  Be it ordained by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, That the Laws of Baltimore City read as follows:

 

                     Baltimore City Code

 

                     Article 31.  Transit and Traffic

 

                     Subtitle 31Clear Streets and Impoundment

 

                     Part 2.  General Conditions Warranting Impoundment

 

 

§ 31-7.  Vehicles illegally parked, etc.

 

(b)  Removal of vehicles - Impounding areas.

 

(1)                     In the impounding areas designated in Part 7 of this subtitle, the Department of Transportation shall post conspicuous signs warning the public of the restricted hours and bearing the statement “Cars Towed Away” or “Tow Away Zone”.

 

(2)                     In an impounding area in which the required signs have been clearly posted, the Police Commissioner may cause vehicles that are illegally parked, standing, or stopped to be removed and impounded.

 

                     Part 7.  Impounding Areas

 

§ 31-109.  Bike lanes.

 

Within any bike lane designated by the Director pursuant to § 20-3 {“Designation of bike lanes”} of this article.

 

                     Subtitle 36Parking, etc., Fines, Penalties, and Procedures

 

§ 36-4.  $250 fines.

 

(1)                     Parking or standing a noncommercial vehicle of more than 20,000 pounds gross weight or a commercial vehicle of 20,000 pounds or less gross vehicle weight in violation of § 6-26(b) {“Stopping by residence”} of this article is punishable by a fine of $250.

 

(2)                     Obstructing or impeding the free flow of traffic within an intersection or a marked crosswalk or by a commercial vehicle is punishable by a fine of $250.

 

(3)                     Parking, stopping, or standing in a manner that obstructs or impedes the free flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic along a block face abutting or immediately across the street from the grounds of a building used as a public or private kindergarten, elementary school, or secondary school, on any school day between the hours of 7 a.m and 9 a.m. or between the hours of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., is punishable by a fine of $250.

 

(4)                     Parking or standing a camping trailer, mobile home, motor home, or travel trailer in violation of § 6-29(b) {“Camping trailers, mobile homes, motor homes and travel trailers: Stopping by residence”} of this article is punishable by a fine of $250.

 

(5)                     Parking or standing in a bike lane in violation of § 20-5 {“Parking restrictions”} of this article is punishable by a fine of $250.

 

 36-6.  $75 fines.

 

(1)                     Parking on a Snow Emergency Route in violation of § 6-15 {“Snow emergency routes”} of this article is punishable by a fine of $75.

 

(2)                     Obstructing or impeding the movement of pedestrians is punishable by a fine of $75.

 

(3)                     Standing within 15 feet of a fire plug or fire hydrant in violation of § 6-6(a) {“Fire hydrants”} of this article is punishable by a fine of $75.

(4)                     Stopping in front of or opposite a fire engine house in violation of § 6-6(c) {“Engine houses”} of this article is punishable by a fine of $75.

 

(5)                     Stopping or parking in a transit stop is punishable by a fine of $75.

 

(6)                     Parking or standing a noncommercial vehicle of more than 20,000 pounds gross weight or a commercial vehicle of 20,000 pounds or less gross weight in violation of § 6-26(c) {“Nighttime hours”} of this article is punishable by a fine of $75.

 

[(7) Parking or standing in a bike lane in violation of § 20-5 {“Parking restrictions”} of this article is punishable by a fine of $75.]

 

Section 2.  And be it further ordained, That the catchlines contained in this Ordinance are not law and may not be considered to have been enacted as a part of this or any prior Ordinance.

 

Section 3.  And be it further ordained, That this Ordinance takes effect on the 30th day after the date it is enacted.