FINES issued for vehicles parking in cycle lanes have more than doubled in the first six months of the year.
From January to June this year, 129 fines have been issued — compared to 64 in the same period in 2018 and 63 in 2017.
The information was revealed in a report delivered to councillors, which was requested by the Green Party’s Lorna Bogue.
“The figures show 2.4 fines are being issued per week. If I stepped outside the door [of City Hall] I could probably slap down a few fines myself,” Ms Bogue said.
City Hall director of operations, Sean Lynch, said: “Enforcement in respect of illegal parking is undertaken by An Garda Síochana and Cork City Council.
“The system deployed by Cork City Council is a fixed charge penalty notice issued by traffic wardens.
“This system applies to various forms of illegal parking including footpaths, cycle lanes, set downs, disabled parking bays and operates six days a week, Monday to Saturday, and is primarily focused on locations with high demand in the central business district as well as responding to complaints across the city.”
Mr Bogue asked if there was a service level agreement in place for issuing fines.
City Hall director of roads and transport Gerry O’Beirne replied: “The service is not provided by a contractor through a service level agreement. It is provided by traffic wardens and the performance is monitored as anybody in employment would be. In regards to An Garda Síochana, we don’t have a function to monitor that.
“We follow up on all complaints that are received,” Mr O’Beirne added.
Cycling has risen faster than any other transport mode in Cork over the last decade but parking in cycling lanes is regularly raised by city councillors and at the Joint Policing Forum.
The Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy for 2040 has plans to develop a 200km cycle network around Cork with 19.5m annual trips that have the potential to take 56,000 car trips off its roads.