Now that Evanston has provided protected on-street bike lanes on some downtown streets, the City Council tonight will consider raising the fine for riding bikes on sidewalks in designated business districts.

The proposed increase is from $15 to $25. City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says he hopes the increase will improve compliance with the law.

The aldermen will also consider raising the fine for motorists who use a cell phone while driving from $50 to $75. That change would make the city ordinance violation penalty match the similar provisino in state law.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. How about ticketing the

    How about ticketing the bikers for using cellphones while riding and riding with headphones on?

  2. Fines up but any enforcement ?

    You can increase stated fines all you want and [the Council] claim you are doing something for public safety but unless you enforce the law, what good does it do ?

    Look at all the bikers are downtown sidewalks yet it has been two years since I've seen the police stop anyone–twice I have seen a police car parked on northside of B-K but the officer just reading I emailed the alderman and police chief about this].  It should be like shooting fish in a barrel to ticket bikers on Orrington [even in front of the hotel] and Clark [probably 10 per 1/2 hour past Burger King and the restaurants].

    Then even if they do stop a biker do they fine them or warn them ?  If a warning it just shows the person that the laws are not "really" enforced.


    1. Contract out bike enforcement ticketing

      I would like to ask our city council to hire the Lincoln Towing Company to enforce our bike laws in the city. Let them pay us (as starters say $100,000 a year for this opportunity) with any ticketing over $100,000 as their profit. A few burly guys and girls on bikes from LTC roaming the downtown business district should get the job done.

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