Drivers parked in cycle lanes to be fined from 22nd June

Drivers that park in cycle lanes will be soon be fined, as new legislation is brought in to encourage cycling in the UK.

From 22nd June, local authorities will have the power to use CCTV to identify cars that are illegally parked in cycle lanes, and issue fines up to £70 (£130 in London).

The new law is designed to promote greener travel and make the roads safer for the increased number of people who have taken up cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is hoped that cycling will ease the strain on public transport as more people return to work post-lockdown. An extra 1million cars are soon expected to be on the roads due to the reduced-capacity of public transport.

Rachel Aldred, a professor of transport at Westminster University’s active travel academy, warns that unless local authorities make it significantly easier and more pleasant to cycle to work safely, the percentage of people who drive to work will increase from 60% to 70%.

Other measures recently announced include £225 million for local authorities in England to create pop up cycle lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions, and a bicycle repair scheme to help get neglected bikes back on the road.

Lucinda Herbert

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