Continue #bikeTO bike lane ticket blitz with PEO Kyle Ashley
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JUL 3, 2017 -- The cycling community in Toronto has benefited massively from the efforts of Kyle Ashley, a social media parking enforcement officer with Toronto Police Services who has been enthusiastically ticketing vehicles parked illegally in the bike lanes.
Until his "bike lane blitz," vehicles, including corporate trucks, were clogging the bike lanes, confidently and cockily parking for as long as they liked, insulting cyclists who asked them to move. This appears to be changing due to PEO Ashley's efforts, and cyclists are noticing they are experiencing clear bike lanes. When they don't, sending a tweet to PEO Ashley often results in an empathetic response and a ticket for the offender.
"The bike lane blitz is scheduled to end on July 7, (2017) and then Ashley will no longer be focused only on bike lane enforcement," according to a report in "Next City." https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/toronto-bike-lane-blocking-tickets-parking-enforcement-officer-twitter
[Editor's note: Bike lane blitz indeed ended on July 7, please read updates beneath this petition.]
Not only has PEO Ashley ticketed a remarkable number of vehicles -- once tagging six illegally parked cars in two minutes in bike lanes on Shuter Street, a few feet from a city parking lot -- he has also provided helpful public service announcements and tips.
Using enthusiasm, humor, wit and irony, he has helped the cycling community work together with the police and the city by pointing out potential dangers in places where the bike lane infrastructure needs improvement.
The city can not only make money from the ticket fines, but can also save money on costly infrastructure if drivers start behaving with more courtesy, less rage and stop parking in the bike lanes, putting cyclist safety at risk. The bike lane infrastructure is not perfect and needs improvements, but courteous driving can help in many places.
Kyle Ashley really understands what cyclists are going through in the city and has given the cycling community hope that one day bike lanes will be respected. He attends cycling events and meets with people personally during his shift to discuss safety issues and concerns. He also discusses specific areas of concern via social media.
We want PEO Ashley to remain as social media PEO. We think he is the best person suited to improve and maintain positive community relations with the police and the city.
Vote to keep PEO Ashley and the bike lane blitz permanent.
"Picture shows PEO Ashley on the right, after issuing a ticket to a Pepsi delivery truck." via @TPS_ParkingPal's Twitter account.
Toronto Star story:
"Parking enforcement officer takes to two wheels to zap lane invaders" https://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2017/06/15/parking-enforcement-officer-takes-to-twitter-and-two-wheels-to-zap-bike-lane-invaders.html
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