If the city can issue tickets against photos of vehicles breaking the law robotically, why can't it leverage the cycling population to submit pictures of cars, trucks, and taxi cabs parked and/or stopped in lanes designated for cycle traffic - and issue tickets against those as well?
A pilot program seems likely to attract dozens of eager volunteers. It would raise awareness about the issue, and if it were successful, it would help keep Rage Cagers out of the bike lanes and in the streets, where they belong.
Crazy talk? Sick fantasy? Or FREE municipal revenue generator?
I like the orange ticket idea :) . I wish we could guarantee that all cab drivers can read...English.
Btw, for the rest of us:
Chi Lowe 12.5+ mi said:
Oh mai. Fake tickets is genius. Official-looking Orange envelope, but inside it says "This isn't a ticket, but it could be. Please don't park in the BIKE ROAD".
Julie Hochstadter said:
Maybe they could do this robotically....If a car is stopped in a certain place for more than 3 minutes a picture is taken and they get a ticket sent to them.
Another idea is make up fake tickets (obviously fake, but with a real orange envelope) and we cyclists stick them on the front of their windows as a warning....
Hmmm, lets say for example 2 or more Chainlinkers took pics of the offender and sent them along to this site tagged with the proper information so that they end up in the same folder. Then let's say we had some sort of automated complaint system that forwarded this evidence to the appropriate municipal service. I guess what I'm suggesting is that we create something akin to the automated traffic light ticketing system until the city steps up to do it for us. Maybe the Chainlink could get a cut of the revenue as well.
Let's say the Chainlink put up some ads along the Dearborn bike lane making this known. Maybe spend some of that donation money on advertising.
Chi Lowe 12.5+ mi said:
In an age of ubiquitous camera phones, crowdsourcing reporting of violations to the people affected by it - cyclists - makes sense. Subject their submissions to the same standards as the red light cameras: 3 pictures, one of the plate.Viola - drivers learn super-fast to stay out of the bike lane, and the city gets FREE revenue.
The "Active Citizens Ticket Brigade" idea sounds like a bunch of neighborhood busy bodies that think they should be able to dictate the lives of everyone around them. I would actively oppose such legislation.
And yes, never going to survive legal challenge. Oh, and how long till one of the busy bodies gets shot for pissing someone off?
Back to the "fake" ticket idea. That would be cool.
I've also thought about getting a 100 of the Sticker Junkie Monkey stickers that say
"I loiter in bike lanes..." and slapping them on the back of offending vehicles. Wonder how long it would take before the driver noticed it was there?
Reminds me too much of: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwEvysDpNm0