A car with a parking ticket is shown to alert residents about not park in bike lanes.

On March 22, 2022, the City Council voted unanimously to amend an ordinance that expands the enforcement of bike lanes being blocked by parked vehicles.

Stopping, standing or parking in bike lanes is already prohibited by city code; however, only Police were able to provide enforcement. This code change makes such an offense a non-moving violation, enabling Parking enforcement staff to issue citations. Read the full ordinance online. 

When a vehicle parks in the bike lane, passing vehicles and cyclists must swerve into the through or center turn-lane to maneuver around them. During peak travel times, drivers and cyclists may have to do this multiple times while traveling the corridor, creating a potentially unsafe situation for cyclists and drivers alike. 

Enforcement staff will provide written warning/citations, accompanied by a flyer containing a QR code that links to a map with available parking options in the area. New signage is posted on Clinton Street to remind drivers that no stopping, standing, or parking is allowed in bike lanes. 

Violators will be assessed a $15 citation, with the potential of having the vehicle towed. Enforcement staff will issue warnings for one week and will then transition to issuing citations.  

Commercial delivery trucks should use the designated parking spots for deliveries. The City created a digital map with those temporary loading zones.

Drivers, including food delivery and rideshare services, should use permitted parking spots or one of the City's six parking ramps.

To learn more, contact Transportation Director Darian Nagle-Gamm at 319-356-5156, or darian-nagle-gamm@iowa-city.org.

Date of publication

Friday, March 25, 2022