Dedicated Bicycle Lane Ordinance
The No Parking in Dedicated Bicycle Lane Ordinance prohibits on-street parking of motor vehicles in dedicated bicycle lanes. A dedicated bicycle lane is a portion of the roadway separated from vehicle traffic with striping and/or physical barriers for the exclusive use of bicyclists.
The violation has a $100 fine. City Council approved the parking violation on October 14, 2020.
When the Houston Bike Plan was adopted in 2017, the City committed to making Houston a safer, more accessible, bike-friendly city by 2027. Approval of the No Parking in a Bicycle Lane ordinance supports the Bike Plan, protects the City’s investment in the bikeway infrastructure and supports the City’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.
Bicycle Friendly Driver Training Course
If you receive a citation for parking in a dedicated bicycle lane, you have the opportunity to take the Bicycle Friendly Driver Training Class in lieu of paying the fine. The class is designed to teach the best practices in considering the road safety of bicyclists and other non-motorists on shared rights-of-way.
To request the training, a parking hearing must be held within 30 days of the citation issue date. Hearings are held online or in person. An appointment is not required. Visit How to Resolve a Parking Citation for more information on requesting a hearing.
Proof of completion of the training must be submitted to ParkHouston by the date on the hearing record. Proof can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to ParkHouston, 2020 McKinney, Houston, TX. 77003.
Dedicated Bicycle Lane Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a dedicated bicycle lane?
A: This is a portion of the roadway that is separated from motor vehicle traffic with striping or other physical barriers. The separated portion of the roadway is for the exclusive use of bicyclists.
Q: Can I park my car on the bicycle lane for just a few minutes to drop off a package?
A: No. The lane is for the exclusive use of bicyclists. For some dedicated bicycle lanes, there is parking available next to the bicycle lane. In some situations, the vehicle will need to park on another street or in private parking.
Q: Will a “No Parking” or “Bicycle Only” sign be posted?
A: No. The bicycle lane is separated from the vehicle traffic lanes by striping or a physical barrier. See attached flyer. You may also visit www.houstonparking.org for more information.
Q: When does this ordinance go into effect?
A: While the ordinance will go into effect immediately, ParkHouston will issue warnings for a 90-day period. After 90 days, vehicles parked in dedicated bicycle lane will be subject to citation.
Q: What is the fine for this citation?
A: $100 is the base fine. After 30 days, if the citation is not resolved, a delinquent fine of $50 is assessed. If the citation remains unresolved after 90 days, it is assessed a 30% fee and transferred to the collections agency. Total due after 90 days can be up to $195.
Q: I didn’t realize I parked in the bicycle lane. What are my options?
A: All parking violation citations may be appealed to an administrative hearing officer. For bicycle lane violation citations, the violator can request to take the bicycle safety course in lieu of paying the $100 fine. This request must be made within 30 days of the issuance of the citation, and the course must be completed within 90 days. You may request an online hearing by visiting us online or you may visit 1400 Lubbock in person for a hearing. Hearings are held on a first-come, first-served basis, Mon-Fri, 8 am to 10 pm and Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm.
Q: I can’t afford to pay the fine. What are my options?
A: If this is a first-time violation, you may see a hearing officer and request the Bicycle Safety Course option in lieu of paying the fine. The Hearing Officer will provide you with the information for the online course. Proof of completion must be submitted to the ParkHouston office within 90 days of visiting the hearing officer. Proof can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to ParkHouston, 2020 McKinney, Houston, TX. 77003.
Q. How do I report a Dedicated Bicycle Lane violation?
A. Dedicated Bicycle Lane violations can be reported by calling 311 or submitting them online (http://www.houstontx.gov/311/traffic_streets_drainage.html). Please provide the street, block number and time of day.