Stiffer fines for sidewalk cyclists, double-parkers delayed

Double-parking motorists and sidewalk bicyclists are getting a reprieve — at least temporarily — from stiffer fines.

Citations for both illegal offenses were set to increase Tuesday — from $50 to $100 for cyclists, and from $80 to $100 for motorists. However, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors, which governs all cyclists and motorists in The City, elected to delay a motion to approve to the penalty hikes.

SFMTA board director Jerry Lee said the vote should be held off until the agency collects more data on how often these infractions occur. He said he had concerns about arbitrarily raising citations.

“I don’t want to raise the penalties just for the sake of raising them,” Lee said.

Due to Lee’s objections, the SFMTA board opted to delay action on the citation increase proposal. It will come back before the board at a later date.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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