Calgary

Speeding cyclists will be ticketed, bylaw office says

After a month of warnings, bylaw officers will now begin to crack down on Calgary cyclists found speeding or passing people without warning on pathways.

After a month of warnings, bylaw officers will now begin to crack down on Calgary cyclists found speeding or passing people without warning on pathways.

Bylaw officers spent June and July handing out brochures and free bells as part of an education campaign in response to complaints about unsafe cycling practices on the city's pathways.

They issued more than 300 warnings to cyclists for travelling at speeds exceeding the 20-km/h posted speed limit and for failing to warn other pathway users when passing, Bill Bruce, the city's director of animal and bylaw services, said Thursday.

But the campaign now moves into enforcement where officers will use a laser gun to record speeds and will be issuing $50 tickets for speeding on a pathway.

"Our pathways are designed for multiuse and all users have a responsibility to comply with the bylaws that were designed to keep Calgarians safe," said Bruce.

He said children and seniors have been hurt, and dogs have been killed, by cyclists hurtling down the pathways.

Bylaw officers will be out on city pathways until the end of October.