Starting next month, the city of Grand Rapids will be ticketing drivers who park in bike lanes. Bike lanes have been here in Grand Rapids since 2010, and as of today, there are 55 miles of bike lanes around the city. That number is increasing all the time.

City commissioners approved an amendment to the General Traffic Regulations Ordinance at a meeting in September. That amendment will allow the GRPD to begin ticketing drivers parked in bike lanes.

Prior to the start of the enforcement, Grand Rapids Police and Parking Services Departments will be placing a sticker on vehicles parked in bike lanes that will explain the change. Volunteers, mostly cyclists, also received stickers to place on cars they find in bike lanes.