Painting projects have been taking place across the city lately on curbs and pathways. Blue paint is being applied to curbs to help stop able-bodied drivers from parking in handicapped zones. Double yellow lines are appearing on pathways to show no-passing zones.
The double yellow lines have been painted in sections near steep hills, blind corners, pathway intersections and sharp curves. The idea behind the lines is to reduce the chances of a collision taking place in areas that are deemed to be high risk. If you're out taking a stroll or riding your bike close to the Glenmore Reservoir or on the northern section of the Bow River Pathway, you'll notice these new lines.
The blue paint appearing on curbs shows that a parking spot is for handicapped motorists only. Many people park in these spots simply because they are unaware that they are for handicapped individuals only. With the blue paint applied, it's easier to distinguish these separate areas and avoid a ticket.
So far, according to the Calgary Parking Authority, tickets have been reduced by 75% in 9 zones downtown where this blue paint appears on the curbs. In these downtown areas, up to 100 tickets are often issued per month in each zone. Since the blue paint has been added, the ticket count has been reduced to approximately 24 per zone. This is also good news for people that are handicapped and are frustrated to see their designated parking being used by able-bodied individuals.
If you're out and about, keep your eyes open for these new paint lines in yellow and blue. The yellow lines will help keep you safe while the blue lines will help you avoid a hefty parking ticket.