D.C. bike laws: Do district police need a crash course? (#betterbikelaws)


(Stephen Weigand)

The telltale flurry of men and women whizzing down main thoroughfares each morning tell the story: Bicycling is quickly becoming a more reliable way to get from point A to point B in the District.

These days, more than 25 percent of District households do not own a car.. But as more residents take to two wheels, police struggle to pinpoint where the rights of the bicyclist end and where the fault of the four-wheeled driver begins.

The District’s expansion of the city’s bike lane network from three to 50 miles since 2000 unfortunately can mean more right-turn collisions, more “doored” bicyclists and more police citations that tend to place blame on the wrong party.

Ashley Halsey III has the full story, but two key takeaways:The District Police Complaints Board is recommending that D.C. police be better versed before ticketing bicyclists after colliding with a car, and the D.C. Council is considering a measure that would give cyclists the right to take a driver to civil court for harassment, assault or battery. What else should D.C. police consider?

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If you’re part of the growing two-wheeled community in Washington, tell us how you’re helping change the status quo.Is anyone in the District taking matters into their own hands, like this guy in New York? What should police know? Share ideas in the comments below or by using #betterbikelaws on Twitter.

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