Likes Likes:  6
Dislikes Dislikes:  1
ELITE ELITE:  0
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: New 2019 DC Laws Affecting Cyclists

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    VA
    Posts
    363
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default New 2019 DC Laws Affecting Cyclists

    New laws and changes took effect yesterday affecting cyclists and pedestrians safety. Here is a list:

    New laws:
    * Colliding with a pedestrian crossing the roadway with the right-of-way: $150 Fine.
    * Colliding with a pedestrian while riding a bicycle on a sidewalk: $100 Fine.
    * Riding with a headset, headphones, or earplugs covering both ears: $50 Fine.

    Changes to existing laws, mostly increased fines from $25 to $50, and some of the wording:

    * Stopping, standing, or parking a vehicle in a bicycle lane: $150 Fine, was $65.
    * Opening door or permitting door to open on either side that poses danger to a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motor vehicle: $50 Fine, was $25.
    * Carrying objects, including handheld communication devices, which prevent operator from keeping one hand on handle bars: $50 Fine, was $25.
    * Hitching on vehicle: $50 Fine, was $25.
    * Right-of-way, failure to yield: $50 Fine, was $25.
    * Speed, excessive: $50 Fine, was $25.

    For pedestrians only, they increased the fines for walking suddenly into a vehicle path, or not yielding to emergency vehicles to $100, was $10.

    Full list of changes can be found in a DOC file here.

  2. Likes Stevenroy liked this post
  3. #2
    rcannon100's Avatar
    rcannon100 is offline Puppies! Puppies! Puppies! Puppies! Puppies!
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. ~~Samuel Beckett
    Posts
    4,355
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    No worries. DC is a full participant in #EnforcementZero

  4. Likes Steve O, Stevenroy, huskerdont liked this post
  5. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Posts
    17
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by n18 View Post
    * Riding with a headset, headphones, or earplugs covering both ears: $50 Fine.
    Does this apply only in DC streets, or everywhere to include the multi-use paths? If it covers the paths, is there a similar rule/fine for pedestrians?

  6. Likes ursus liked this post
  7. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    MoCo
    Posts
    983
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Depends on the path, I would think. Several are not DC jurisdiction, but NPS. They would have their own usage rules.

  8. #5
    TwoWheelsDC's Avatar
    TwoWheelsDC is offline I really need to log off the internet and go for a ride.
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Capitol Hill
    Posts
    3,656
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben View Post
    Does this apply only in DC streets, or everywhere to include the multi-use paths? If it covers the paths, is there a similar rule/fine for pedestrians?
    Per DC regs on bikes:

    Title 18-1200: This chapter shall apply to all bicycles operated upon all public space in the District of Columbia.
    So the answer to the first question is "yes," and to the second is "no" (which is one reason this rule is stupid).

  9. #6
    rcannon100's Avatar
    rcannon100 is offline Puppies! Puppies! Puppies! Puppies! Puppies!
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. ~~Samuel Beckett
    Posts
    4,355
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    So the answer to the first question is "yes," and to the second is "no" (which is one reason this rule is stupid).
    Except when it doesnt. Most multi use paths in DC are on federal land.

  10. Likes dasgeh liked this post
    Dislikes dasgeh disliked this post

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •