D.C. Bicycle Safety Bill Focuses On Driver Awareness | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. Bicycle Safety Bill Focuses On Driver Awareness

Play associated audio
The new cycling law includes heavy penalties for drivers who fail to yield to cyclists.
Katie Harbath: http://www.flickr.com/photos/katieharbath/3733299538/
The new cycling law includes heavy penalties for drivers who fail to yield to cyclists.

As bicycling grows in popularity in D.C., city lawmakers are looking at ways to make two-wheel commuting safer and easier. On Tuesday, Council members Tommy Wells and Mary Cheh introduced the Bicycle Safety Omnibus bill to do just that.

The package of proposalsare quite robust, and focus heavily on improving driver awareness of cyclists in the city streets. Provisions include:

  • The DMV would be required to start testing drivers on their knowledge of sharing the roadways with bikes.
  • Drivers who fail to yield right-of-way to cyclists would face stiff penalties of up to three license points and a $250 fine.
  • Construction companies would be required to create safe detouts for cyclists and pedestrians when their work blocks a bike lane or sidewalk.
  • Cyclists would be expressly permitted to cross intersections following pedestrian crossing signals.


The bill would also remove a section of city law that requires cyclists to have an audible warning device like a bell. The proposal says a loud shout should be enough to give people a heads up.

NPR

Ruth Rendell Dies, Pioneered The Psychological Thriller

The British mystery writer was known for her Inspector Wexford series and in her later years became active in Labour Party politics. NPR's Petra Mayer has this remembrance.
NPR

'Bourbon Empire' Reveals The Smoke And Mirrors Of American Whiskey

A new book suggests that tall tales on craft bourbon labels are the rule rather than the exception. They're just one example of a slew of "carefully cultivated myths" created by the bourbon industry.
NPR

Site Using Candidate Carly Fiorina's Name Attacks Her Record At HP

The site, carlyfiorina.org, says the Republican presidential candidate laid off 30,000 people while she ran Hewlett-Packard. Fiorina does not deny the figure but says, overall, the firm created jobs.
NPR

As Emoji Spread Beyond Texts, Many Remain [Confounded Face] [Interrobang]

There's a growing tendency to bring the tiny hieroglyphs off of phones, but not everyone is fluent. New takes on emoji integration suggest misunderstanding may be remedied with universal translation.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.