Mayor Restricts U-turns To Increase Bike Safety On Penn. Ave. | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Mayor Restricts U-turns To Increase Bike Safety On Penn. Ave.

Play associated audio
Cyclists say the common practice of vehicles making U-turns through the bike lanes in the middle of Pennsylvania Ave NW is a big safety concern. 
Transportation for America: http://www.flickr.com/photos/t4america/4650200414/
Cyclists say the common practice of vehicles making U-turns through the bike lanes in the middle of Pennsylvania Ave NW is a big safety concern. 

District bicyclists who use the bike lanes in the center of Pennsylvania Avenue NW know how dangerous they've become. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced emergy rulemaking to prohibit drivers from making illegal U-turns at all times.

The mayor clarified the existing rule that mid-block U-turns that cross over the bike lanes are illegal on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between the White House and the Capitol, even when cyclists are not there. The bike lanes have been in Pennsylvania Avenue's center median since 2010.

"In 2010 and 2011, 11 of the 14 bike crashes on Pennsylvania Avenue involved vehicles making those U-turns," says Pedro Ribeiro, a spokesman for Gray.

Dave Salovash commutes on his bicycle on Pennsylvania Avenue every morning with his ten-year-old daughter. When he noticed the frequency of the mid-block U-turns, he decided to bring his camera one day.

"So I picked one spot and just stood there for half an hour and counted U-turns made across the bike lanes. I saw about 25 people doing it and managed to get pictures of about 20 of them," Salovash says.

Mid-block U-turns on Pennsylvania Avenue have become one of the biggest safety concerns in the District, says Washington Area Bicyclist Association Director Shane Farthing.

The action takes effect on Dec. 1.

NPR

From Bond Girl To Medicine Woman: Jane Seymour's Big Break

The actress is best known for her role as Dr. Quinn, the physician on the American frontier. But her big break came years before, when she played 007's tarot-reading love interest in Live and Let Die.
NPR

'Into The Wild' Author Tries Science To Solve Toxic Seed Mystery

Jon Krakauer has long been haunted by how Christopher McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness. In a scientific journal, he and a chemist show that the seeds McCandless consumed can contain a toxin.
NPR

5 Things You Should Know About Ben Carson

The pediatric neurosurgeon, who entered the presidential race Sunday night, performed pioneering operations on conjoined twins and hasn't held public office before. Here's what you might not know.
NPR

The Promise And Potential Pitfalls Of Apple's ResearchKit

Apple's new mobile software platform is designed to help collect data for medical research, but concerns have been raised about privacy and informed consent.

Leave a Comment

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