A couple of new laws are working their way (or not) through the system here in DC. The first is an amendment to the failure to yield to pedestrians law (aka the Novak Law) to increase the fine for blocking a bike lane to $75. As GGW points out the amendment was withdraw in the face of opposition, but Tommy Wells plans to reintroduce it in September.
Councilmembers Harry Thomas, Jr. (ward 5) and Chairman Vincent Gray weren't ready to go along. Thomas feels we need thorough national research to determine the proper fine (actually, NYC charges $115, San Francisco $100, Chicago $150). Gray objected because drivers could receive two tickets, for double parking and blocking a bike lane, even though drivers can get two tickets for other infractions where they break two laws.
A second act, The Bicycle Policy Modernization Amendment Act of 2007 has passed (not sure if I mentioned this). It updates the Bicycle Advisory Council membership and some language
To amend the District of Columbia Comprehensive Bicycle Transportation and Safety Act of 1984 to provide for a smaller District of Columbia Bicycle Advisory Council with government representatives drawn from agencies more relevant to the District of Columbia Bicycle Advisory Council’s mission and appointed by the agency directors, and to reflect the transfer of the Office of Bicycle Transportation and Safety from the Department of Public Works to the District Department of Transportation.
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