The awkward news/good news is that last December, during the Christmas Wish List, I criticized the rule requiring cyclists to "ride right." Specifically the law in DC read
1201.2 (b) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall travel as closely as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, or as closely as practicable to the left-hand curb or edge of the roadway when on a one-way street.
(1) When overtaking and passing another bicycle or other vehicle proceeding in the same direction;
(2) When preparing for a turn;
(3) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, parking or moving vehicles, vehicle doors that are or may open, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or substandard width lanes that make it unsafe to remain near the curb or edge of the roadway. For purposes of this section, a "a substandard width "lane" means a lane or other area on the roadway that is too narrow for a bicycle and an overtaking vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane. Any lane that is eleven 11 feet wide or less shall be presumed be a substandard width lane for purposes of this subsection;
(4) When necessary to comply with lane use restrictions; or
(5) When necessary for the bicyclist's safety.
So the "news" is that that wasn't the law in December, nor is it now. The law now is much more reasonable
1201.2 A person shall operate a bicycle, sidewalk bicycle or personal mobility device in a safe and non-hazardous manner so as not to endanger himself or herself or any other person.
It's kind of awkward for me to bring your attention to this since the law changed way back in 2006 (thanks former CM Schwartz), but hey, that's great news. Victory for us!
Also, did you know it was illegal - illegal - for anyone except District employees to remove a bicycle that has been locked up? I didn't. So if some business owner threatens to remove your bike, you can tell them to pound sand.
But Maryland and Virginia law still stinks.