At last night's Bicycle Advisory Council meeting, the BAC unanimously voted to support WABA's proposed Anti-Harassment/Assault bill. Perhaps surprisingly, AAA beat them to it.
John Townsend, spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic, said [opposition] won't likely come from the region's vehicle lobby, though. "[Cyclists are] a burgeoning part of our commuting population, and they have the full rights and access on our roadways. They should be free from harassment," he told DCist. "None of us like being harassed, no matter what mode of transportation."
The key part of the law would be the provision for capturing attorney's fees.
the biking organization says it wants to "creates a civil right of action for an assaulted cyclist. And, importantly, it provides for attorneys fees if the cyclist-plaintiff prevails — thereby providing an incentive for attorneys to represent the victim."
In other Committee news:
- The Office of Planning presented information on its "Sustainable DC" initiative which started this month. It will include working groups on several subjects including Transportation. The effort will produce overall goals and metrics but not specific policy. The planning will last through the spring.
- The BAC will request a report on the status of the truck safety requirements included in the Bicycle Safety Enhancement Act and the report that was to be created as part of the
- The facilities committee discussed the Far NE Livibility Study. Because that part of Ward 7 has a poor street grid, cyclists are forced onto heavy arterials with no bike facility and low bicycle level of service. But the livibility study has no substantive plans to improve this. The BAC may submit comments.
- Earlier this month, members of the BAC and the Pedestrian Advisory Committee met with DDOT and their contractors to discuss the Broad Branch redesign. So far they've come up with more than a dozen design proposals, and participants at the meeting came up with two more. Originally, the prevailing design was for a sidewalk to be included on the downhill side, and a bike lane on the uphill side. Cyclists would ride in the traffic lane going downhill when their speed could better match that of cars. Sharrows, signage and mirrors would help downhill cyclists. But PAC members suggested putting the sidewalk between the climbing lane and the creek, to give them more separation. Either way, the road will remain a two-way road. Another suggestion from that meeting was to install speed cameras. The next public input opportunity is later this autumn.
- DDOT is aware that the sidewalk along the 15th street cycletrack has been closed near the Treasury building by the Secret Service. This is encouraging pedestrians to walk in the cycletrack which is potentially unsafe. A public space inspector has gone to see if they have permits to close the sidewalk, but DDOT was unsure of the results of that inspection.