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DC police and transportation departments will conduct a special enforcement effort for biking laws and regulations during the morning commuting hours on March 26th. Consider yourself warned.
March 25, 2012 in Police/Security | Permalink
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Useful summary of applicable laws:
March 25, 2012 at 01:28 PM
In the summary that antibozo cites there is an error. It says: "Every person riding a bicycle on a highway shall be subjects to all duties applicable to drivers of motor vehicles. (1201.1)"
Actually, 1201.1 says: "Every person who propels a vehicle by human power or rides a bicycle on a highway shall have the same duties as any other vehicle operator under this title, except as otherwise expressly provided in this chapter, and except for those duties imposed by this title which, by their nature or wording, can have no reasonable application to a bicycle operator."
Cyclists are subject to the law for vehicles, not motor vehicles.
March 25, 2012 at 02:43 PM
"morning commuting hours"? When do those start? I'm sure I'm at work by whatever time it is, but I'm curious.
March 25, 2012 at 03:41 PM
contrarian, a useful distinction, but i can also see why they would go with more straightforward wording.
Also, i've seen people make the distinction in these discussions between "vehicles" and "motor vehicles", but in the context of this regulation, what do you think the difference is? Like, what is a practical example of the difference?
March 25, 2012 at 03:48 PM
There are three "E"'s, and enforcement is the last. Where is the education? Where is the engineering?
This is PR, not service, and while advocates work on getting MPD etc. on board please remember - if you have a conversation with the constabulary - that this just a show and our part is to say "thank you I promise I'll try to do better".
March 25, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Examples: The cell phone ban only applies to motor vehicles. As does the seat belt law. You can't lose your privilege to operate a motor vehicle for an infraction on a bicycle.
March 25, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Per the dcist article, Arlington supposed to getting into it too. But not this evening, as a car turned in front of me at the 4th mile run/Columbia Pike/W&OD intersection without a turn signal and with a mark Arlington cop car right behind him
March 25, 2012 at 09:52 PM
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