The DC Council gave preliminary approval of the Bicycle Safety Amendment Act of 2013. I watched the proceedings on the intertubes and it was rather uncontroversial. WAMU kind of has the bill wrong it does not "allow cyclists to cross at pedestrian intersections" as that is already allowed. It allows cyclists to cross when the pedestrian light is green, even if the traffic light is red, which means where there is a PLI that allows peds to start early, cyclists can get a jump as well.
The bill does the following
- Requires an applicant for an operator’s permit to demonstrate knowledge of safely sharing roadways with pedestrians and bicyclists,
- Allows bicyclists to use pedestrian traffic control devices to cross an intersection unless otherwise indicated
- Establishes a requirement that public space permit holders blocking a sidewalk, bicycle lane, or other pedestrian or bicycle path provide a safe accommodation for pedestrians and bicyclists
- Establishes driving record points and civil fines for failure to yield the right-of-way to a bicycle and colliding with a bicycle,
- Removes the requirement for bicycles to have an audible warning device, and where it can be used.