This is, sadly, not that unusual
As the 23-year-old D.C. resident rode on the north side of the Capitol, through the parking area along Constitution Avenue, a regular pathway for cyclists, she collided with a car as it turned into a parking spot.
...while Estus sat in the emergency room, a U.S. Capitol Police officer arrived and handed her a speeding ticket.
“I was less than thrilled,” she said. According to Estus, the officer’s explanation for the ticket was, “if I had not been speeding I would have been able to slow down.”
A police report on the April 23 accident said Estus “stated she was traveling too fast to stop.” Estus couldn’t remember what she told police, noting in the interview that “everything was a blur” and that she didn’t believe she exceeded the speed limit. The ticket was ultimately dropped when, according to Estus, the officer failed to appear at a Department of Motor Vehicles hearing, where she contested the ticket.
Rollcall links this incident to Capitol Police, but it happens with MPD too.
The issue of officers who are not as well-versed in D.C. bike laws is prevalent throughout the city, according to biking advocates. The District is home to 26 different law enforcement agencies, which presents a potential challenge to bicyclists who are becoming an increasing presence on D.C. roadways.
“Bicycling has exploded in this city,” said Greg Billing of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. “It’s grown by about 450% in the last decade. … We need the agencies to be more educated on what the current law says.”
Billing said WABA has been working to set up meetings with federal agencies, but has not had much success. He noted it had been at least a year since the group had reached out to the Capitol Police.