Also this month, DDOT released a report analyzing bicycle and pedestrian crash records for the last two years, which concluded that the intersections of 14th & U Streets NW and 16th Street & New Hampshire Ave NW are among the most dangerous for bicyclists in the city.
My colleague Kishan Putta and I led several public safety listening sessions in 2012 before we were elected as Commissioners. One of those, in September, was specifically on bicycle safety in the neighborhood. We heard about issues concerning bicycle lanes, signage, bicycling on sidewalks, and pedestrian safety.
At our March 13 ANC meeting, I will introduce a resolution in support of the bill and make several suggestions to clarify its intent and language. The bill, DDOT report and draft resolution are available below.
BE IT RESOLVED that ANC 2B supports the passage of the “Bicycle Safety Amendment Act of 2013” with the following recommendations:
1. New laws governing the actions of drivers and bicyclists are only effective if properly enforced; the City Council must fund and direct the Metropolitan Police Department to increase traffic enforcement efforts as part of the normal duties of all of its officers and increase ongoing traffic enforcement training.
2. The City Council must include language in the law that more clearly defines the term “safe accommodation” as it relates to the proposed requirement for construction projects blocking sidewalks and bicycle lanes. More clarity is important to avoid unintended regulatory flexibility that could result in unsafe accommodations. That definition must include requirements to protect and cover pedestrians and that the accommodations not be unduly burdensome.