NTSB photo by Ivan Cheung via Wikimedia Commons
NTSB photo by Ivan Cheung via Wikimedia Commons

The D.C. Department of Public Works announced this week that beginning Friday, the agency will issue $150 tickets to any motorist improperly using a bike lane.

DPW has increased its bike lane enforcement program by mobilizing 26 new parking enforcement officers and giving the entire PEO team — now nearly 300 strong — the ability to photograph vehicles blocking bike lanes.

“The District’s nearly 90 miles of bike lanes help to expand transportation options and boost connectivity to the city’s vibrant neighborhoods and commercial corridors,” said DPW Director Chris Geldart. “As we enter into the next phase of our bike lane enforcement program, the issuance of tickets will incentivize motorists to help keep lanes clear of obstructions so that bikers can safely share the road with vehicles.”

As of Saturday, violators will receive a $150 printed ticket at the scene or a photo ticket in the mail along with an image showing the bike lane violation.

Tickets can be appealed through the normal adjudication process with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

DPW’s bike lane enforcement program supports Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Vision Zero initiative to end all traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries for road users by 2024.

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