Heads Up – Cyclists Getting Ticketed around 18th and M St, NW

Photo from previous bike ticketing on 11th Street, NW

Ed. Note: Yes cyclists should obey the law. Yes, drivers should drive the speed limit. Having said that – heads up!

Thanks to a reader for sending word:

“yesterday and today a cop has been stopping as many cyclists as he could and (presumably) giving them tickets/citations.

riding against the flow (it’s a one-way street), running red lights, riding on the sidewalk, etc.

not sure.

but he has stopped dozens and dozens of folks.”

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  • VERY happy to hear that one-way violators are getting tickets! I live on 17th and have had many near pedestrian-bike collisions from people traveling the wrong way.

    • +1. Going the wrong way is dangerous to everyone. I think “contra flow” bike lanes are a problem in themselves, and also perpetuate bad behavior on other roads, but not everyone agrees with me on that one…

    • Agreed – as a regular cyclist around here, I am VERY happy to see people ticketed for going the wrong way. It’s insanely dangerous, ESPECIALLY when it’s done in the bike lane!

      • Agree. If you’re going to ride the wrong way in the street, why not do it on the other side of the road, not in the bike lane, the place cyclists going the right way are most likely going to be. Then it’s a game of chicken.

  • No sympathy for the salmoners and red light runners, but is riding on the sidewalk actually illegal there? Was under the impression it’s only illegal in the “downtown” area.

    • Yes, that intersection is in the Central Business District. Here’s a helpful map.


      • Brainfart on my part- I had opened the link, forgot what the title of the story was, and only saw references to 11th and M. 18th and M is definitely downtown and it’s illegal.

    • 18th and M is definitely downtown. Golden Triangle, anyway.

    • 10. Is it legal to ride on the sidewalk?
      While not recommended safe cycling practice in
      most instances, DC code states that cyclists are
      allowed to ride on the sidewalk as long as they are
      outside the central business district (CBD). The
      CBD is bounded by 2nd Street NE and SE, D Street
      SE and SW, 14th Street SW and NW, Constitution
      Ave NW, 23rd Street NW, and Massachusetts Ave

      Within the CBD, bicycling is allowed on lands
      under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service
      including places like Lafayette Park, Farragut
      Square Park, the National Mall and Dupont Circle.
      However, if cyclists do ride on the sidewalk they
      must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.

      Google DC Bike Law pocket guide. Has a ton of useful info regarding bikes and traffic laws.

    • I am not sure it is but I think it should be especially if the roads in the area have designated bike lanes like they do around the H St NE area. I’ve had to jump off the sidewalk several times due to this. most of the time it is lazy cyclists who do not want to have to ride around the block in order to avoid a one way street.

      • says the person not on the bicycle. Its super easy to generalize! Some one way streets are tough to get around because of really bad biking infrastructure. For instance, the stretch of G St NE between 13th and Maryland, where the contraflow lane ends/veers off to the right. What if your destination is just past where the contraflow lane ends? trying to get around it without taking the sidewalk for a little bit means either riding on H with the streetcar tracks or going several blocks out of the way mostly on streets with no bike infrastructure at all.

        • Or dismounting and walking your bike on the sidewalk? That seems to be the easiest, safest, and most direct route.

  • I would be all for this if I ever saw a cop in DC enforcing a traffic law for a car downtown, but I haven’t yet

    • Saw a cop pull over a red-light runner yesterday at 15th and K, actually. It actually happens, despite what the GGW crowd claims.

    • +a million. also include commuter buses that regularly block the box and don’t yield for pedestrians.

    • agreed. i’m all for improving the behavior of fellow cyclists, but it seems odd to focus on this rather than the (arguably) more dangerous lack of traffic enforcement in a lot of intersections downtown.

    • Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. I got pulled over at Mass and 12th for “blocking the box” because of a traffic issue. Yes. I undoubtedly was blocking the box. No, I don’t think I could have avoided it. Yes, I got ticketed.

      • Mass and 12th is a real problem when folks block the box, and ticketing there is somewhat frequent, especially on summer evenings (from what I’ve seen). It is completely avoidable — slow down and wait your turn, don’t enter the intersection unless you can fully cross the intersection.

        • Get over yourself, I was avoiding a police officer out of her car out of respect and safety.

        • Tsar of Truxton

          I don’t know anything about this intersection, but one thing that pisses me off to no end is when I sit on one side of the intersection waiting for it to clear on the other side and people continually turn right into the lane that is full, preventing it from every clearing. There needs to be more no turn on red signs during rush hour. If someone has a green and isn’t entering the intersection so as to not block it, you should not be turning right on red. Also, there should be no left turns from 6th (or really any other two lane road where you need to cross two lanes to make the left) during rush hour. It clogs everything up (especially at NY Ave or Mass Ave).

          • This is a city. At least in the Central Business District, the rule should be no turn on red unless there is a sign saying otherwise.

          • agreed. I don’t think anything is more effective than a (capable) Traffic Control Officer in these situations because on the other hand sometimes not being able to turn on red creates other problems..

        • +1
          I don’t understand how people can accidentally block the box. Is there enough room for your entire vehicle in the lane on the other side of the intersection? No? Then don’t enter the intersection. If that means you can’t make it through the light that time around, so be it. Aggressive driving and impatience are the only ostensible reasons someone would end up blocking the box.

          • Also, DuPont Resident, did that paper thin excuse hold up in court?

          • Actually there is a very easy way to accidentally end up blocking the box: someone else pulls in front of you after you’ve started pulling into the intersection. When it happens to me it’s someone who changes lanes in front of you or someone who makes a right turn on red in front of you. This doesn’t explain most of the box-blocking I see but it’s happened to me enough times.

          • PDleftMtP

            Krampus is right. That happens all the time. There are plenty of people who block the box because they’re jerks, but people also force other people to block the box because they’re jerks.

    • brookland_rez

      That’s what the cameras are for. They have block the box cameras, speed cameras, and other cameras throughout downtown. Cameras don’t catch bicycles.

    • It’s been years (the Fenty era), but I once got a ticket for blocking the box. Sounds like a similar thing where they were just flagging people over every light cycle. I was annoyed then, but now that I’m a stuffy old homeowner I wish I’d see that again.

  • Giant props to the cop who’s doing this. I may go say thanks. I have five too-close encounters with cyclists for every one I have with a car.

  • Excellent! Hopefully MPD can also return to enforcing the stop signs on 11 at V and W. My fellow cyclists blow through the signs with alarming regularity notwithstanding people in the crosswalks.

    • +1
      They’re pretty egregious. An idiot on a BikeShare nearly ran into my scooter today as he ran the red at Euclid/11th while I was trying to make a right onto 11th during my green light.
      “But I’m trying to keep up the downhill momentum….blahblahblah….”

    • Yes! I turn onto 11th from W most mornings and so many cyclists just blow through the intersection without even taking a look.

      • Well, I’m the one stopped and yelling “stop sign!” at the idiots blowing through it. You wouldn’t believe the horrible responses I get. So many selfish and entitled people. Maybe I should start posting videos of my commutes….

    • I am pretty sure the District could overcome its budget gap if it ticketed bikers on 11th between Florida and U Sts for two solid weeks.

    • I yield at the stop signs between Florida and U, but I don’t come to a complete stop. Mainly because if I do come to a complete stop, then I’m slow enough that the cars behind me will pass me dangerously. The drivers in that stretch of road are awful to cyclists.

  • Are they also ticketing all the vans that park in the M Street bike lane?

    • I see tickets on those delivery and construction vehicles all the time. I believe the companies just consider it a cost of doing business.

      • Do they ticket the Capital Bikeshare vans that block both the bike lanes and the regular lanes of traffic, plus park in crosswalks, on a daily basis?

        • If you write to Bikeshare when you see this, they will try to correct it with the driver ASAP. I’ve reported bikeshare vans blocking the L Street cycletrack before.

      • News to me — I usually bike on M Lane on the weekends and the drivers (if they’re using the lane as a drop off/loading point) are just mean and misogynists.

        • I can’t say anything about the personality of the drivers who block that lane. But chances are, if you’re biking the right direction, you’re not looking back at their windshields, so you’re not seeing the tickets. I walk that stretch several times most days, and I assure you, they get lots of tickets. It doesn’t seem to have a deterrent effect. So I assume the distribution companies that own the trucks are cool with it.

          • It’s just a cost of business. If anything, it lowers the tax burden on the company’s income.

  • Perhaps bike cops should ticket bike riders. It would police cars free for better usage, and given the collective girth of the MPD, they could use the exercise.

    • The problem with that is that the cops would come to learn WHJY cyclists do Idaho’s and we would not want that.

  • Maybe they sould put a cop on the corner of Massachusets and Wisconsin. Since CARS there dont obey traffic laws and don’t allow pedestrians to cross at that crosswalk withought nearly being killed on a daily basis. Just saying…

  • justinbc

    Yeah! And down with the jaywalkers too! Law and order for all!

    • Once in foggy bottom I was at an intersection I didn’t feel comfortable biking on, and there were lots of peds, so I dismounted and walked my bike. There was a red, and all the peds jaywalked, cause they could see there was no cross traffic. So – do I jaywalk my bike, and be “one more scofflaw cyclist” or stand there like a fool while the peds jaywalk?

      I went with optics and waited for the light to change.

      But I do not have sympathy for the belief that cyclists violate the law more than pedestrians do.

    • Well we all learned that peds have right of way at a crosswalk, so while they may be jaywalking, they’re covered by dc law. With that in mind, I think bikes may outpace peds on law violations. Bikes also have right of way in crosswalks, but I tend to see running red lights or stop signs most often.

      • You have right of way in the crosswalk means that even if you there illegally, cross traffic needs to stop for you. It does not make the behavior either legal or safe. Sometimes of course it IS safe, because a pedestrian can see there is no cross traffic, and our laws/signals/etc are not designed for the convenience of pedestrians. The same is true of cyclists.

        I am merely asking for understanding and end to the hate for people on bikes, and the misunderstanding of why they do what they do.

        • I don’t hate bikers. I do hate bikers who almost hit me in daylight at a clearly marked crosswalk. Your need for speed or getting somewhere a little faster doesn’t mean I should hop out of the way so you can blow through a stop sign more easily.
          I give bikes proper spacing, don’t block bike lanes, and look before I open my car door.
          All I ask if for you follow the rules.

          • Well good for you – I detect some schadenfreude in some of these comments though – people applauding ticketing of people on bikes without knowing the details.

          • Most people don’t realize how important it is to check before opening a door into traffic, passengers too.

      • This is only true at cross walks with no traffic lights. At a light controlled cross walk, peds do not have the right of way if their light is red.

        • It used to be the case, but now peds have right of way at ANY crosswalk. I think it changed a few years ago.

          • justinbc

            Seriously? That’s beyond asinine.

          • I don’t think that’s true. Didn’t we have this discussion a few weeks ago?

          • They don’t have the right of way at ANY crosswalk. You have to yield for someone in a crosswalk that isn’t light controlled. If there is a light, you have the right of way when it indicates you have it.

            If people had the right of way at any crosswalk at anytime, there would be a serious uptick in accidents.

          • Yes, we did. Someone posted a link to the dc statue. It is true, but most ppl aren’t going to walk into oncoming traffic. Even if you’re not a fault, that’s painful as hell. Even though I’m aware of the rule, I still wait for the walk sign.
            If someone steps into a crosswalk, you’re required to yield.
            Just Google it.

          • Anon Spock, yes, I remember that conversation. I got the distinct impression from it that what you are saying is an incorrect reading of the statute. Disclaimer: I may be misremembering the conversation and I am not a lawyer.

  • I love that the cop car is blocking the bike lane … despite a wide open spot where he could have pulled off the road. About summarizes it for me …

    • ummmm. that picture is not from today. so… get over yourself.

      • justinbc

        What? Why does that matter?

        • The cop car is in the bike lane for his own protection. Cops use their parked cars to shield themselves (and the people they are stopping) from oncoming traffic. It IS an intentional strategy that police across the country use because so many are hit and often killed when performing their duties. This officer’s actions are in fact protecting the cyclists in front of him. I will say it would have been smart for the officer to park *slightly* more to the right so that no one would try passing on the right. For anyone using the bike lane, it’s incredibly simple to slow down and merge into the lane on the left, or, if you are timid about crossing a thin white line, just get off your bike and leave it right there for someone else who can bear it.

  • Nice to see the police officers car parked in the bike lane!

  • Can this same cop also come to DuPont Circle during the rush hours, and ticket the many cars that blow through the circle’s red lights?

  • The tickets: Challenge. Them. ALL!

  • Dan, we need your cadre of private videographers to film bikers breaking the law.
    It’s pandemic.

    • I commute by bike and I’ve thought about using my gopro video to start a blog but I doubt it would change anyone’s (car, bike, pedestrian) actions. For now, it’s just video for when I get hit (again).

    • So is jaywalking, or cars speeding, not signaling and rolling through stop signs. If you honestly think cyclists do this more than anyone else, you have a nasty case of confirmation bias. And the real issue is, a car is many, many times more likely to kill someone. So if they’re targeted more often for enforcement, that’s in the best interest of public safety. Period.
      I’m all for ticketing cyclists who salmon and ride on sidewalks in the CBD though. I’m a cyclist and those jerks make me bonkers too. On the other hand, if they rigorously ticketed people who Idaho, almost no one would bike. And then all of you Metro riders and drivers would have to contend with more crowding/traffic.

      • Cars and bikes cause a fairly equal amount of danger on my commute, just in different ways. Cars that drift into the bike lane because the driver is applying makeup (true story, happened yesterday) could kill me. Bikes that pass me with no warning to run the red seconds before it turns green and then swerve into the bike lane in front of me means that I almost hit them when I start going on the green and this could kill me when I fall into traffic. Idaho stops are unsafe if other cyclists are waiting (correctly) for the light to turn green. So that’s the selfish cyclist behavior that I referred to above.

        • I’m not in a position to question your experience. Just going with 1) statistics on traffic fatalities that I’ve seen over the years (takeaway being that cyclists VERY rarely kill/injure pedestrians/each other, and when there’s a collision between a bike and a car the cyclist never comes out on top), 2) my own experience commuting almost every day by bike. I see jerky cyclists, and yes, it’s annoying. But most people’s behavior is quite safe even if they aren’t following the letter of the law.
          I actually think making Idaho stops the law here would be safer for everyone, because it would add so much more predictability.

        • Idaho’s turn stop signs into yields, and red lights into stop signs, so no cyclist applying the Idaho correctly should blow through a red light unsafely if you are waiting for a green. A cyclist applying an Idaho stop to a red light needs to come to a full stop, so there is nothing dangerous about if if you are also waiting. Unfortunately, it’s still not legal here in DC, so that’s another matter entirely.

          • If a cyclist Idaho stops at a red light next to me, then the light turns green, it becomes a free-for-all of which cyclist goes first. I should have the right of way but for my own safety, I end up yielding to slower-moving cyclists and then passing them in the traffic lane multiple times each commute, which makes my commute infinitely more dangerous all because they can’t obey the law and stop behind me.

          • No. an appropriate application of the Idaho stop at a red light means that the cyclist at the red comes to a full stop and is allowed to proceed through the intersection ONLY after yielding to all other traffic that has a green. So there should be no “free for all” if you have a green the cyclist at the red must yield to you in a legal Idaho Stop. Again, this is not legal in DC, so it’s semantics. But please don’t draw inferences about the safety of an Idaho stop from an illegal and incorrect application.

          • I understand what you are saying, but this happens to me so rarely in comparison to other things that force me into traffic (pot holes, car doors, debris, passing people in general), that it seems like a non-issue to me. Sure, people should be courteous and not shoal, fail to call passes, rush to get ahead of you if know they are slow (looking at you, Bike Share users!), or :insert pet peeve here:. But that’s just part of life as far as I’m concerned. Similar things happen when I walk or drive too.

        • It seems like a lot of cyclists don’t understand that you should warn another cyclist you’re passing.

          • It’s on you to be alert about your surroundings. A biker who passes you in the car lane, thereby giving you a safe amount of room in the bike lane, doesn’t need to yap like they’re in a weekend peloton. Cars are the real danger. So loosen your skinnies and stop being mad when “lifestyle” bikers get passed.

          • On a typical commute I might pass 20 cyclists. Signaling to all of them they are about to be passed is silly. From my experience it can create more risk for everyone because uneasy/inexperienced cyclists are sometimes startled by the reminder they aren’t the only ones on a bike.

            It is easy enough to assume you will be passed from time to time. It is also easy to mount mirrors on a bike so you can see who is coming up from behind at any time, whether on a bike or in a car.

      • Agreed. Too much finger-pointing, not enough careful thought given to what makes people safer. I think it’s all about BEING PREDICTABLE. Drive/ ride the way the one-way sign says. If you’re not a pedestrian, you are not expected to be on the sidewalk. So stay off it. If there is a stop sign, you are expected to stop at it. If there is a crosswalk, keep your car out of it so that pedestrians may stay in it (and not have to walk out into the cross street to get around you). If your light is green, drive on; do not stop and wave waiting pedestrians across. I know people who do this think they are being nice, but it creates an unpredictable, and therefore dangerous environment.
        I could go on. But it all boils down to BE PREDICTABLE.

      • Tsar of Truxton

        A biker could really hurt a pedestrian when flying through an intersection and colliding. That is not the point though. I think the point is that bikers running red lights are a danger to themselves because they may get hit by a car which is not good for anyone involved. I also think that, while convenient for pedestrians, the walk timers actually encourage dangerous behavior from drivers (and maybe bikers). Instead of holding steady speeds and being able to stop on yellow, cars see 3-2-1 and start to speed up to make the light (we’ve all done it), at which point they can no longer stop for a yellow even if they wanted to.

        • Sure. I’m not saying that any cyclist should be flying through an intersection when someone else has the right of way – that’s not what an Idaho stop is, and people who do that SHOULD be ticketed (although I still think it should be a much lower priority than the people who drive so fast that they flip their cars over – something that seems to happen with some regularity).

  • For the red lights, was he ticketing folks who actually blow through the lights, or folks who do a proper Idaho stop at reds – IE who stop, look around for peds and cross traffic, and then proceed before the light has changed to green?

    While I do not usually Idaho reds I did this AM – heading from a sidewalk (outside the CBD) to left onto a street leading to a bike lane – I could see many cars waiting to turn left, and I saw there was no cross traffic or peds. I decided to pull ahead before the light had changed, ONLY for my own safety.

    • An Idaho stop is safer than no stop at all… but it’s still illegal.

      • Driving 26MPH in a 25MPH zone is also illegal, but the police prioritize speed tickets for faster speeders. In at least one other jurisdiction I know of the police to give cyclists tickets, but for egregious violations, not for proper Idahos. I was simply wondering if that was the case here.

        Also of course there are instances where Idahos are in fact safer than waiting for the green, which is why they are legal in Idaho, and why many cyclists who do not “blow through” reds do them.

      • note

        One advantage of making Idahos legal would be that cyclists could be trained to do proper Idaho’s, instead of the more dangerous things a few do.

        • I think it is pretty telling that the Idaho stop hasn’t been adopted anywhere in the country outside of Idaho (and they are even rolling back certain provisions of the law in Idaho), even in biker paradises like Portland or Boulder.

          It may (kinda) work in a state so sparsely populated that it its entire state population is only 25% of the DC metro region population but it obviously doesn’t work anywhere else.

          • Telling in what sense? People who drive still make up a huge majority of residents/voters even in D.C. – let alone less bike-friendly places. And a certain subset of these folks seem to get pretty upset every time a bike lane is built, a parking space is re-purposed for bike parking, etc. So it says to me that the government is most responsive to the bigger group of angry people.

          • It applies in Boise, not only in rural Idaho. It has been adopted (relative to stop signs,not red lights) in parts of Colorado, and in parts of Paris France.

            Clearly bike advocates are pushing for bike lanes, etc as a priority, widening passing laws, anti dooring laws, etc not the Idaho stop. As we see here its very difficult to explain to non-cyclists, so that is probably a wise strategy.

            That does not however prove that the Idaho stop is in fact dangerous, when done properly.

          • I think it’s telling that idahos are the only bike specific law whereas what you are advocating is a law made for cars.

        • +1,000. You’re supposed to YIELD to people who get to a 4-way stop intersection first, people! It’s not like a two-way stop.

  • Over/under on the total number of comments on this post by, say, 3 p.m.?

  • probably MD bikers.

  • So happy to see this.

    You want a target rich environment, set up a sting at 11th and Lamont or Kenyon. I counted 23 out of 25 bikes in a row the other morning completely blow their red light at Kenyon, forcing opposing traffic to avoid them. The unbelievable part is the number of them who then give the drivers the middle finger as the cars who have the ROW are honking. The chutzpah of those cyclists is just off the charts.

    And for those ridiculing cops for not pulling over cars:

    1. They still do, I see it nearly every day in my commute in DC, and
    2. They simply transferred most of their work load to the more than 100 automated cameras the city has acquired, that dole out a few million tickets a year solely to motorists. Red light ignoring cyclists are free to go.

    • my experience in dc has been that police rarely enforce moving violations in the DOWNTOWN area. if you have a ‘commute’ on major thoroughfares it may be different, but in the downtown area impunity remains a serious problem. while most people are very respectful of the law, probably 5% of drivers are youthfully reckless, drunk, or crazy, and the problem is that there is no one to stop them and keep everyone else safe. Red light cameras are not always effective with these drivers, because the locations are known. DC actually has an incredibly low % of pedestrian deaths (in 2012 it was the lowest out of the 30 largest cities in USA), but that does little to change a common perception that the police often ignore traffic scofflaws. In the past 2 years I’ve seen more police vigilance downtown and I see it as a promising trend, but the perception remains with many that the police are soft, and therefore they choose to operate in a dangerous manner.

    • I cycle on 11th all the time, I have seen many people go through that red light. But I don’t often see anyone doing so in a way that makes the cars have to do anything. IE they go through when there aren’t any cars coming.

  • How much do those tickets run? I’ve always been curious. Is it the same as a car ticket?

  • Yes to all of this. These are all things that should be ticketed.

  • I’ve seen people salmon at 18th and M and I don’t quite get it. That intersection is big and intimidating even when riding in the right direction. Can’t imagine what people are thinking salmoning through there.

  • That cop is my hero!

  • I wish this would happen where I live. I’m on 17th St. in Mt. P and people ride their bikes up it the wrong way all the time. But I bet if they got side-swiped by a car going the right way down the street, they’d try to blame the driver. (I say this all of this as a bike rider, btw.)

    • Mt.P street is like the wild west. Cars are double parked all the time, people wandering/crossing the middle of the streets, and bikers blowing through stop signs.

  • An issue I have, which I believe is somewhat related, is how bike cops ride. I see them doing many of the things listed by the OP. Their bicycles don’t even come equipped with the required by law lighting, though that’s not the officers’ fault, and many of them have put on their own lights. I asked a friend who rides in the painted median on Mt. Pleasant St. why he did it, and he answered, “that’s what you’re supposed to do.” I asked why he thought that and he answered, “that’s what the cops do.” I know that’s one anecdote but the bike cops could set a much better example.

  • Awesome! Cyclists often end up with very serious injuries when there are collisions – or die. Someimes its the driver’s fault, but in busy urban areas, often its not. They need to follow the law, like everyone else….And yes, i would also like to see cars ticketed that park in cyclist designated areas – utterly unacceptable.

  • This very blog is rife with posts about stabbings, beatings, robberies, shootings, and unsolved murders. I live next to an open crack cocaine market that one family has operated with impunity for over 20 years, directly on 14th St NW. As a matter of public policy, I have a hard time seeing how MPD justifies any resources to ticket commuters on vehicles weighing less than 50 lbs.

    • “I have a hard time seeing how MPD justifies any resources to ticket commuters on vehicles weighing less than 50 lbs”

      Well, if cyclists lived in a vacuum and there weren’t any other folks using the streets, then you would have a point, but every time a biker blows through his red light a “multi-thousand lb death machine” (as the GGW’ers like to call them) has to react to that cyclists selfish stupidity. Brakes get slammed, vehicles swerve all so they can do the cyclist a favor and not make them a hood ornament. If the only person that could possibly be harmed by a cyclist ignoring all the rules of the road was the cyclist fine, but that is simply not the case.

      • I agree with you that cycling recklessly can endanger pedestrians and theoretically could cause chain reactions that result in vehicle collisions. (In 5+ years of commuting on foot/bike/car here, though, 100% of the “swerving” I’ve observed is by drivers – usually looking at their phones – who neither signal or look before turning or changing lanes). My comment was that as a matter of allocating limited resources, MPD should have better things to do. They were apparently too busy to even dispatch an officer everytime I’ve needed them (including armed robbery and to report stolen property).

      • Drama much?

  • OK cops, no go after the F-ing ATVs and four wheelers please!

  • I would enjoy seeing the police tickt people who double park for no reason what so ever. People consistently park in the street in front of open spaces because they don’t feel like taking the time to parallel park. They’ll block 1 of 2 lanes on major streets as well. I just don’t get how this is completely acceptable. I’m convinced you can park in Meridian HIll park in the fountains as long as you put your hazards on.

  • It would really be nice if they would invest the small amount of money to put up signage marking the “CBD/no bikes on the sidewalk” area. Even as someone who has spent time familiarizing myself with it couldn’t point to exactly where it begins/ends on a map. The District has no problem putting up signs for just about everything, I don’t know why not this. Not sure it would curb sidewalk riding in the downtown area (most of it’s probably related to lack of bike lanes or car traffic in the bike lanes or just fear of being in the road) but it seems silly. They wouldn’t create a whole zone of “No Parking” and not mark it with a sign and then ticket for it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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