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“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced the adoption of the final rules to implement the provisions of the Bicycle Safety Amendment Act of 2013. According to DDOT Director Matthew Brown “The implementation of these new regulations will ensure that all users of the transportation network are provided safe passage as the District continues to grow and develop.”
The new rules require any construction site that blocks a sidewalk or bicycle lane to provide a safe route for pedestrians and bicyclists through or around the work zone. This safe route must be equal to the accommodation that was blocked, such as providing a bike lane that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic if a protected bike lane is blocked. Also, the safe pedestrian or bicycle route must be free of obstructions and surface hazards such as loose gravel or uneven surfaces and must follow the path of the original pedestrian or bicycle route as closely as is practical.
Additionally, the rules define the term “safe accommodation” and require that signs used to direct pedestrians or bicyclists along a detour route display a message that is specific to bicyclists or pedestrians. The DDOT Director may revoke a permit if the permittee fails to comply with these rules or the approved traffic management plan issued with their permit.
The final regulations may be viewed here.”