D.C. Wants To Make Clear To Drivers That Bike Lanes Aren’t For Parking, Idling Or Loading (2-21-19)

“They are being very clear that the bike lanes are there for people who are biking.”

D.C. Council members Elissa Silverman, right, and Charles Allen demonstrate the usage of the dockless bike system Mobike on Sept. 15, 2017. (Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post)

he District Department of Transportation wants to make clear to drivers that the city’s bike lanes are not to be used for parking, or to pick up or drop off passengers; it also wants to leave no doubt about the rules for traffic enforcement officers.

Chiefly, they say, the lanes are for bike riders. Vehicles are not allowed to enter the lanes unless safely turning at an intersection, into a driveway or alley, or entering a legal parking space.

That means drivers are not allowed to move into the lanes to avoid conflict with other traffic. Taxis, Ubers and Lyfts are not permitted to pick up or drop off passengers there either. Commercial trucks should look elsewhere to load or unload merchandise.

Motor vehicles are allowed to stop in a bike lane only when necessary to enter a legal parking space or to follow the directions of a police officer, according to proposed revisions to existing city regulations.

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GW Researchers Win First D.C. Public Innovation Contest With Traffic-Tracking App (2-21-19)

Deng Pan, a doctoral student and a member of the transportation team, said prize money from the competition will allow the team to continue developing the technology and pay for machinery and licenses to publish iPhone and Android apps.

A team of professors and students were crowned the winners of D.C.’s first public innovation competition last week for developing a traffic safety app.

The team won $25,000 in startup research funds as part of the inaugural GigabitDCx competition, which challenged innovators to submit technological solutions to confront city mobility and environmental issues. Members of the winning team said their submission, called Road Vision, will help individuals analyze and predict traffic collision and congestion patterns on their travel routes.

The technology analyzes traffic patterns from videos of roadways to “characterize and predict” traffic patterns, including road congestion, accidents and traffic from pedestrians, cyclists and scooters, according to the team’s submission page.

Members of the team said the technology will rely on data from traffic cameras as well as public input. Users can submit videos of roadways using a free app and view real-time analysis and traffic predictions.

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D.C. Moves To Keep Cars, Including Ubers And Delivery Trucks, Out Of Bike Lanes (2-19-19)

Uber, Lyft, and taxi vehicles picking up or dropping off passengers as well as delivery trucks transporting goods would be explicitly barred from blocking city bike lanes under new rules that the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced last Friday. The changes aim to close loopholes in the current rules as part of D.C.’s Vision Zero traffic safety program.

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New DC Signs Banning Right Turns On Red To Go Up Starting Feb. 19 (2-11-19)

WASHINGTON — “No right turn on red” signs will start going up in dozens of new D.C. locations starting Feb. 19, as long as weather permits.

The District Department of Transportation is banning right turns on red at about 100 new intersections throughout the city, and the signs will be installed over the next six months by the end of July.

The effort supports Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Vision Zero Initiative that was launched in 2016, aimed at eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries in the nation’s capital by 2024.

“We have taken a number of approaches to make intersections across the District safer, and banning right turns on red in over 100 intersections is one of those approaches,” DDOT Director Jeff Marootian told WTOP.

D.C. Gets A Dedicated Vision Zero Office And Director Following Spike In Traffic Deaths (1-22-19)

Road sign in the street of Washington DC, USA. It is located near the National Mall on one of the main streets.[/caption]

As part of D.C.’s effort to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2024, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is setting up a new Vision Zero office that will focus on safety strategies, including through engineering, regulation, and community engagement.

Starting in March, the office’s inaugural director will be Linda Bailey, who was most recently the executive director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, a group of more than 60 North American cities, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced last week. Bailey has helped shape policies around street design, bike infrastructure, public space, and sustainable stormwater systems, per Bowser’s office. Her resume includes “work on the accommodation of autonomous vehicles”—which Ford is anticipated to begin testing in the District this year.

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