Council committee approves Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Amendment Act of 2016


The DC Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment voted 4-0 on May 31 to approve the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Amendment Act of 2016. The legislation requires DDOT and MPD to make data more accessible, requires DDOT to produce reports annually on high crash intersections, establishes pedestrian and bicycle priority areas, creates a new traffic offense for aggressive driving, and increases penalties for operating a vehicle while impaired, among several other provisions. The bill is an amalgamation of legislation proposed in the fall by Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Vision Zero Act of 2015, and legislation proposed by Councilmember Mary Cheh (Ward 3). Last spring Cheh convened the Bicyclcle and Pedestrian Working Group, which held six public hearings to consider ways to improve road safety in the District. Pedestrian Advisory Council representative Eileen McCarthy was a member of the working group. Click here to read the Committee Report on B21-335. The final draft of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Amendment Act of 2016 is available here.

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