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.
It is already unlawful to obstruct District bike lanes in most instances, but the proposed regulations would expand the ban on doing so to include situations where drivers try to “avoid conflict with other traffic” and “load or unload passengers or freight,” per DDOT. Practices such as these endanger cyclists by bringing speeding vehicles into bike lanes and forcing cyclists into traffic. A blocked bike lane led to a cyclist’s death in New York in 2018.
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