The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) announced today that beginning February 29, 2020, the agency will issue $150 tickets to any motorist improperly standing, stopping or parking in a bike lane.
DPW has increased its bike lane enforcement program by mobilizing 26 new Parking Enforcement Officers (PEO’s) and giving the entire PEO team—now nearly 300 strong—the ability to photograph vehicles blocking bike lanes.
Beginning February 29, violators will receive a $150 printed ticket at the scene, or a photo ticket in the mail along with an image showing the bike lane violation. Tickets can be appealed through the normal adjudication process with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
“The District’s nearly 90 miles of bike lanes help to expand transportation options and boost connectivity to the city’s vibrant neighborhoods and commercial corridors,” said DPW Director Chris Geldart. “As we enter into the next phase of our bike lane enforcement program, the issuance of tickets will incentivize motorists to help keep lanes clear of obstructions so that bikers can safely share the road with vehicles.”
DPW’s bike lane enforcement program supports Mayor Bowser's Vision Zero initiative to end all traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries for road users by 2024. DPW is one of more than 20 District government agencies engaged in Vision Zero.