Bike Laws in Washington, D.C.

by | Jun 20, 2019

According to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), there has been an average of 334 crashes involving bicyclists each year in Washington, D.C. Review the following bike laws to stay safe when sharing the road with cars in the D.C. area.

D.C. Bike Laws

The following regulations have been put in place by DDOT in an effort to keep motorists and bicyclists safe on shared roads:

  • Bicyclists traveling on roadways have all the rights and duties of vehicle drivers.
  • Helmet use is mandatory for cyclists under 16 and strongly recommended for everyone.
  • Cycling on sidewalks is permitted outside of the D.C. Central Business District. When riding on the sidewalk, all cyclists must yield to pedestrians.
  • A white headlight that is visible at 500 feet and a red reflector or taillight that is visible from 300 feet is required when biking at night.

D.C. Bike Safety Tips

DDOT recommends the following safety guidelines for bicyclists to remain safe on the road:

  • Obey all traffic lights and signs.
  • Never ride against traffic.
  • Use hand signals to tell motorists what you intend to do.
  • Ride in a straight line to the right of traffic and about a car door width away from parked cars.
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Use lights at night and when visibility is poor.

Injured in a Bike Accident? Let Us Help You

Even when following all of these laws and guidelines, accidents can still happen. Unfortunately, many motorists still do not respect bicyclists’ right of way or right to share the road.

If you were involved in a bike accident with a car, our team of experienced personal injury attorneys are ready to represent you.

Contact Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. at (202) 659-8600 for a consultation with our Washington, D.C. personal injury attorneys today.

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