City Cracks Down on U-Turns Across Bike Lanes

11 out of 14 bike crashes on Penn involved vehicles making U-turns across the bike lanes

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    Mayor Vincent Gray has issued an emergency ruling to prohibit drivers from making U-turns across center bike lanes, following a series of accidents. News4 Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss reports.

    Mayor Vincent Gray has issued an emergency ruling to prohibit drivers from making U-turns across center bike lanes, following a series of accidents.

    Bicycle lanes running between the east- and westbound lanes of Pennsylvania Avenue NW opened two years ago. In 2010 and 2011, 11 out of 14 bicycle crashes on the street involved vehicles making U-turns across the bike lanes, according to a press release from the city.

    Gray's new ruling clarifies that the prohibition on U-turns across bike lanes is enforceable even when cyclists are not present.

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    "This is an effort to ensure the safety of our increasing numbers of cyclists in the District by closing a regulatory gap," Gray said in a press release from the city.

    Violators will be ticketed $100. The new regulation goes into effect Dec. 1.

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