Pedestrian and Bicylce Safety

The District and surrounding jurisdictions are united against bicycle and pedestrian tragedies. Here is a sampling of various safety initiatives for cyclists, pedestrians and drivers:

  • Countdown pedestrian signals have been installed in more than 95 percent of DC's 1,550 signalized intersections over the last five years, more than any other U.S. city.
  • The fine for drivers who fail to stop and give right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks is $250 and 3 points. If a driver strikes a pedestrian in the process of failing to stop, the penalty is $500 and 6 points.
  • Any cyclist under 16 years of age cannot operate or be a passenger on a bicycle or any attachment to a bicycle without a helmet on a public roadway, public bicycle path or other right-of-way in the District of Columbia.
  • The District Department of Transportation and Washington Area Bicyclists Association train thousands of children and others on pedestrian and bike safety every year.
  • The Metropolitan Police Department targets drivers and pedestrians along high crash corridors and high pedestrian traffic locations as part of Street Smart enforcement waves every year. Street Smart is a bi-annual public awareness campaign in DC, Maryland and Virginia. The campaign uses advertising, public awareness efforts, and law enforcement to respond to the challenges of pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
  • It is illegal for a driver to make a right turn in front of a bus that is stopped at an intersection to receive or discharge passengers. Violators are subject to a fine of at least $100.

Find out more information about bicycle and pedestrian safety programs in the District, through the District Department of Transportation.

Find out about the Street Smart Program.