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Bicycles Must Stop At Signals; Just Like Motorists

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is launching bicycle only traffic signals at the intersection of 16th Street, U Street and New Hampshire Avenue, NW, according to a news release.

"We know that this is already a very popular route for many cyclists, but it can be treacherous getting through the intersection," Said DDOT Director Gabe Klein. "These changes will make it safer without impacting other traffic."

With the addition of the contraflow lanes, cyclists can now travel legally in both directions on New Hampshire Avenue. When they reach the intersection, they will have to wait for the GREEN bike signal before proceeding into the bike boxes on 16th Street, DDOT said.

Cyclists waiting in the bike boxes on 16th Street will obey the same traffic signals as other vehicular traffic crossing U Street. Cyclists who disobey the bike signal (run the red light) risk colliding with moving motor vehicle traffic on 16th Street, DDOT said.

DDOT officials added this experimental project should lead to a safer commute for motorists and bicyclists, by making bicyclists "more visible" to drivers.

Written by Manny Fantis


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