New DC Bike Lane Fines Take Effect Tomorrow

(Washington, DC)  —  Tomorrow, Saturday, February 29th is Leap Day. It is also the day that new traffic fines take effect in the District for motorists who block, stop or park in a bike lane. Starting tomorrow, the Department of Public Works will begin issuing citations to violators to the tune of 150-dollar.  The new law marks a milestone for bike advocates who have fought for stricter protections to keep bicyclists and pedestrians safe while riding and walking in D.C. Nearly 300 DPW Parking Enforcement Officers will be able to issue fines. The officer will first snap a picture of the violator’s vehicle before issuing a ticket. If a driver pulls away before the ticket can be served, the DPW will mail the fine to the violators.