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Posted at 4:24 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Pump your brakes: 15 parking tix on 15th St. today

By Akeya Dickson

The District Department of Transportation shouted out the District Department of Public Works on Twitter for distributing 15 parking tickets in downtown DC today.

"@DDOTDC Thx to all who reported the vehicles parked in the 15th St Bike Lanes. @DCDPW reports they wrote 15 tickets there today."

DDOT received tweets earlier today about cars parking in the bike lanes. They notified the District Department of Public Works, which is the primary agency for parking and towing enforcement, said John Lisle, a spokesman for DDOT and the person who manages the department's Twitter account.

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The District extended its dedicated bike lanes on 15 Street NW. (Carol Guzy/the Washington Post)

"The bike lanes are new and people are still getting used to them. We don't want to ask DPW to give out tickets," said Lisle. "There are certainly some people who are not thrilled with the bike lanes and who don't understand them. We want to make our streets more balanced for all of our users."

Cyclists have been having problems dealing with cars and delivery vehicles that find it convenient to park in them, said Lisle.

"I recently heard that WABA [the Washington Area Bicyclists Association] has reached out to FedEx to remind their drivers to not park in the lanes," he said.

There are some motorists who aren't thrilled with the lanes and who think we're taking the parking away and we're not, he said.

"There's still parking right outside some of the lanes and we're going to add some signage to make that clear," he said. "Just because we're putting up a bike lane doesn't mean we're taking out parking."

There are a lot of people in the city who don't even own a car and get around by transit, on foot and on bike, he said.

"It's the same reason we have sidewalks, so people can feel safe traveling in the city," he said. "By providing a bike infrastructure, we think that will increase the number of people who feel safe cycling on the roads."

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Cyclists use the bike lane along New Hampshire Avenue in NW. Realtors and agencies are marketing apartments and condos to buyers based on the advantages of cycling to work. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

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A cyclist navigates Thomas Circle, which has a marked bike lane. There are more than 60 miles of marked bike lanes in Washington, according to the District Department of Transportation's Bicycle Program Web site.

By Akeya Dickson  | March 11, 2011; 4:24 PM ET
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