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