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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

As tensions rise among D.C. road users, many say police enforcement lags | Washington Post


A bicyclist rides along L Street Northwest in Washington. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)
As an increasing number of Washington-area residents forgo their vehicles and choose to bike or walk to work, tensions between drivers, cyclists and pedestrians have escalated, with reports of terrifying encounters: drivers intimidating cyclists, cyclists antagonizing drivers, pedestrians at the mercy of both bikers and drivers.
The one thing that all three agree on: D.C. police are not doing enough to enforce the rules for any of the groups.
“There hasn’t been much priority to enforce those laws,” said Joe Reiner, a member of the nonprofit organization All Walks DC, which promotes pedestrian safety. “Cars and bikes are speeding through pedestrian crosswalks ignoring that pedestrians have a right of way. This is an issue that we really need to have the police do better with.”

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