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Bicycle Laws

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The DC Council has enacted several laws regarding bicycling. These include the creation of a city bicycle transportation and safety program, a bicycle advisory council, a requirement that children under 16 wear a helmet while bicycling, and both a helmet educational and financial assistance program. 

Such bicycling legislation can be found at District of Columbia Official Code. For instance, the bullet point named Title 50. Motor and Non-Motor Vehicles and Traffic has an informational node called 'Subtitle V. Non-Motorized Vehicles' that expands to reveal more detail.

Accessible from the DC Office of Documents - DC Municipal Regulations and DC Register website, are specific bicycle regulations. For example, bicycle-related legislation includes a 3-foot rule for Overtaking and Passing - Rule: 18-2202.10. Another example is the residential building bicycle parking requirements - Rule: 112910. The list of moving violations - Rule: 18-22, non-moving violations - Rule: 18-24, and associated fines are also available.

Incidentally, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) publishes a Pocket Guide to DC Bike Laws, which you can download, and keep handy.

Lastly, the DC Municipal Regulations and DC Register - Rule 18-1200 provides information related to DC laws and how they apply to motorized bicycles, Segways, and other two-wheeled personal mobility devices.


To clarifies the application of existing DC laws to motorized bicycles, Segways, and other two-wheeled vehicles.

Program at a Glance

Program Title: Bicycle Laws
Agency: District Department of Transportation
Office: Policy, Planning and Sustainability Administration (PPSA)
Type: Administrative
Phone: (202) 671-0681

Related Documents

Related Information

DC Bicycle Advisory Council