Analysis / Opinion:
Slowing down motorcycles is a challenge that DC Mayor Morrell Bowser has accepted as a legacy without avoiding the bicycle lobby.
In fact, in general, the motorcycle lobby has its own way because former mayor Adrian Fanti, a cyclist and triathlete, opened the door.
He and Miss Bowser blink as the directors of the Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy and the Environment, and the Department of Motor Vehicles do what they do to please those who support alternative driving.
On June 1, 2020, Miss Bowser slammed the motorcycle lobby’s card, announcing a reduction in the city’s speed limit set by her administration from 25 mph to 20 mph.
The city also created the “Slow Streets” initiative for cyclists who advocated additional and wider motorways for social distance protocols.
Bowser administration is on it again. This time the mayor justified his new anti-motorbike initiative with public safety programs, but still left the motorcycle lobby in a position to give two thumps up for cycling.
As the mayor explained in his anti-motorcycle announcement on Tuesday: “The work of securing our roads and sidewalks is urgent. We can and will move faster, and implementing a systematic, less bureaucratic process is the first step toward doing so.
The mayor plans to target 100 intersections that are part of the city’s “High Crash, High Injury Corridor”, which means these “corridors” are barely motorcycle-free, bus-free, scooter-free zones.
Tactics to slow down the drive, including low speed limits, include speed bumps, stop signals, right-turn restrictions, and long pedestrian breaks.
Interestingly, Everett Lott, director of transportation, told Motorcycles, “We are increasing the workload and smoothing the process to complete our safety improvement plans as soon as possible, and we are trying to stop the driver’s reckless behavior.” They are also doing what they can for. ”
Hmmm, Mr. Loot knows best. He knows that not all car accidents are caused by carelessness or even intentional driver behavior. Some drivers lose control of their vehicles due to illness.
And it’s not cyclists’ fault, but do they ever create public safety issues or break the law?
Do cyclists, for example, ride motorcycles on their cell phones?
Motorcycle through the red light? On the sidewalk? Obstruction of pedestrian traffic?
This may sound trivial, but think about it for a moment: DC car owners invest hundreds of dollars a year in the city’s economy just to own a car, park their car, and buy gasoline. ۔ The city does not legislate on such motorcycles.
The motorcycle lobby has produced a large boot print in the country’s capital, and there are no signs of shrinking. But public policy needs to be promoted and the retreat for grown-ups who ride bicycles just because they ride them.
If City Hall is not careful, the motorcycle lobby will stop you from teaching your child or grandson how to ride a motorcycle.
Oh well. The DC Motorcycle Lobby is already doing just that.
• Deborah Siemens can be contacted at [email protected]