D.C. officials to fine drivers for blocking bike lanes

District officials are cracking down on drivers who block bike lanes.

The D.C. Department of Public Works will fine drivers $65 for taking up bike lane space beginning later this month, ABC7 reported Friday. Violation tickets will be mailed to the owners of vehicles found blocking lanes, according to ABC7.

“Mailing of tickets will allow parking control officers to issue tickets to vehicles that drive away, which is a common occurrence,” department spokesman Reggie Sanders told ABC7.

Mayor Muriel Bowser aims to eliminate motorist and pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries by 2024 as part of her Vision Zero initiative. Traffic deaths, which include bicyclist, pedestrian and scooter rider fatalities, have increased annually between 2015 and 2018 but went down last year in D.C.