DC proposes tighter ban on drivers blocking bike lanes

New D.C. rules would make it crystal clear: Drivers cannot stop in or otherwise block bike lanes.

While blocking the lanes is already generally illegal, current regulations include a number of exceptions or loopholes for things, such as passenger or freight pickup and drop-off and for avoiding blocking other traffic.

Those exceptions have contributed to enforcement issues the city has promised to address as part of “Vision Zero” safety efforts, so the District Department of Transportation’s proposed rule changes could make it easier for police and parking enforcement officers to punish violators ranging from regular drivers to ride-hailing services or delivery trucks.