Careless City Cyclists Rule Road In Rogue Fashion
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)-- The nation's capitol is infamously known for having some of the worst drivers, and most congested streets in the country. Now you can add disobedient bicyclists to the list.
9News Now decided to examine the dangerous trend. We set up in Dupont Circle in NW D.C. and watched daredevil cyclists blow past red lights and traffic signals over and over again.
When confronted, one cyclist said, " I don't even pay attention."
Another cyclist said, " I'm a bicycle courier so I do that all day." He added, "I definitely know the rules, and it's miraculous, and I'm thankful to Jesus that I haven't had an accident."
It was difficult to find those obeying the rules and stopping at red lights as is mandated by D.C. law. However, we did see Schiva Polefka stop for a red light.
Polefka said, "I want to be respected by motorists when they are out driving, because they can easily harm and kill me if they don't respect me as a cyclist."
In the District, you can be ticketed with a $25 fine for running red lights on a bicycle. That's compared to $75 for a car that doesn't stop at the red light, or $50 for failing to halt at a stop sign.
It is also illegal to run red lights on a bicycle in Maryland and Virginia.
A D.C. police spokeswoman told 9News Now that they will launch an initiative in March to try and combat the problem.