DDOT: Work zones should be safe for bikers and pedestrians

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DDOT announced Monday proposed rules, which would require work zones that block a sidewalk or bicycle lane to have safe routes for pedestrians and bicyclists in the area.

According to DDOT, the safe routes must be the same as the pedestrian or cyclist accommodation that was blocked. In addition, DDOT stated, the routes must not have any obstructions or hazards including loose gravel or uneven surfaces.

Signs must also be in place to help direct pedestrians and bicyclists, DDOT said. Permits can be revoked if the entity fails to follow these rules, DDOT stated.

"I bike to work every day, so I have first-hand experience with the hazards that work zones can sometimes pose for bicyclists" said DDOT Acting Director Matthew Brown. "These proposed rules will make getting around the city safer for everyone, especially pedestrians and bicyclists."


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