DDOT Announces Republication of Proposed Rules for the Operation of the DC Streetcar

The prohibition on riding a bicycle within the Streetcar guideway has been removed
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the publication of revised proposed rules to establish routes and hours of operation for the DC Streetcar system, and prohibit actions that impede DC Streetcar operations. The revised rulemaking reflects the overwhelming number of public comments opposing the prohibition on riding a bicycle within a streetcar guideway. This prohibition has been removed.

In announcing the revised regulations, DDOT Director Matt Brown stated, “Safety is our first priority as we restore Streetcar service to the District. While we recommend cyclists utilize designated bike lanes on streets adjacent to the Streetcar line on H Street, NE, we understand and have responded to public concerns about prohibiting bikes on the Streetcar guideway.”

DDOT encourages motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists to make safe decisions when traveling near the Streetcar system. Cyclists in particular should remember crashes are more likely when crossing the Streetcar tracks at an angle less than 90 degrees. DDOT strongly encourages cyclists to consider using the G and I Street NE contraflow bike lanes, which allow for two-way bicycle travel, as that is safer than riding parallel to the tracks on H Street, NE.

The proposed regulations may be reviewed and comments submitted at http://dcregs.dc.gov/Gateway/NoticeHome.aspx?noticeid=5154888.

Written comments are invited during the 15-day comment period and should be submitted to: publicspace.policy@dc.gov.