Enforcement of Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
Councilmember Phil Mendelson, Chairperson of the Committee on Judiciary, announces a public oversight hearing on the enforcement of pedestrian and bicycle safety. The hearing will be held at 10AM on Wednesday, May 30, 20121 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.
The purpose of this hearing is to hear testimony from the public on continuing issues surrounding pedestrian and bicycle safety, including enforcement. The Committee held hearings on February 4, 2011 and November 2, 2011 on this subject but continues to hear complaints about enforcement of the laws as they pertain to bicyclists, the failure to obtain a bicyclist's side of the story when an accident occurs with a motorist, and improper citations of bicyclists who are obeying the law. Additionally, the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) recently released a report on "Protecting Pedestrians" with several recommendations for improving pedestrian safety. The Committee invites testimony regarding these issues as well as the CCE report.
Those who wish to testify should register online or contact Ms. Jessica Jacobs, Legislative Counsel, at (202) 724-7808, by fax at (202) 724-6664, or via e-mail at email@example.com, and provide their name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Friday, May 25, 2012. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If submitted by the close of business on Friday, May 25, 2012, the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing. Witnesses should limit their testimony to five minutes; less time will be allowed if there is a large number of witnesses.
If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted either to Ms. Setlow, or to Ms. Nyasha Smith, Secretary to the Council, Room 5 of the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2012.