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DC Decoded:  The laws of DC for non-lawyers

DC Decoded is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-partisan initiative that provides the DC Code on a free, user-friendly website designed for use by non-lawyers. Features include inline legal definitions, cross-references, and bulk downloads.

For more information, and caveats, visit http://dcdecoded.org.

These 15 Crazy Laws In Washington DC Will Leave You Scratching Your Head In Wonder (www.onlyinyourstate.com, July 14, 2016)

DC Animal Control Regulations (http://doh.dc.gov)

DC Dog Licensing Requirements (http://doh.dc.gov)

DC Marijuana Laws (http://mpdc.dc.gov)

DC Bicycle and Pedestrian Traffic Regulations Summary (http://ddot.dc.gov)

What are the most important traffic laws I should know when bicycling in DC? (http://ddot.dc.gov)

  • Bicyclists traveling on roadways have all the general rights and duties of vehicle drivers
  • Helmet use is mandatory for cyclists under the age of 16. Helmet use is strongly recommended for all others.
  • Cycling on sidewalks is permitted outside of the DC Central Business District.
  • Cyclists must yield to pedestrians on sidewalks.
  • A white headlight that is visible for 500 feet and a red reflector or taillight visible from 300 feet are required by law when riding at night.

As a driver, what should I know about bicycling and walking in DC? ((http://ddot.dc.gov)

  • Vehicles turning right on red must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
  • Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
  • When turning right across a bike lane, check for cyclists, merge into the bike lane, and then execute your turn.
  • When turning left or right, check for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Bikes lanes are reserved for bicyclists. Do not park or drive in bike lanes.
  • Unless signage indicates otherwise, bicyclists are allowed on all streets and sidewalks outside the DC Central Business District