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