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Old 10-30-08, 08:08 PM   #1
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WABA has Productive Meeting with MPD

I was astonished to read this week of meeting that representatives of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) had with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and DC Department of Transportation (DDOT). According to WABA's press release,

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As a result of the meeting, WABA, DDOT and MPD agreed to do the following:

* WABA and DDOT will create power point slides on areas where clarification of District law is needed that will be shown during police roll calls. Other slides identifying high crash areas will also be shown.

* MPD will expand distribution of WABA’s Pocket Guide to DC Bike Laws to MPD officers;

* MPD will designate a point person on bike issues that will regularly attend DC Bicycle Advisory Council meetings;

* MPD will coordinate better with DDOT on the upcoming Street Smarts enforcement campaign and improve training of officers working the program;

* MPD will work with WABA on enforcement stings of the bus and bike lanes in Chinatown and will conduct occasional bike lane double parking ticketing waves;

* WABA, DDOT and MPD will explore creating a police training video on bike and ped laws;

* WABA will work with MPD on collecting unreported crash data and other complaints that will be passed along to the Traffic Safety Branch;

* WABA, DDOT, MPD, and Council staff will coordinate efforts to identify high traffic safety complaint areas;

* WABA, DDOT and MPD will examine the DC Driver Training Manual’s questions on bike and peds to see if they can be improved;
The whole press release is here:
http://waba.org/takeaction/MPD.php

It's hard for me to emphasize how revolutionary it will be if the MPD follows through with even half of this list.
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Old 10-31-08, 03:00 AM   #2
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Hopefully the upcoming increase in ticketing of cyclist, is matched with a proportional increase in motorist ticketing.
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Wow. Fingers crossed.

One of the folks in my bike club is MPD. He even complains about them.
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I misread the header as "WADA". I was wondering why doping tests would be warranted for this cycling demographic....
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Old 11-05-08, 03:27 PM   #5
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I hope this doesn't mean that I can't proceed on red lights anymore...
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Good job guys, and good job reporting it. One of my great frustrations is that bike advocates are such lousy communicators. But WABA does a great job!
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