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TestimonyofRandallMyers DCBicycleAdvisoryCouncil BeforetheDCCouncilCommitteeontheJudiciaryandPublicSafety February27,2013 Good morning Chairman Wells andmembersofthecommittee,mynameisRandallMyers.

Iam a representative on DC Bicycle Advisory Council (BAC) appointed by the atlarge Councilmember David Catania. Today, I will be speaking on behalf ofthe Chair of theBicycle Advisory Councils Safety, Education andEnforcement(SEE)Committee,JameelAlsalam,with regardtotheBACsrecentworkwiththeMetropolitanPoliceDepartment(MPD). Overthepast year,the BAChasmaintainedanactivedialoguewiththeMPDinresponsetothe action items articulated in the 2011 report from the Office of Police Complaints on Bicycle Safety.In addition,theBACwantedtowork withMPD morecloselytohelpimprovethesafetyof cyclists through better traffic enforcement techniques. To achieve these goals, the BAC has focusedonthreeissues: Improvingofficertrainingontrafficlawasappliedtobicyclists, Ensuring that cyclists have an opportunity to tell their side of the story as part of crash investigations,and Encouraging MPD to increase traffic enforcement to improve safety for all road users, includingcyclistsandpedestrians. In each of these issues, the MPD hasmade importantstepsover the last year,whichI wantto acknowledge and encourage. The BAC would like the MPD to continue its progress in the followingareas. TrainingandEngagementwithBicyclists: MPD has maintained active engagement with the Bicycle AdvisoryCouncil.The current MPD representatives to the BAC are Sergeant Terry Thorne and Commander James Crane (and a special thanks to Lieutenant Nicholas Breul). An MPD representative generallyattends each of the bimonthly Safety, Education and Enforcement committee meetings, allowing the BACanopportunitytoaddressconcerns,aswellasattendstheBACsgeneralmeetings. MPD has received a number of comments from the BAC on how to improve their training on

bicycle and pedestrian enforcement. Currently MPD is is in the process of completing an updated training module. The new module addresses common enforcement errors and reinforces the importance of interviewing all crash participants, even in cases where that requiresanofficertomakeatriptothehospitalincasesofinjury. ImprovedTrafficEnforcement: By designating traffic captains for each police district, MPD has ensured that traffic enforcement occurs beyond just the overtime enforcement programs. While all officers are required to do traffic enforcement as part oftheireverydayduties,many priorities competefor their time. District traffic captains provide focus to address traffic safety problems and are a pointof contactfor theheadquartersunitthatrunsovertimeenforcementprograms.MPDshould continue to cultivate a focus on traffic enforcement among all its officers through the traffic captainsandotherprograms. MPDplanned todeploy new automated enforcement cameras. TheBACSEECommittee believes that this will greatly improve the safety ofcyclists and pedestrians, especially cameras that are focused onstopsignenforcementandpedestriancrosswalkinfringement.The BAC participated in a taskforce to improve the automated enforcement program last fall and supports the continued expansion of this important program.WhileMPD has statedthatthese newcamerasareplanned,buttheimplementationscheduleisunclear. ImprovedCommunicationwithOtherAgenciesandGroups: MPDhas increasedthe effectiveness ofitsoutreach andenforcementefforts by collaborating with other agencies andpublic interestgroups. For example, as partof a recentoutreach event related to illegal Uturns through the cycletracks on Pennsylvania Avenue, MPD collaborated with the DC Taxicab Commission, the Department ofMotorVehicles, theDistrict Department of Transportation andthe WashingtonArea Bicyclists Association. Thisinteraction enabled MPD to reach a wider audience creating a potentially greater impact ondriversand bicyclists.MPDshouldcontinuethisinnovativeefforttodrawattentiontotrafficsafetyissues. MPD has made important steps described above to improve its training, crash investigation, andtrafficenforcementprograms.Theyshouldcontinuetostrengthentheseefforts. Thankyouforyoursupport.