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Charles Allen must have a penchant for license plates.
After the Ward 6 D.C. Councilmember introduced a bill last month that would change the slogan on D.C.-issued tags to “End Taxation Without Representation,” he proposed legislation on Friday that would create bike-friendly ones. Under his proposal, D.C. drivers could buy speciality plates featuring “a design to enhance motorists’ awareness of bicycles,” which would include “an image and wording to educate motorists about the three-foot passing rule.” (Drivers must give cyclists at least those many feet when overtaking them on streets.) Application and annual display fees for the plates—$25 and $20, respectively—would go towards the District’s Vision Zero fund, dedicated to ending traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by the next decade.
Today is “Bike to Work Day,” which saw more than 17,500 participants, according to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
“Many other states already offer some version of a ‘three-foot passing rule’ bicycle safety awareness automobile license plate,” Allen, a regular cyclist, said in a statement. “These tags promote safe driving practices around bicycles, recognizing that the roads are for all users and traffic-related injuries are preventable.”
You can read the full bill here.