The Council of the District of Columbia finds that:
(1) Increased use of bicycles for transportation and recreation will result in improved air quality, reduced levels of noise and traffic congestion, greater energy conservation, lower transportation costs, fewer parking problems, and increased physical fitness.
(2) Bicycle fatalities and accidents can be reduced through broad-based education and facilities improvements.
(3) The promotion of bicycle transportation and safety in the District of Columbia (“District”) requires the implementation of a comprehensive bicycle transportation and safety program.
(4) A bicycle office is required to coordinate the comprehensive program.
(5) Disability and death from injuries sustained in bicycling accidents are a serious threat to the health, welfare and safety of District children.
(6) Each year approximately 290 children are involved in fatal accidents, and nearly 400,000 are injured with varying degrees of severity in bicycle related injuries or crashes.
(7) Head injuries account for over 60% of bicycle related fatalities and 1/3 of bicycle related emergency room visits.
(8) Use of a bicycle helmet is the single, most effective preventive measure of reducing head injuries 85%, and brain injuries or serious disabilities by 88% from bicycle accidents.
(9) Only 15% of bicyclists use proper head protective equipment, and some studies show that bicycle helmet usage for children under 16 years of age ranges from 5% to 15%.
1981 Ed., § 40-1401.
Effect of Amendments
D.C. Law 13-112 added subsecs. (5) to (9).