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Proposed D.C. bill would test for bike safety

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An increasing number of bikers in the District share Stephanie Neville's experience. She was hit by a vehicle while riding her bike and says the driver wasn’t paying attention.

With more than 60 miles of bike lanes in the District, collisions between bikers and drivers are becoming more and more likely.

There's a new push in Washington for increased laws to protect cyclists from the cars they share the road with.

Under a proposed bill, the DMV in D.C. would be required to start testing drivers on their knowledge of sharing the roadways with bikers.

And drivers who fail to yield right of way to bikers would face three points on their license and a hefty $250 fine.

Even Neville, who was struck, thinks it's a little much.

“I don't think it should be that high, $250 is a lot. I drive also,” Neville says.

But one of the cosponsor of the bill says it's a necessary move, in order to protect bikers.

“If there's an accident between a car and a bike, we know who wins that accident, the car,” says D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh. “So we want to put everything in place such as bike lanes and rules such as this legislation to make biking safe.”

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