Leave it to NBC 4 consumer reporter Liz Crenshaw to be our all-knowing spokes-person.
Question: Can you legally ride your bike on the sidewalk in D.C., Maryland and Virginia?
Answer: We turned to the Washington Area Bicyclist Association for this answer. It says that it’s perfectly fine to ride your bike on the sidewalk around much of the D.C. city limits. The exception is downtown or the “Central Business District” where you can get hit with a 25 dollar fine. In Maryland, riding your bike on the sidewalk is prohibited in some of Montgomery County and in most of Prince George’s County. However, it is allowed in unincorporated sections of Montgomery County and in small sections of Prince George’s County. And in Virginia, cycling on sidewalks is allowed everywhere except where prohibited by local ordinance (like in Alexandria). And you must give an audible signal before passing a pedestrian.
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