Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter I-A. Access to Justice for Bicyclists.


§ 50–1621. Civil action for bicyclists.

(a) An individual who, while riding a bicycle, is the victim of an assault or battery by a motorist, and prevails in a civil action for such assault or battery, shall be entitled to:

(1) Statutory damages of $1,000 or actual damages, whichever is greater;

(2) Reasonable attorney’s fees and costs; provided, that the total amount of damages is less than $10,000; and

(3) Any other relief available under the law.

(b) For the purposes of this section, the term “motorist” means an individual who operates a motor vehicle, as defined in § 50-2301.02(5A).


(Apr. 20, 2013, D.C. Law 19-264, § 2, 60 DCR 1346.)