Should Bikes be Banned from H Street, NE Sidewalks?


Last night [email protected]_ tweeted word from the ANC6A meeting:

“ANC6a votes unanimously to support bike lanes an G and Eye Streets NE. Incl contra flow.”

Followed by this tweet:

“ANC6a sending letter to @mayorvincegray asking that city ban bike riding on sidewalk on #HStDC. About damned time!”

Do you agree that it’s “about damend time!” given the coming bike lanes on G and I Streets?

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  • Yes yes yes a thousand times yes!!!

  • I live in the area and I’ve never really noticed an excess of people riding bikes on the sidewalk. Never really been a problem, in my experience.

    • Nor are there enough people walking on the sidewalks to be burdened by the occasional biker. H Street is pretty dangerous to bike on (yes, professional bikers, I know there’s a way to cross the tracks safely, but some bikers are amateurs and we don’t want them getting thrown off their bikes and into a semi-busy street if there’s a less dangerous option).

      • Going to agree with a couple other commenters: H street isn’t ideally suited to bike traffic. Drivers view it as a some sort of cross-town expressway (In fairness, H St. has long been a major enter-exit thoroughfare connecting east-of-the-river D.C & Prince George’s County with downtown.) And it’ll be getting even worse if the streetcars ever start operating.

        In the meantime, the tracks laid for the streetcars have made for very treacherous biking, as the wheel of a bike can easily get lodged in the grooves of the track. Add a little bit of rain and the metalwork gets super-slippery. I may be a non-professional biker, but I’ve been biking for years without incident and.. Lets just say the slipperiness and the grooves of the track have made for a few mishaps.

        As for sidewalk biking, why bother? If you’re traveling H, most likely you’re using it to get a destination not on H. I find that G St. on the north side and I St. on the south are far better streets for biking. And shadier too.

        • Exactly. The lack of highways from MD into core DC tends to skew the psychology of MD drivers into treating major DC roads like highways. H Street, Florida, and North Capitol are all treated like expressways by frustrated MD drivers trying to get in/out of the city. I’ve found that VA drivers are a bit more relaxed when driving in DC; there are significant visual and mental cues that they’ve exited the highway and must now drive differently in the city.

          Urban planners should do a study on this. I think it’s a very real phenomenon.

          • This is actually one of the most interesting ideas i’ve read all week. never thought about that before.

          • I’ve always thought so.

          • Yup it’s definitely visual cues at work and not impatient drivers. /urbanplanner

          • Seems like it’d be worth a shot. But a key difference is that the VA driver enters (and exits) D.C. 90+% of the time on either:

            1) I-395– a Hwy that continues as such thru what’s basically downtown D.C., with tunnels providing links to areas above the Mall; not to mention a brand-new, bonified interchange with 295;

            2) I-66– a Hwy that connects to RCPkwy & the E St. Expwy in D.C., as well as relatively direct access to major employers in the vicinity of the roadways, GW, State, IMF-WB etc.;

            3) Key Bridge– a Bridge that connects a major NoVA thoroughfare, Wilson Blvd. and the GWPkwy to Whitehurst Frwy &
            and other roadways that lead north and west from Georgetown

            My being VA drivers aren’t faced with the same traffic pattern faced by Md. drivers, many of whom enter-exit the city on truly secondary, even tertiary roads. And No, exiting the city by way of NY Ave-to-rt. 50 is nothing at all like exiting the city via 395 or 66. Suitland Pkwy isn’t really a full-service parkway. The Anacostia Fwy takes you nowhere by itself unless you work at Ft. McNair.

            So you end up with Md. drivers using roads like Benning/H St., Pa. Ave., N. and E. Capitol, Michigan Ave. etc. to avoid 50 and Suitland Pkwy and more direct routes. The dog-eat-dog traffic on these congested routes translates into bad driving. Not sure if awareness signs will ameliorate these drivers’ frustrated driving.

          • Drivers everywhere around the world are impatient. That’s nothing new and it’s not something we can fix.

            Subtle things, such as speed bumps, bumper strips, and clear delineations between “highways” vs. “roads” can help to encourage us to drive differently and more safely without us even realizing it.

            Driving from VA into the DC streets is a fairly pleasant experience. There are also very distinct transitions from fast moving “highway” to busy urban roads filled with obstacles. My original point is that those transitions don’t exist for MD drivers. Their routes into DC are a strange hybrid of parkways and urban streets in which they try to race into DC as quickly as possible. There’s nothing that encourages them to drive more safely on the streets since their entire route is a street and it doesn’t help that some busy DC streets actually resemble highways (ahem, New York Ave).

          • I live on 14th and work near L’enfant and the 395S entrance. I get to see how both drivers drive in DC. Your observation is spot on.

          • bw parkway is a highway that turns into ny ave which doesn’t seem to feel less like a highway until you get to 5th street nw.

    • Been there several times and never once saw a bike, weekdays and weekends… ???

  • The problem is that H St NE is a dangerous road to cyclists. For one, because it just happens to be one of the areas where drivers seem to be much more aggressive towards cyclists, and second because of the trolley tracks. I haven’t ridden on it in a few months, but unless they have clearly delineated some shared bike space and improved the signage, it is still one of the roads in DC that makes me most nervous to bike on.

    • It just happens to be one of the areas where drivers seem to be much more aggressive towards cyclists because it’s so close to Maryland!

      • I thought that much was obvious.

      • How on earth is H street ‘so close to Maryland’? You realize that east of the river is still DC, right???

        • No, I had no idea.

          From a driving point of view it is close. Like someone else said, H Street is one of the closest things PG county has to a highway into DC.

          • Also, if you look at the license plates of the vehicles tearing through H Street they’re mostly from MD.

        • It’s really not close at all. I commute on H street regularly and trust me, traffic would be MUCH worse if a significant amount of Marylanders were getting into the city that way.

          • Okay, then explain why so many crimes in Capitol Hill are invariably found to have been committed by a teenager from PG County?

          • Um…what does that have to do with H street’s geographical distance from Maryland? Look at a map.

          • Because Capitol Hill is directly south of H. Look at a map.

          • That’s not what we’re arguing about! The fact still stands that H street NE is not near Maryland. Geez just give up you are OBJECTIVELY WRONG.

        • H St. is actually pretty close to Md., relatively. Bladensburg Rd. leads out to the rt. 50 entrance, providing easy access to folks coming from area in the north-central part of the county along either rt. 50 or the B/W Pkwy.. B’burg Rd. also provides a direct route to Bladensburg/Mt. Rainier/Hyattsville area.. On the eastern flank, which is where I’d guess most commuters using H St. are going, it most certainly doesn’t take long at all to get from, say Capitol Heights, District Heights or Fairmont Heights to H St. via Sheriff Rd, to Minnesota Ave to Benning to H; or via E Capitol to Benning to H; or 295 to Bennington to H. The proximity of these suburbs to downtown via H St. accounts for the level of traffic it sees at rush hours

          • But it’s not like H street is in any way close to bordering Maryland. If we’re talking about ease of driving to Maryland, almost any place in DC could qualify. And as I said, I commute on H street daily at rush hour and the traffic isn’t in any way approaching that of actual Maryland-to-DC arteries, such as New York Avenue or Rhode Island Avenue. Having once lived in Woodridge near the Maryland border and now lived off of H street, the difference is like night and day, trust me.

  • They shouldn’t be banned but should be discouraged. I don’t notice an overwhelming amount of bikes on the sidewalk, but of course even a few can be annoying. On H street I always street bike until a block or so from my destination then hop to the sidewalk to finish it. For novice riders the tracks do present a serious risk, and without a bike lane and with parked cars everywhere I understand if some people only feel comfortable on the sidewalk.

    • I think the nature of biking on the sidewalk in general discourages most people from doing it. In addition to the pedestrians you have to navigate around uneven cracks and uneven concrete and other stuff that can make you fall.

  • The last time I rode on H Street I got my bike tire caught in the trolley tracks and it was terrifying. Someone mentioned that’s only a problem for “novice” bikers. What’s the pro biker solution?

    • Ride on I Street.

      • Yup. Even my scooter tire once got caught in the trolley track (that was “HOLY CRAPBALLS!” scary).
        I now ride down Florida, G, or I Street and then cut up the cross street that is closest to my destination and park at the corner. I can walk half a block.

        Besides, once the trolley is installed and running, there won’t be ANY room for bikers. It will be extremely dangerous and stupid to ride a bike on H after that.

    • Me too. I tried to cross the track perpendicularly and almost got thrown off the bike.

    • Cross the tracks at an angle.

    • Crossing the tracks at a wide angle (45 degrees or more), or better yet, perpendicularly. I also pull my handle bars up and “jump” over the tracks if convenient.

    • Yeah, its about the angles, never ride with your tire close and parallel to the track. This means going right down the center of the lane (which you should be doing to be seen anyway). I guess it isn’t so much novice bikers vs. pro bikers, its those with experience on tracks. Biking in downtown Portland can give you that experience (and let you observe many instances of when people do not have it).

      To the other commenter. When the trolley’s actually start running it will be only fractionally more dangerous. They move slow, driver is in the front, they will only run every fifteen minutes. Hardly any more dangerous than another car.

  • Yes!!! Please get the bikes off the sidewalks. They are a danger to pedestrians and make walking in the city nearly impossible.

  • Absolutely. And all sidewalks.

    • Yes! Bikes shouldn’t be on sidewalks at all unless it is contraflow on a one-way street and even then there is probably a better way than weaving through pedestrians. The street is there for a reason. If you’re going faster than walking, get in the street.

  • As a person who bike rides on the sidewalk on H, I’m kind of floored by the decision. I hope they don’t intend on implementing it until those bike lanes on G & I are in place. The reason we ride on the sidewalks is because I cannot tell you how many times I or a friend has gotten their tire stuck in the trolley tracks or was almost side swiped by a bus.

    We are doing it for our own safety and I’ve never heard any complaints about us riding on the sidewalks. Even if we did ride on G or I Street we’d still need to go up to H to get to where we needed to go (restaurant, bar or dry cleaner, etc. Unless you plan on installing a ton of bike racks along that route, because it’s definitely lacking.

    • Why can’t you just ride on I or G Streets until you hit the cross street closest to your final destination on H? Cut up the cross street to H, dismount, and then walk your bike one-half block to the your destination. You don’t even need bike lanes on G or I to make this a better route, though I certainly support installing them.

      Seems pretty simple, fast, and safe for everyone.

      • Not everyone is familiar with where all the bike paths are and wouldn’t know to do that.

        • You should never bike on the sidewalk, under any circumstances. Frankly it should illegal all throughout the district as it is in other major cities in this country.

          You can bike on a road if there’s no bike lane! There’s no issue there. Especially if it’s a one-way street.

          • it’s safer to ride in the road, and not the bike lane – especially in DC. The implementation here is absolutely terrible, and causes bikers to be in so many more potentially harmful situations than would exist if you road down the middle of a normal road lane. It’s absolutely crazy what they implement here, and also crazy that people think it is good or safe.

      • Go a block out of their way?? Pffffffff! It’s all about the bikers around here, didn’t you get the memo?? 🙂

      • I’m fine with taking G Street, don’t get me wrong, in fact I ride it a lot. But, there is a serious lack of places to lock up your bike in general, especially on the side streets.

        And I don’t think banning it will make the situation any better. If you ban riding on the sidewalk, most non-local riders won’t know to take G or I and will try to ride on H Street, which could cause injury.

    • Man i ride a road bike with the thinnest ctires out there ALL the time up and down H st

      you really just need to learn to navigate properly around tha tracks. not difficult at all

    • If you can’t/won’t ride in the street, then get off your bike and walk it on the sidewalk. It’s the only safe and non-asshole way to do it. Simple enough.

      (I want to shove a stick through the spokes of any dipshit riding a bike on the sidewalk. Sidewalks are not for bikes. Period.)

      • Although you may not agree with the law, it is legal to ride a bike on the sidewalk. And although not dictated by law, it is reasonable for a biker to slow down & be courteous.

  • I agree that bikers aren’t a huge problem on the sidewalks right now. However, once all the new apartment buildings start going in and the area becomes more densely populated, it will become more of a problem. I think a good solution is to encourage bikers to use I and G Sts and avoid H by banning biking on the sidewalk. Of course, biking on the sidewalk is already banned downtown and I nearly get mowed down by bike couriers on the sidewalk on a daily basis. I never see police enforcing this law there, so I doubt it would ever be enforced on H St either…

    • Biking on the sidewalk is a problem all over DC and should be stopped. This is a step in the right direction.

      • no it isn’t. thats just a ridiculous statement.

        • I think biking on sidewalks is already a serious problem. It sends a bad message about how bikes should operate, and it does get people hit, myself included. With the introduction of Capitol Bikeshare, we have many people riding bikes who have little knowledge or instinct and do not know how or where to behave when traveling at 20 mph.

  • Pedestrian space, pedestrian pace. Nothing wrong w/ riding, as long as you’re considerate and thoughtful about it.

  • Bikers shouldn’t be banned from the sidewalks in H street they should be banned from all sidewalks. Always funny to hear bikers say they ride on the side walks because they get abused by cars and buses in the street when these said bikers abuse pedestrians on the sidewalk in the same manner. Refreshing to walk around in cities like Boston and Chicago and not have to worry about being run over by a sidewalk biker going 20 mph down a hill.

  • I wish the police would enforce the existing rule banning bikes on sidewalks in the central business district, then move on to everywhere else. It is dangerous to do so, and I am a biker.

    • Yeah, I’ve seen an increase in the number of bikers in the Central Business District on sidewalks (albeit generally bike share riders that I’m guessing are touists). Be appreciated if the police enforced the rule.

  • Bikes should be banned from all sideWALKS.

    • should joggers be banned from side WALKS? how about strollers?
      there are plenty of sidewalks that have very little traffic in dc and it’s perfectly safe to bike on.
      when you get all extreme in calling for banning an activity everywhere, when it only presents danger is a few places, you’ve presented an unreasonable argument.

      • Joggers and especially strollers don’t go anywhere near as fast as bicyclists.
        Nor is there precedent for banning their use on sidewalks in certain areas, as is the case with bicycles.

      • two things –
        number one –
        when you encourage an action, such as biking on the sidewalk, then some people get it in their heads that bikers should always be on the sidewalks. There is a lot of hate in this city because of the perception that bikers SHOULD be on the sidewalks.
        Whether its an empty sidewalk or not, you need to bike in the road, so that people understand bicycles. If you don’t feel confident enough to bike in the road, then you certainly shouldn’t be riding on the sidewalk among people who are completely unprotected from your incompetence.
        number two-
        joggers and strollers lack something that a capable cyclist does not – significant momentum. Momentum is why bikes and cars actually behave almost identically – they cannot stop instantly, and they cannot make 90 degree turns. momentum also encourages continuous action in a different way – say, when driving a car, one doesn’t want to stop at a light because it is a very dramatic thing, psychologically, to do. People walking on the sidewalk are much more willing to stop or slow down and let others pass if it is narrow or there is a stroller, etc.

  • I both bike and walk all over DC, and I am very sympathetic with the drive to ban bike riding on sidewalks. Although H street isn’t really a problem, other areas of town are. In Columbia Heights there are a LOT of really fucking rude guys biking down the sidewalks way too fast, and not being polite/ yielding to walkers. I’ve personally seen a dude hit a woman on his bike…. and I was so pissed I almost punched him (he was small). While I generally don’t like additional laws preventing cyclists from doing whatever the hell they want to do, I would not mind if they passed a law banning bikes from many parts of DC. Then again, it’s not like the police would ever actually enforce those laws.

  • YES they should be baned from the sidewalks
    for one the sidewalks are not big to begin with

    in addition it rerally isnt hard at all to navigate H st even with the tracks

    if it is THAT hard for you to do just go up I st(one way) which should be much safer for those who cant get up and down H st

    • I have unfortunately had an accident with the H Street tracks – it is more dangerous to ride on a road with tracks, than one without, especially with them running parallel to the travel direction, you can get caught in them. I don’t think it is safer to ride on the sidewalk than a road with tracks though, and I support the ban. There are many dangers for biking on sidewalks that do not exist on roads.

  • I ride my bike all over of the city and never ride on the sidewalk…it’s not safe for me or the peds. Bikes should not be allowed on sidewalks. There should be a fine and it should be enforced. I have actually seen bikers with the nerve to ring their bike bell at peds while riding on the sidewalk. Bikers stay off the sidewalk!

    • Riding bikes on the sidewalk is legal (outside of CBD). Having a bike rider ring his/her bell as a “heads up” when passing is a sensible thing to do.

      • I disagree. When you ring the bell, you are asking someone to move out of your way. It implies that you have the right of way, and you don’t. Cyclists shouldn’t plow down city sidewalks (or multi-use trails) ringing their bells and shouting for everyone to get out of there way because they have somewhere to be. That is behavior reserved for the road.

        • And I disagree with your implication that bell ringing = get out of the way. Let’s leave it at that.

          • so when you ring your bell, you don’t expect people to move? You are just ringing your bell so they know you are behind them, and will stay back there until the sidewalk is wide enough to pass? IF it is already wide enough, and you are passing at a sidewalk-appropriate speed of 3mph, why would you need a bell to alert people? Pedestrian’s don’t need bells to alert other pedestrians they are present. Let’s leave it at that.

  • Definitly

  • I don’t get it, sooner or later you have to ride on the sidewalk to get to your final destination/bike rack. What’s so different about H St NE that bikes need to be banned but not on U St, Eastern Market or any other area outside of the central business district?

    • You should be riding on the sidewalk for either half a block or not at all. Even if it is not yet illegal in all parts of the city, you should know better and have the common courtesy not to bike on the sidewalk.

      • Yes Santos, I should have better sense to follow the rules that allows bicyclist on the sidewalks outside of the CBD.

    • If there’s no curb cut or other way to access your rack mid-block, you can walk your bike the last bit that involves the sidewalk.

      • dismantling at the intersections causes a bottleneck and walking your bike takes up more room than slowly peddling on it. Especially the bikes with the kids on it. Are parents really going to unload their families or walk a bike with a trailer to the middle of the block? Police officers should just enforce safety rules and remind people they need to share the sidewalks. I’m sure there is a rule on the books about hitting a pedestrian with a bike, enforce them.

        • I’ve been hit from behind by a kid on a bike. There was no enforcement. Bikes should not be ridden on the sidewalk.

        • ‘dismantling’? Does this mean that you are one of those folks who stops their bike in the middle of the crosswalk, falls off it, then starts walking it?

          You can get off your bike and walk it in a classy fashion. Just keep practicing, you’ll figure it out.

          I’m not worried about you peddling your bike on the sidewalk, I’m worried about you falling on me, and I’m worried about the example and precedent that you set, which is, that bikes can or should be ridden on a sidewalk. I bike between 5 and 25 miles a day in the city, and it wouldn’t be possible on sidewalks, at 3 miles an hour, but alot of people want that to be the law, and your actions just encourage it.

    • normally you can bike in the street to a pole or bike rack, then just get off and lift your bike over the curb. occasionally the gap between parked cars is small, but rarely small enough to require you to lift a bike over the car. if this is the case, you can go one or two cars down and find a bigger gap. if the bike rack is full, then you can walk with your bike looking for bike parking. there are a very small percentage of roads are arterial roads out of the city where this can be more problematic because you don’t want to stop your bike with an SUV barreling at you at 35 mph, but just get off at an intersection and walk for 20 seconds.

      this public service announcement brought to you by a biker against sidewalk biking.

      • agreed. how do you feel about ‘on road’ bike parking – and I’m not talking about what they put at 7+G NW, in the middle of an intersection, where you have to load your bike out into bus traffic to get off the rack.

  • From what I can gather, there are parts of DC where there are few pedestrians, and where riding in traffic is very difficult. People routinely ride in traffic on wide sidewalks on parts of M street southeast, for example. It does not make sense to ban sidewalk riding in every part of the city (city of alexandria has recently relaxed their ban on sidewalk riding, BTW)

    It may well make sense to ban it on H Street, which has sidewalk conditions more similar to downtown, and will soon have bike lanes on the parallel streets. But that does not mean it should be banned everywhere.

    • Agree. Another example = 16th St NW has wide sidewalks and I believe it is more sensible to ride on the sidewalk going uphill near Meridian Hill Park than to ride on the road. Going south I keep up with the flow of traffic. Going north, I’d be holding up traffic needlessly.

  • I work downtown where biking on the sidewalks is illegal. I walk my bike from my parking garage half a block to a street that goes in my direction of travel as the garage empties onto a one way street going a different way. I deserve compensation for the extreme inconvenience of having to walk half a block. Let me ride my bike, or give me a damn medal for this half a block walk. Are we clear? I refuse to believe that walking half a block as a cyclist is something I should ever have to put up with…EVER! I would ring my bell at all these people on these crowded sidewalks if it were legal to do so. But since it’s not, I am forced to walk with them. Oh the tyranny.

    • Exactly. Some people are just so entitled. Walk your bike half a block, it takes 30 seconds and is hardly a burden.

  • As a frequent pedestrian on H Street I haven’t had much of a problem with bikes on the sidewalk, and as a frequent cyclist around H Street I avoid the sidewalks (and the road) like the plague. I’m not for or against this proposal, but if it is implemented it should only be after bike lanes have been installed on G and I Street, possibly with signs or road markings directing cyclists to these lanes. One of the main points of putting in the G and I lanes is that cycling on H Street is dangerous, and a sidewalk ban may just increase bikes in the roadway if G and I are not promoted as more attractive options.

    • Yes, that is the idea behind the motions passed by ANCs 6A and 6C – establish the sidewalk biking restriction once attractive, safer biking alternatives exist on G Street and I Street.

  • they need to put the bikeshare stations in the road if they ever want to accomplish this, and they should, anyways. if bikes are replacing cars, why aren’t we directly replacing ‘on road’ car parking with ‘on road’ bike parking?

  • Take 20% of all public space currently allocated for the operation and storage of cars (ie “street parking”) and allocate it for bicycle travel and parking. Bike-Ped conflicts are a symptom of the larger problem that the private automobile has pretty much been given a monopoly on public space.

  • bikes should be banned on all sidewalks. as easy as that. would a bike lane be preferable yes, but in the meantime co-exist with the cars and tracks. if you are afraid of the cars and tracks you might want to consider not biking in the city.

    i grew up biking in Koln and Amsterdam at a time when both cities didn’t have many bike lanes but both had tram tracks and actual trams traveling on them, plus cars and way more bikes than here. are cars more used to bikes over in Europe? yes, but also bikers are more used to traffic than here where a lot of bikers just want to be shielded from any harm.

    • i just went for a bike ride today and rode on the sidewalks. i didn’t bother anyone. so what if i want to be shielded from the harm of cars? within my neighborhood, i always ride on the street because the sidewalks are too narrow. but i will continue to do it on sidewalks when i’m not bothering pedestrians. especially in areas where roads are treated like highways.

      and yes, you’re a better biker than me with a better pedigree. congratulations. you win.

  • You all smell like piss and are wrong. Banning healthy activities is stupid. Ban smoking on sidewalks.

  • The actions desired by the H Street ANCs are a set of solutions from the City.

    H Street is dangerous for cyclists. Many injuries have taken place, many bikes damaged. So we’ve sought solutions. Obviously we need better routes for cyclists, so the solution is I and G Streets where we propose contraflow bike lanes combined with sharrows in the main traffic lanes.

    We have asked that the uneven road surfaces be repaired to avoid bikes jinking to avoid potholes and bumps.

    We have asked for much more visible signage on H Street, warning people of the danger of the tracks. More signs need to be posted on poles and they need to be painted on the roadway.

    Both ANCs have been working on traffic calming measures for Maryland Avenue which will include bike lanes – another alternative to H Street for those headed to the Hill, Navy Yard or Federal Center SE. There is a traffic study working on Florida Avenue, with an immediate calming measure, the application of paint for bike lanes and the compression of two commuting lanes down to one each way (east of Gallaudet University).

    With these alternatives about to become available, there will be no reason for cyclists to seek shelter on the narrow H Street sidewalks.

    We now have five CaBi stations on H Street plus another coming to 11th Street. We will also be requesting more bike stands for H Street. Bikes are an essential solution to commuters and to the customers of H Street.

    So, we want the bikes. We want to expedite commuting. We want to make it easy to be a customer at our restaurants, stores, galleries and taverns. But we don’t want people riding bikes on highly dangerous H Street or bowling over people on the too narrow sidewalks.

  • It would be a waste of time and money to ask the police to enforce this. Once proper bike lanes are placed on parallel routes, bikers will have even less incentive to bike down H. The ones who do bike down H will likely be traveling shorter distances, like between businesses, and will be less of an issue. It would be insane to bike 14 blocks down H when the other two bike lanes will provide much faster and safer routes.

  • I totally oppose this proposed ban for five reasons.

    First, there are four Capital Bikeshare stations on H St NE and most people ride up onto the sidewalk to access them and ride off the sidewalk to pull away from them.

    Second, riding a bike in traffic on H St is nightmarish. If someone is biking to a location on H, turns onto H to get there, are they supposed to (a) ride in the street to the middle of the block, dismount, then lift their bike over the curb to lock it up, (b) dismount and walk their bike up the block to said location or (c) ride on the sidewalk for half a block? Which option do you think most people will be likely to take? Should everyone who chooses (c) face a fine?

    Third, there is a bike shop on H St that allows buyers to test ride, those customers might face legal reprecussions from doing such (which may cost that store potential business…nothing says “I don’t want to buy a bike” like getting a ticket as soon as you roll one out the door).

    Fourth, foot traffic on H is fairly sparse during the day and bicycles can safely be ridden (rode?) on
    the sidewalk without impacting pedestrians, generally.

    Fifth, how would any of the aforementioned persons be informed of the change in law, which would only affect one 12 block stretch (foot of the Hopscotch Bridge to Benning?) in the middle of a large residential
    area in which sidewak riding is otherwise legal? Signage? Would someone rolling their bike up on the sidewalk just to access the Bikeshare station, which is on sidewalks up and down H St, see these signs as they are coming in from the street?

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