There is a lot of police activity and tv presence in front of Kapnos on 14th and W street [around 8:30pm]. Just spoke with a cop who said it was a hit-and-run. Guy hit a bicyclist, took off, resulting in a police chase. The driver was under the influence.”
“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced it will begin installing a protected bike lane (also known as a cycle track) on M Street NW starting on or about Monday, November 25, weather permitting.
The cycle track, with a buffer of parked cars and flexible posts, will span over a mile on the north side of M Street NW between 14th and 28th Streets and will serve as the westbound compliment to the eastbound cycle track on L Street NW. On the 1500 block of M Street NW, the lane will be installed as a “traditional” bike lane. Green paint will also be used for much of the block to increase the visibility of the lane.
Ed. Note: Last night a van parked in the L Street cycle track, check out the interesting debate that followed here.
Noticed this @ 14th/F NW – first time I’ve seen this. Is this a new initiative?”
We spoke a bit about this in September when a reader asked if MPD impounded bikes. Bike owners have 10 days to remove their bikes after the warning is posted. In subsequent messages with DDOT, they tell me that the bikes are then held in their W Street, NE yard for an additional 10 days in case an owner claims the bike. If they are not claimed, most bikes go to recycling since most of them are in such bad shape (missing wheels, handlebars, mangled etc.) it is not feasible to donate them.
“Thought of the post from Wed. about the 15th Street bike lane when I passed this MPD vehicle parked in the cycle track just north of K St. It was parked there from at least 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (the two times I passed), so this wasn’t any quick stop, either.
Wish MPD was enforcing, not violating. Anyway, thanks for your previous posting on this issue.”
Thanks to another reader for sending the shot below from the newly repaved 15th Street bike lane”
We found a nice bicycle carefully stashed behind our trash and recycling cans in the alley this morning.
Serotta Colarado III road bike- yellow and blue, red handle bar with cruise bar, water bottle, tire pump etc. The bike has been turned over to the 4th district police at 6001 Georgia Ave. We hope it is reunited with its rightful owner.”
“The Bike Rack is offering free hot coffee for bicycle commuters Wednesday morning, October 16th from 7:30 am until approximately 9:00 am. We will be at the corner of 14th and Q, NW handing out free cups of Peregrine coffee as you make your way into work. Look for our banner, stop by and have a cup of joe on us!”
I thought this was very cool. From CycloMend’s website:
“We maintain a network of local, independent, mobile mechanics that work on your bike where you want, when you want. Not only do we help you find the right mechanic, we also streamline the scheduling process, handle payments, source parts and make sure you pay a fair price…all for about the same prices as a bike shop.”
Overnight [October 11th] my sister’s friend’s bike got its two tires stripped on the 700 block of Hamilton Street, NW. It had been on the porch for almost two weeks no problems. In hindsight it was horrible idea to have it on the front porch for so long. If anybody has seen anything we would appreciate if you guys could call (786) 247-6179. Tips for handling this situation are appreciated as well. Is it worth filing a report with the Police?”