A reader reports:

“new lanes are getting painted on 14th street above Florida Avenue. Now one lane either direction with a bike lane. That’s going to make traffic better…”

14th and Florida looking north

Last week DDOT explained a bit about the plans:

“DDOT is adding bike lanes to 14th Street NW between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road, closing a gap in the city’s longest stretch of bike lanes.

To make room for bike lanes, the project reduces 14th Street from four lanes to two, plus a center turn lane. This “road-diet” configuration improves safety for motor vehicles by taking turning cars out of the way of cars going straight, and our extensive traffic analysis shows that it will not add to congestion.”

via google maps

Ed. Note: On Twitter another reader reported the incident to us around 9:30am

“Dear PoPville,

Just wanted to let you know about another bad car vs. bike crash at 13th and Florida NW this morning. The cyclist was riding fast down the hill on 13th heading south, and a cab never saw her and made a right turn from 13th onto Florida and cut her off. Cyclist tried to brake and swerve and went over her handlebars into the cab at fairly high speed. Fortunately from an initial look it looks like she will probably be OK, but she had a lot of facial injuries and probably a broken bone or two in her arm.

A few bystanders and I kept the victim calm while MPD and EMS were on their way. They arrived quickly and were extremely helpful and professional.

This was clearly the cab driver’s fault–he should have seen her coming and not made the turn. Just want to spread the word to everyone who goes through that intersection to exercise extreme caution. This is at least the 4th serious accident to occur there in the last year or so. Drivers need to be aware of the possibility of fast-moving cyclists as they go through the intersection, and cyclists, even though it’s not their fault, need to anticipate unaware drivers cutting them off.”


“Dear PoPville,

On Oct.22nd btw 5-5:30pm at F and 10th Street, NW in front of Madame Tussaud’s my daughter was hit by a male riding a bicycle. He did not stop, just hit and ran.

This thoughtless act resulted in her having a broken elbow. She required surgery: a metal plate implanted. Next to her Physical Therapy to regain full range of motion.

Accidents happen. But to hit, run and be so uncaring is What…. I don’t know how to describe such behavior. (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

Anyone try the new Zagsters out? Where else have you seen them around town?

Zagster’s website says about the bikes:

“Comfortable, safe and easy to ride.

Zagster’s cruiser bicycles feature eight gears, automatic lights, a bell and a handy front basket.

Our standard cruiser is 30% lighter than the typical bike-share bike.

Every Zagster bike is custom-built with components that last long and are easy to replace.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

From an email:

“Make sure your bike commute to work takes you down 14th street tomorrow for some free coffee!

The Bike Rack in partnership with Peregerine Espresso is offering Free HOT coffee for bicycle commuters Wednesday morning, November 16 from 7:30 am until approximately 9:30 am. We will be at the corner of 14th and Q, NW handing out free cups of coffee as you make your way into work or wherever you are headed.

Bring your own travel mug or grab one of our cups. Look for our banner, stop by and have a cup of joe on us!”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

“Dear PoPville,

I don’t know who you all were, but thank you. I fell off my bike on H St this morning after [Sunday] getting a tire caught in the tracks and was totally disoriented and scared when all I could see was blood dripping from my head. Thank you in particular to the man who put pressure on the cut until the ambulance arrived. I’m so impressed by and thankful for my DC community that doesn’t hesitate to jump in and help. I wish I could repay you all.


From The Bike Rack:

Night Tour with DC Cycling Concierge

Yes we are pretty spoiled. We live among some of the most iconic sights in the country and the world. While almost all of us have been on the mall more times than we care to count, biking around the city at night brings a magical perspective to our great city. And chances are there will be several spots and maybe a few stops that you haven’t been to before (and/or always wondered what the deal was). (more…)


From WABA:

“Join WABA and at-large D.C. Councilmember Elissa Silverman on Veterans Day for a ride on the newly opened segment of the Anacostia River Trail!

The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens trail segment was a missing link in a network of 60 miles of trail between the District and Maryland. It connects Benning Road in the District with the Bladensburg Waterfront Park, creating a much more pleasant and safe route for cyclists who commute between Prince George’s County and the District. The trail also provides walkers, bicyclists, and nature lovers access to scenic stretches of the Anacostia River where one can regularly see egrets, eagles, deer, and other wildlife. (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Pablo Raw

From an email:

What: The 8th Annual DC Tweed Ride and Jazz-Age Jam

WhenSunday, November 6, 2016. Ride is 12-4 pm, party 5:30-9 pm.

Where: The ride’s meeting location is TBA. The party will be at Roofers Union in Adams Morgan.
The 8th Annual DC Tweed Ride and Jazz-Age Jam is this Sunday, November 6! Roll through the beautiful streets of DC with hundreds of dapper cyclists for a retro-styled fall celebration that has become a DC tradition since its 2009 debut. Following the ride, we’ll gather at Roofers Union in Adams Morgan for a jazz-age jam starring New York’s Dandy Wellington and His Band. The ride is free (but pre-registration is required), and the party’s cover is $20, or $42.50 with food.”


From The Bike Rack:

“Brookland neighbors, don’t be down about the #SafeTrack metro closure. Celebrate by biking to work!

We’ll be handing out FREE Filter coffee to bike commuters on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Stop by our table on the Met Branch Trail outside our Brookland location from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Bring your own travel mug or grab one of our cups. Look for our signs, stop by and have a cup of joe on us!”