contes bike shop
1331 4th Street , SE

Another way to burn off all that fast casual coming too! Thanks to a reader for sending from the Arris building. Conte’s website says:

“We are excited to announce that Conte’s Bike Shop will be opening a store in Washington, D.C.! Just like the other Conte’s locations, this location in the Yards will offer bicycles and accessories from prominent brands such as Giant, Liv, Cannondale, BMC and more. Our D.C. location will also stock electric bikes from Stromer, Cannondale, and Giant.”

16th & Newton NW

A reader reports:

“Earlier today – saw the aftermath of crash at 16th and Newton. I haven’t seen anything on the news about this – hope the biker is ok! The ambulance drove away slowly – good sign or bad sign? and (preempting possible PoPville comments!):

Didn’t see license plate therefore can’t tell if it was a MD driver. There is a bike helmet in the road so presumably the biker was wearing a helmet (not shown in photo because I cropped the people out)”

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Photo courtesy Washington Area Bicyclist Association

From an email:

“Stop on by 4th and S St NE pocket park on the Metropolitan Branch Trail this Friday for our monthly coffee hour – the WABA Trail Ranger team will be out handing out free coffee and trail updates!

Its a great chance to chat with the trail community and looking at the weather [fingers crossed], it should be a delightful morning to be outside. We will be setup 7:00 am – 9:00 am.”

2017-course

From DC Bike Ride:

“DCBR 2017 will be held on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Reg Opens Thursday, Jan 12!

New for 2017:

LONGER & IMPROVED COURSE
– 20 scenic miles starting in West Potomac Park, riding past some of D.C.’s most iconic sights and finishing on Pennsylvania Avenue in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol*
MORE ENTERTAINMENT – Multiple stage performances at the Finish Festival, plus fun entertainment acts on the course
KIDS RIDE FREE – Kids, ages 3-7, or “Ride-Alongs,” are FREE.

*Course is subject to change. Any changes will be posted on our site and will also be available at Packet Pick-Up.”

bikehouseinaction

From an email:

“The Bike House is a non-profit, volunteer run community organization that brings bike repair clinics to neighborhoods around DC. With your support, we held 94 events around the city in 2016 including our clinics and classes in Petworth, Bloomingdale, and Anacostia.

We’re getting together for our end of the year celebration and fundraiser to say a big thank you to our community, guests, and volunteers. Come join us at Zeba Bar in Columbia Heights (3423 14th St NW) on December 10th from 5-9pm. A $10 donation (online or at the door) gets you in the door and a raffle ticket.

We are 100% volunteer run so all proceeds from our fundraiser will go directly to supporting our bike clinics and classes. Our raffle is made possible by the generosity of the good folks at Big Bear Cafe, Yoga Heights, The Pub & The People, Glen’s Garden Market – Dupont, Colony Club, CRISP Kitchen + Bar, and REI. Raffle starts at 8pm!

With your support, we can continue to maintain our tools, provide basic supplies, and fulfill our mission to build a place where people can learn about, work on, and enjoy bikes.”

14th

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…”

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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.”

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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.”

mt

“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…)

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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.

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

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

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

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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!”