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Another Bicycle Crash at 13th and Florida Ave, NW

by Prince Of Petworth May 12, 2016 at 9:02 am 26 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Miki J.

Readers report just before 8:45am:

“There was another bike accident at the corner of 13th and Florida Ave a little before 8am this morning. It appeared the biker fell off his bike and a car was not involved. Please be careful at that intersection folks!​”


“Another bad bike accident at 13th and Florida this morning. No car involved this time. Apparently, the bumps in the road caused the biker to lose control. He was really beat up and being loaded into the ambulance on a backboard when I walked by.”

  • Old guy

    I have seen this happen more than once at that intersection myself. The road is uneven and at speed many cyclists are not prepared for how forceful the jolts are at the bottom of the hill.

  • Brad

    Cyclists be aware – this intersection is deadly, and it’s a dangerous temptation to cruise freely down the steep hill!

    Just approaching and beyond the intersection, on 13th st, there are sharp humps in the pavement that are basically invisible to cyclists. These humps are severe enough to easily buck a rider from their bike or scooter if the rider were to ride over any of them at speed without anticipating. Essentially, landmines to speeding cyclists. Please be careful!

    • JS

      Those humps are big enough to be pretty nasty in a car, let alone on a bike.

      • Anonymous

        Nasty for a car exceeding the speed limit. They are there to slow cars the heck down, and cars flying down that hill is also a real issue at this intersection. Unfortunately, if I recall, the paint that is meant to indicate their presence has worn off.

        • JS

          I’m not referring to the speed bumps – what I’m referring to is the heaved pavement at the bottom of the hill (think small moguls) that I can’t image is intentionally placed where it is. The speed bump paint is still kind of visible, but could certainly use a new coat.

          • Anon

            I believe it’s the result of buckling pavement from heavy trucks coming to a stop at that intersection.

          • Anonymous

            JS–Sorry. Show’s how much I avoid that intersection.

  • Daniel

    God help this poor cyclist. Folks: 14th street, 11th street and Sherman Ave. are much more manageable than 13th.

  • You Street

    It is disgraceful that DDOT has not assessed this death trap of an intersection. If they can’t repave, they should at least paint warning stripes on those bumps. It would take less than an hour, cost less than a few hundred dollars, and save lives. Vision zero, anyone?

    • mmm

      She promised vision, not action.

      • Anon

        “She promised vision zero, not action”
        Corrected that for you

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, re-painting them would be a great idea, and then a more permanent fix. After the last bike accident they had one of those speed indicators set up in the middle of the road on 13th for cars coming down that hill.

    • textdoc

      More like zero vision.

      • HaileUnlikely

        In some places they actually enforce zero vision. At an intersection in Takoma that I noted on the interactive “Vision Zero” map that had a problem with vehicles never yielding to pedestrians at an uncontrolled intersection because the main road was overly wide and people drove very fast through it, they addressed the issue by installing ginormous STOP FOR PEDS IN CROSSWALK signs in the sidewalk at just the right height to obscure the pedestrians’ view of oncoming traffic and drivers’ view of pedestrians whose entire torso and head is obscured by the stupid sign.

        • Pixie

          The Cedar/Blair/4th Street cluster-f*ck? That intersection is the worst. And that sign does nothing.

          • HaileUnlikely

            I meant along Dahlia crossing Piney Branch. I agree that the one at Cedar/Blair/4th isn’t helpful but it doesn’t obstruct my view either, perhaps because I ignore the crosswalk there due to the crazy geometry in the interest of staying where I can see the cars and they can see me.

  • SaraEP

    Ok, so it’s just beyond the intersection. I looked on google maps street view to see if I could locate them and it looks like someone’s wheel cover has popped off on a spot with uneven looking pavement. (image dated Aug 2014)

  • A

    How DC has not fixed these bumps/risdges at this intersection is beyond me. I’ve tried flagging for Councilmember Nadeua yet no action. I’ve almost lost control of my car before! Hope everyone is ok.

    • textdoc

      I haven’t had any luck with Councilmember Nadeau’s constituent services. Try contacting one of the Ward 1 MOCR (Mayor’s Office for Community Relations) reps; in my experience, they’re much more effective.

  • Anon

    Could the humps be a result of heavy vehicles braking on hot asphalt (e.g. in the summer)? This frequently causes buckling of the road. If this is the case, then there really is no way to permanently remove the humps unless you ban heavy vehicles and hot weather. So, perhaps bright paint and plenty of highly visible warning signs may help. Signs and paint are cheap and easy. Hopefully, City Hall can’t say no to that.

    • Anon

      I don’t think 13th is typically a frequent through street for heavy trucks. I’d guess this happened as a result of the Cardozo renovation, which should be finished at this point. As such, I wouldn’t expect too many large trucks to pass through this intersection from here on out, so it should be fixable. (At the same time, with all the ongoing construction around 14th, perhaps truckers are using 13th to turn around?)

      • Caroline

        I live one block from this intersection and I can affirm that heavy trucks DO use 13th and this hill all the time. In rain, heat, snow, and ice, too. It’s terrible. Cardozo’s construction finished maybe 3 years ago, now. These buckles in the road are from after that, I think.

  • KingmanParkRes

    Nothing a can of spray paint can’t fix.

    • DRC

      This was my thought. Or go as far as that one dude who was spray painting penises on potholes, which got them repaired very quickly.

      • ***

        If there ever was a time for graffiti peen, this would be the time.

  • Paul

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