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by Prince Of Petworth — June 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm 8 Comments

“Dear PoPville,

Found this model of bike in front of a vacant house down the street from us in Adams Morgan. It had a flat tire and was unsecured – we assumed it might have been stolen, then dumped after it got the flat.

We’ve posted it to a number of bicycle-related groups with no luck. Before turning it into the MPD, we wanted to try to find the owner here. We’re both bicyclists and know how much it sucks to have your bike stolen – we would love to reunite this bike with its person! (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth — June 15, 2017 at 12:30 pm 18 Comments

“Dear PoPville,

You think you had a bad day? Listen to this… On 6/14 I was woken up by my alarm clock, which is odd, because usually my dog wakes me up 30 min before that goes off. I get out of bed to discover my dog is on the floor, shaking and having trouble breathing. I rush her to the vet. The vet says she’s stable and breathing, but they want to hold her for the day.

I go home, shower, get ready for work (for the last month, on top of my job responsibilities, I’ve been filling in for my co-worker who has been out, so I’ve been crazy busy). I’m running late at this point, but I’m still shaken up because of my dog, so I don’t really care (and I knew my boss would understand). I go to the garage in the basement of my building to get my bike, only to discover it is not there. Some asshole broke into my apartment complex, made his way to the garage, and stole my bike. It’s a 2011 Schwinn Merge hybrid bike (photo above.) (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth — June 8, 2017 at 1:45 pm 1 Comment

“Dear PoPville,

Mine was taken from Dupont & Connecticut last week and has super sentimental value (it’s covered in stickers from my cross-country ride this summer). It’s so identifiable, so I figured the more eyes on Craig’s List/Eastern Market/the streets, the better.”

If you happen to spot it please comment here or email [email protected] and I’ll pass on to OP.

by Prince Of Petworth — June 7, 2017 at 10:00 am 7 Comments

via Capital Bikeshare

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) unveiled the first key fob dispensing Capital Bikeshare station in the District of Columbia.

The new technology allows Bikeshare members to pick up a fob at the station, instead of waiting for new or replacement fobs to arrive via mail.

The new station is located at 15th Street NW and M Street NW, an intersection with two protected bike lanes. With this station, DC joins Arlington and Montgomery County who have already launched key fob dispensing at select stations.

To find other key fob dispensing stations, visit the Capital Bikeshare system map. The black fob decal indicates key fob dispensing stations.

Riders will also notice new map panels at Bikeshare Stations. The maps features: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth — May 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

From an email:

via Bikes for the World

“Donate your unused bikes (and sewing machines)

Annies ACE Hardware is hosting a bike collection for Bikes for the World (BFTW) and is offering a free $20 gift card for each adult bike donated.

BFTW is a DC-based organization that has collected and distributed 125,000 bikes to 20 countries in the past 10 years. BFTW’s mission is to make quality used bicycles and parts affordable and available to lower income people and select institutions in developing countries, to enhance their lives and livelihoods through better transport. It also works to generate skilled employment in bicycle repair and maintenance overseas, and to provide satisfying environmental and humanitarian community service opportunities for volunteers in the United States.

This year Annies ACE will host BFTW collections June 10 at both of their DC stores (see below) What we will collect: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth — May 24, 2017 at 1:45 pm 20 Comments

“Dear PoPville,

DDOT has reconfigured the bike land on G Street NW at GAO so that for 2/3 of the block it runs behind back-in parking with no physical barriers. As you might expect, this means cars back right into the bike lane and park, making the bike lane dangerous and unusable.

Update: Barriers appeared today.

Problem 1: The barriers are only placed where there are official parking spaces, not directly in front of GAO, where people frequently park. As a result:

Problem 2: The barriers aren’t secured in any way and they are light – I moved one just by tapping it with my foot. As a result, many of the barriers have already been pushed back from where they were placed:

It won’t take long for the barriers to be in the bike lane itself.”

by Prince Of Petworth — May 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm 15 Comments

via google maps

“Dear PoPville,

I wanted to alert you to a potential traffic issue I’ve been noticing more than more. There’s a very weird intersection around the southwest corner of Union Station, where the cabs/cars/buses that have dropped off people in the front come out to either Mass Ave (turning left or right) or going straight down E Street. If you look at the map, though, there’s also a small lane that comes out of First Street NE. The traffic lights are not well angled, so when the Union Station lane gets the red light, the First Street lane gets green, but I’ve seen several times cars (cabs in particular) from Union Station mistaking the second green as theirs, and driving out. What’s worse is that there are generally a lot of bicyclists in the First Street lane, and I worry eventually someone will get hit.”

by Prince Of Petworth — May 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm 7 Comments

“Dear PoPville,

My husband’s beautiful bike was stolen from our porch on Allison Street in Michigan Park in the early morning on 5/16. Unfortunately, only the back wheel was locked–not the frame–so the guy took the bike and left the wheel (but came prepared with his own back wheel!). It is a matte green Momentum iNeed STREET bike with a bright orange Yepp child carrier on the back and metal basket in front. If you happen to see this bike (or the thief in the video), please contact me at tracy.higgens(at)gmail.com. We’ve filed a police report and learned our lesson on proper locking.”

Videos of theft in action here and here.

by Prince Of Petworth — May 16, 2017 at 11:45 am 1 Comment


A reader just found this bike in Columbia Heights. If it’s yours email me at [email protected] and I’ll put you in touch with OP.

Side note: Anyone else find this to be a really beautiful photo?


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