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From DPW:

“The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) announced today that beginning February 29, 2020, the agency will issue $150 tickets to any motorist improperly standing, stopping or parking in a bike lane.

DPW has increased its bike lane enforcement program by mobilizing 26 new Parking Enforcement Officers (PEO’s) and giving the entire PEO team–now nearly 300 strong–the ability to photograph vehicles blocking bike lanes. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

There’s a lot of cyclists on PoPville and would love to get some advice on what type of bicycle to buy.

I live adjacent to the C&O canal path, so would like to get something that works well on gravel paths. Further, I have a baby and would eventually like to start commuting with the kid. And, finally, I am interested in overnight bike touring. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

From DDOT:

“1,500 new e-bikes will include new locking technology allowing parking outside of docks

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and its six partner jurisdictions announced that e-bikes will return to the Capital Bikeshare system this spring with a new mobile app experience that will include a hybrid locking technology.

“The return of the e-bikes is part of Mayor Bowser’s ongoing effort to improve active transportation and mobility in the District,” said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. “These new and improved e-bikes will allow Capital Bikeshare riders to lock the bikes to bike racks at their destination, allowing unprecedented accessibility across all eight wards of the District.”

The 1,500 e-bikes will be added to the existing Capital Bikeshare fleet in a phased roll out throughout the spring. Read More

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Bike lockers at Eastern Market

“Dear PoPville,

I’m looking for some advice regarding safe, indoor overnight bicycle parking in DC. I carpool into work and keep my bike in the office to ride around during the day, but I was recently told I couldn’t store it overnight there any longer.

Are there any safe, indoor spaces to park a bike overnight and on weekends in DC? Preferably close to the downtown area if possible.

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“Dear PoPville,

More 14th street construction drama…

After almost a year of construction and untold millions, DDOT has effectively turned the bike lanes next to the curb bulb outs on 14th St NW into long term street parking. Here’s Saturday afternoon with three vehicles parked in the lane with engines off and no drivers inside (see above). Obviously any enforcement is out of the question. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

11th Street is a known cyclists’ highway, with hundreds of cyclists heading south in the mornings. The place where 11th street meets Vermont Ave is a T-intersection, meaning that southbound traffic coming from Vermont Ave must turn either left or right onto 11th street. This seems to give 11th street cyclists the impression that the traffic light at this intersection can be ignored. When Vermont Ave traffic has a green light, meaning 11th street traffic has a red light, cyclists traveling south on 11th will blow right through their red light, into the intersection while cars and cyclists are trying to merge from Vermont. Almost never do they bother to slow down or even glance over to see if cars (or cyclists!) are coming before running the red light. Read More

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Multiple readers reported around 5pm yesterday (Wednesday):

“H street closed. Cyclist being strapped into gurney *right* in front of the H street ghost bike. Report is she hit the tram tracks, went over the handlebars, and was subsequently struck by a car. Driver fled. some signs of movement but blood everywhere. Head injuries. Helmet crushed. clearly not good, and on way to hospital. Really Not good. Heart goes out.”

When we spoke about this @PoPville on twitter right after it happened many obviously wished the victim well and also urged a warning like Simon: Read More

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Bruh

Jay sends the above from SW: “Almost got run over by a biker when clearly there was no reason to be on a sidewalk.”

And Frank sends the shot below from Georgetown: “A contender for the Jack Evans Park Anywhere Award.” Read More

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Photo by Anthony Bravo

Thanks to Anthony for sending: “M St NE cycle track in NoMa getting a little extra protection today.”


Photo by Adam Hlava

Thanks to Adam for solving the Union Station Without Remorse filming query: “Confirmed Michael B. Jordan filming at Union Station now”

And now, sadly, the bad and the ugly: Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

This triple trike was stolen from my backyard in Shaw. I don’t think they could have gotten very far cause the chain was rusted, and I had just taken it outside so I could tune it up. It’s pretty easy to spot, I feel like your readers will know where it is. It was meant to be our main mode of transportation for the 4 of us in the spring (I was also just about to add the baby seat that I bought for it).”

Ed. Note: Please email any sightings to [email protected] and I’ll pass on to OP. Thanks.

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