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“Dear PoPville,

On Saturday, June 5th at roughly 2:00pm my boyfriend and I came across a cyclist who had just been hit by a car (or he possibly hit the car, that part is unclear). This was at the intersection of Lincoln and Franklin NE near the Edgewood Rec center and Greenwood Cemetery. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

I was parking and clipped a biker in Columbia Heights. He swerved but kept going and i tried to follow him on foot (I was a little flustered and apparently didn’t remember that I had a car and could follow him- which admittedly prob also would have been sketchy). I want to see if his bike is damaged or if there is anything I can do. I bike a lot so I am mortified i was that person.”

If this was you and would like to speak to OP please email me at [email protected] and I’ll put you in touch.

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced plans for a new two-way cycle track on the east side of 9th Street NW, adding a 1.6 mile protected bike lane connecting Florida Avenue/U Street NW to the north and Pennsylvania Avenue to the south.

“This project will make our city safer and travel Downtown more accessible,” said Mayor Bowser. “With the 9th Street cycle track we are improving DC’s infrastructure to make it safer, more sustainable, and more efficient for everyone who travels through this corridor.”

A new 9th Street NW protected bike lane will significantly expand safe bicycling infrastructure on the eastern side of downtown. Ten percent of all trips originating in the Shaw neighborhood are by bicycle, more than double the average bike trips District-wide. The bike lane will provide a critical north-south connection for cyclists to downtown, in an area that does not currently have any designated bike lanes. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

Had a really weird bike theft incident and was curious if anyone has experienced a similar situation before. Last Saturday night (5/1), I’d left my bike locked up for a few hours outside a friend’s place on H St. When I went to ride home, I noticed my front wheel had been detached but was at least still there. I assumed someone had tried to steal it but didn’t succeed, and I managed to get it back on and rode home without giving it much more thought. I haven’t ridden since last weekend, and it took me until this morning to realize that the front wheel on my bike is not actually my wheel. Read More

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Ed. Note: If anyone happens to spot the bike you can email me at [email protected] and I’ll pass on to OP.

“Dear PoPville,

As I was riding my bike home tonight, I hear an accident behind me on the corner of Upshur NW and Kansas Ave NW right in front of the Petworth Library. I head over to see if the drivers were ok and call 911. In the rush to make sure the drivers were ok, I did not lock my bike up but leaned it against the railing of the library.

As I am on the phone with 911, two detectives from Third District walk up and tell me they’ve called in the accident. As they tell me this, other bystanders start yelling at me that my bike is being stolen. I turn around and it’s gone. I tell the two detectives that my bike was just stolen as I was talking to them and the response I get was “sorry that’s for 4D, we’re 3D. You’ll need to file a report with 4D” and walked away from me back to their car. Read More

Thanks to Mark Sussman for sharing info about a memorial for the bicyclist killed on Friday: “Please meet at the corner NW of Mass & NJ Ave at 6pm on THURSDAY for @jimpagels Ghost Bike Memorial #bikedc. Please wear white.”

From Facebook:

“Memorial & Bike Ride for Jim Pagels
Massachussets & New Jersey Ave NW

Please join us to remember Jim Pagels, a passionate urbanist and safe streets advocate, to become DC’s latest victim of traffic violence on April 10. Read More

From MPD:

“Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit are investigating a traffic fatality resulting from a traffic crash that occurred on Friday, April 9, 2021, at the intersection of 2nd Street and Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

Preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 7:30 pm, a bicyclist and a 2012 Kia Sorrento were traveling westbound on Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Concurrently, the operator of a 2020 Honda Civic was traveling west in the same block. The Honda struck the rear of the Kia and the bicyclist simultaneously. The Kia then entered into the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and 2nd Street, NW, striking a 2013 Ford Van the was traveling north on 2nd Street, NW. The Honda then struck a 2015 Dodge Durango, that was traveling north in the same block before coming to final rest. Read More


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“Dear PoPville,

I recently bought a new car and I’m looking to install a hitch (I already purchased it and have it in my possession) so I can then attach my bike rack. I am not handy in any way, so I need to get it professionally installed. I’m having a hard time finding anywhere in and around the DMV that offers this service, so I’m wondering if anyone with experience has any suggestions? Including the price for labor would be very helpful as well.”

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