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Thanks to N. for sending: “This pup braved the heat as part of a birthday bike ride, along with a caravan of bicycles with balloons. 14th & R St NW, July 18.”

*This series will feature any pets in a backpack/bag. On metro, or not. Corgi, or not.

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Photo by C JRCook

“Dear PoPville,

I’m considering getting a bike for a few reasons (some pandemic related) but am trying to figure out if it’s feasible to ride to work when work resumes–I don’t want to invest in one and then let it sit in storage if things ever get back to normal. One possible route would take me down Rock Creek Park Trail between Porter St. and Georgetown (or between Calvert and Georgetown, depending on what I find out), and from all my research it’s hard to decipher whether or not this part of the trail is a safe, reliable route for someone on a hybrid/commuter bike during weekday commute hours (i.e. when Beach Drive isn’t blocked to cars). Read More

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced plans to install Car Free Lanes in high-traffic corridors that will support improved efficiency in bus travel and create space for bicyclists.

“We know that dedicated bus lanes make public transportation more efficient and reliable. As we continue reimagining public spaces, these lanes will help us encourage bus and bicycle travel, reduce traffic, and build a greener DC,” said Mayor Bowser.

The DC Car Free Lanes, which will be designated by red paint, will be installed at the following locations beginning in late July: Read More

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Photo by angela n.

Nate writes us last night: “Hey PoPville — can you help me give a shout-out to the two very kind women who helped after I crashed my bike in pothole on 11th & Mass Ave NW this morning? Was a bloody mess but they helped me get out of the road and clean myself up until I could get a ride home.

I can’t remember their names (I was in shock and bleeding everywhere; I think one said Mara), but they were an incredible example of the very good neighbors Washingtonians are. Thankful for their help during an already stressful time. And DPW please fix that killer hole.”

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From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced the start of bus lane construction on 14th Street NW between Euclid and Newton Streets NW, commencing a year-long project to improve bus performance and safety.

“We are excited to launch such important work in enhancing bus transit in the Columbia Heights corridor,” said District Director Jeff Marootian. “DDOT recognizes how essential this will be for area residents and it also exemplifies Mayor Bowser’s commitment to improving bus travel speeds and reliability across the District.”

DDOT expects the enhanced bus lane will improve performance of the DC Circulator Woodley Park-Adams Morgan route and Metrobus lines 52, 54, and 59. Read More

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*This series will feature any pets in a backpack/bag. On metro, or not. Corgi, or not.

Thanks to Bryan for sending the above from Columbia Heights.

And thanks to AL for sending the above from Georgia Ave Monday night. Somebody sent a photo to me last week on twitter and that was the first photo proof I’ve seen, I always assumed it was myth. I post here for posterity.

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