by Prince Of Petworth April 20, 2019 at 2:15 pm 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user Bekah Richards

From MPD:

“Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit are investigating a traffic fatality that occurred on Friday, April 19, 2019, in the intersection of 12th Street and Florida Avenue, Northeast.

At approximately 10:00 a.m., an automated license plate reader alerted that there was a stolen white van in the area of Benning Road, NE. Metropolitan Police Department Fifth District officers saw the stolen van near the area of Benning Road and Florida Ave, NE and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver refused to stop for the officers and fled the area. A short time later, officers from the Fifth District discovered the driver of the stolen van was involved in a traffic crash at the intersection of 12th Street and Florida Avenue, NE. The preliminary investigation into this crash revealed that the driver of the stolen van was speeding, while traveling westbound on Florida Avenue NE. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 19, 2019 at 12:45 pm 0

I suppose that’s one way to get around bikes being locked down. Chinatown – Washington, DC


Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

Thanks to C. for passing from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division have announced an arrest has been made in reference to multiple Theft offenses that occurred at the following locations:

First District:

Theft Two: On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, in the 800 block of 14th Street, Northwest, at approximately 8:00 am, the suspect took a bicycle from the listed location. CCN: 19-004-712
Theft Two/ Destruction of Property: On Friday, February 8, 2019, in the 700 block of 5th Street, Northwest, at approximately 7:00 am, the suspect cut a lock and took a bicycle then fled the scene. CCN: 19-027-272
Theft Two/ Destruction of Property (two counts): On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in the 400 block of L Street, Northwest, at approximately 12:45 pm, the suspect entered a garage at the listed location. Once inside, the suspect cut a fence to a storage area. The suspect then cut a lock and took a bicycle then fled the scene. CCN: 19-048-277
Theft Two/ Destruction of Property: On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in the 500 block of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest, at approximately 9:49 pm, the suspect cut a lock and took a bicycle then fled the scene. CCN: 19-052-827
Theft Two/ Destruction of Property: On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in the 500 block of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest, at approximately 9:50 pm, the suspect cut a lock and took a bicycle then fled the scene. CCN: 19-053-513
Theft Two: On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in the 400 block of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest, at approximately 6:24 am, the suspect took two bicycles then fled the scene. CCN: 19-055-314

Second District: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 19, 2019 at 9:45 am 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

Ed. Note: Very cool but remember, these will be the self propelled rides.

From Capital Bikeshare:

“Capital Bikeshare will offer free 24-hour passes this Earth Day, April 22nd, encouraging DC-area residents to give bikeshare a try and choose sustainable, healthy, and fun transportation for their Monday commute.

Riders can obtain their free day pass by downloading the Capital Bikeshare app on April 22nd and entering the promo code EARTHDAY19, providing 24 hours of unlimited 30-minute rides on classic Capital Bikeshare bikes. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 15, 2019 at 9:45 am 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

From Capital Bikeshare:

“Since Capital Bikeshare first deployed electric bikes last year, riders have taken thousands of rides and shared with us incredibly helpful and overwhelmingly positive feedback.

However, we recently received a small number of reports from riders who experienced stronger than expected braking force on the front wheel. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 12, 2019 at 1:15 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

Not sure if you are aware of this, capital bike share is now supported by lyft. Try finding a phone number for support in the app. I’m not a big fan of this new relationship, can we expect random price increases similar to Jump? Perhaps is this the reasoning for the $1 surcharge for ebikes?”

Ed. Note: Lyft posted in July 2018:

“We are excited to announce that Lyft has reached a transformative agreement to acquire Motivate [who runs Capital bikeshare], the largest bikeshare operator in North America. Together Lyft and Motivate will revolutionize urban transportation and put bikeshare systems across the country on a path toward growth and innovation.”

Has anyone noticed a difference since then?

by Prince Of Petworth April 4, 2019 at 3:30 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

Wondering if any readers can help me with some good old fashioned sleuthing.

I’ve been cycling in the city for about 6 years now and had my first wreck after a run in with a metro bus. I’m hoping someone onboard witnessed what happened.

On Monday, April 1st around 6:15pm I was biking northbound on Rhode Island Ave NW just past 6th St NW when I noticed the metrobus behind me (likely G9, given the time/place, but I didn’t see the number) was getting pretty close to my rear tire and traveling as a faster speed than I was. The light at New Jersey was green, and I don’t believe the bus driver saw me as they sped up to continue thru the intersection (I was on the right hand side of the right lane since bikes share the road on this part of Rhode Island Ave). Rather than get rear-ended on a bike, I attempted to avoid a crash by entering the driveway of the Valero, but the uneven ground caught my tire and sent me flying. The bus continued on without stopping, and I got a 1-way ticket to the ER, complete with a broken elbow, sprains, and a pretty impressive black eye. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 27, 2019 at 3:30 pm 0


via Green K Street March/Ride

From a press release:

“Sustainable transportation advocates from around DC will gather on Sun., Mar. 31 at 12 p.m. to call attention to the need for safety measures, including a road diet, on K Street, an essential east-west arterial that crosses North Capitol Street. K Street is an essential through-route for bike commuters, including parents and school children, as it connects connects downtown and Mount Vernon Square to the bike lanes on 4th and 6th Streets NE and the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Organizers are planning a picnic, march and bike ride from the green space at 800 K St NE to 440 K St NW. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 15, 2019 at 12:45 pm 0


via Capital Bikeshare

From a press release:

“Capital Bikeshare announced today that it will expand its fleet of electric Capital Bikeshare Plus bikes to 500 under the pilot program which began in September 2018. The original pilot had 85 electric bikes. The ebikes – which are pedal-assist – provide an electric boost up to speeds of 18 mph and make it easier than ever to climb hills and travel longer distances. Early results from the program have shown the bikes to be very popular and will help riders get around the DC Metro area quickly and easily.

The additional ebikes will be added to the system beginning March 18 and gradually increased over several weeks. Because the ebikes have a higher cost than classic bikes and in order to support this new product and related operations, Capital Bikeshare is introducing a $1 unlock fee per ebike ride for riders beginning April 15. Riders who are eligible for Financial Assistance Programs will not be charged the fee. (more…)

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