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Dupont-Logan Bicycle Safety Meeting Thursday Night

by Borderstan.com September 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm 2 Comments

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

ANC 2B/Dupont and ANC 2F/Logan Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) will be holding a joint meeting Thursday night (September 23) to discuss bicycle safety issues in the Dupont and Logan communities. The meeting is from 7 to 9 pm in the Chastleton Ballroom at 1701 16th Street NW (corner of 16th Street NW and R Street NW).

Bike rules sign at 16th and U Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This event is a follow-up to the Dupont public safety forum held in June (Dupont Safety Forum: Homicides, Bikes, Smartphones, Bias Crimes).

Discussion topics at this listening and education session will include new bike lanes, rules and laws for street and sidewalk biking, and plans to make the District more bike and pedestrian friendly.

Representatives from a number of community and government organizations will be in attendance, including the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). The Dupont Circle Citizens Association, the Logan Circle Citizens Association, and the Urban Neighborhood Alliance are also partnering with the ANCs to put on this event.

The bicycle safety meeting is being organized by ANC 2B (Dupont) Public Safety Liaisons Kishan Putta and Noah Smith and Chris Linn, the Chair of the ANC 2F (Logan) Crime and Public Safety Committee. For more information, contact Kishan Putta at [email protected].

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Comments (2)

  1. No problem with discussing more bike lanes; that’s not an enforcement issue. Existing regulations for cars, bikes and pedestrians are never enforced by police. Cars roll through every red light in the city constantly, especially on right turns. Buses start crossing intersections on red lights. Bikes zip down sidewalks south of Mass. Ave with impunity. Cars and bikes regularly block crosswalks. Pedestrians saunter across streets against the light despite obviously impeding traffic. DC encourages downtown bike rentals to use sidewalks. DC is one of the most lawless cities I’ve ever been in and as the crowding on the sidewalks continues, road rage on the sidewalks will increase. The only thing new regs will provide is cover if someone launches a civil suit against an offender.

  2. My biggest issue, which the photo above captured, is that the law allow a person on a bike to ignore the bike lane provided to them and ride up the street in the road with vehicles. Is anyone shocked, especially on 15th Street where the lights are actually timed and cars travel at higher than normal speeds, that someone would get injured? If we are going to make the hefty investments to create bike lanes like those found on 15th Street, then cyclists should be limited to using designated bike lanes.

    Drivers certainly break the law constantly, but I rarely see cyclists obey the laws. Both because there are so few that apply to them and because no one seems to enforce the few that do.

    Disclosure: I don’t own a car or bike and am on foot always, so frankly both drivers and cyclists bug the heck out of me.

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