The crime occurred on the 1300 block of H Street NE around 6:45 p.m. yesterday.
The incident started when after a man saw a group of kids “tampering” with bikes on the sidewalk, a police report said. When the man approached the kids and told them he wasn’t leaving until the police arrived, one of the kids produced a box cutter, prompting the man to pull out a pocket knife. The man was able to flag down several passing police officers before a fight broke out, however.
The officers arrested the kid with the box cutter and nobody was injured during the standoff, police said.
The robbery happened on the 3100 block of Mount Pleasant Street NW about 3 p.m.
The victim was in the area when a person approached and yanked the victim’s bicycle away, according to authorities. The bike’s owner then located police officers, who canvassed the area for the robber.
Police eventually found someone matching the description of the thief and arrested the individual.
Authorities haven’t released the name of the suspect.
Photo via Google Maps
A District Department of Transportation (DDOT) spokesperson confirmed the department will install two new two-bicycle racks in front of the Whitman-Walker Health Center at 1525 14th Street NW “within a few weeks, permits pending.”
Yellow markers indicating where the bike racks will be installed were stenciled onto the sidewalk in front of the health center last week, noted one Twitter user.
Whitman-Walker Health spokesman Shawn Jain says the health center requested the new racks in May.
“There’s about a hundred staff who work in the building, and at least a handful ride their bikes to work,” Jain says. “We also have some patients who’d want to be biking to the health center. We wanted to make sure there was a place for them to park their bikes.”
“Having bike racks in front of our health center fits in with the community health and wellness we want to promote,” Jain added. “Obviously, biking is a great physical activity, both for our patients and our employees.”
Image courtesy of Whitman-Walker; photo by Scott Henrichsen
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Bikeshare today put 30 safety-themed Bikeshare bikes into circulation near Dupont Circle.
The new bikes can be rented from the Bikeshare docks at Massachusetts Avenue and Dupont Circle NW.
The bikes bear custom-made wheels to promote D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Vision Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate bike fatalities and serious injuries by 2024.
As part of the new initiative, DDOT is asking Capital Bikeshare riders to “Bikeshare their safety stories” by tweeting at the @DCVisionZero Twitter account. Additionally, riders are being asked to report unsafe intersections and roads on DDOT’s Vision Zero Safety Map.
Image via DDOT
BicycleSPACE will host a grand opening event for its new Adams Morgan location this weekend.
Starting Friday at 10 a.m., attendees will be able to enter to win a bike, get 15 percent off bikes that cost over $1,500, enter a photo contest and walk away with a free water bottle.
The store, located at 2424 18th Street NW, sells bicycles,
electric bikes, clothing and shoes.
Photo via Facebook.com/BicycleSPACE
The Bike Rack (1412 Q Street NW) is offering free coffee for bicycle commuters Wednesday morning, Nov. 21 from 7:30 to 9:30 am.
The local bicycle shop will be at the corner of 14th and Q streets handing out free cups of Peregrine joe as commuters make their way into work before the Thanksgiving holiday.
For more information, visit the website.
Oh, New Year’s. The hype of a birthday party but with the results usually reserved for hometown reunions; too much to drink in unfamiliar places with tons of strangers. That aside, I had a wonderful new years break all over Route I-95 from Camden, New Jersey to NYC and Boston — and was thankful that it fell on a weekend giving us a short week back to the grind.
But, as the weather turns frigid (it’s snowing as I write this), what can we look forward to next year? What can DC hope to accomplish in 20-dozen?
Make Navy Yard Matter
I mean this in two ways. First, there is a rumor floating around (and these things do change often), that monster slugger Prince Fielder is in talks with the Nationals. This is a game changer for a team that showed signs of life last year, and is desperately seeking a bat to help them compete with the Phillies. This would automatically give the Nats a serious attendance boost in 2012, and a shot at the NL East (okay, maybe not, but I know I’d go just to watch Prince).
Second, even though the area around Navy Yard is getting better, we have to keep up the momentum. Hopefully soon, developers and nightlife investors will be able to patch together some fun bars and good restaurants in that area. Then we can replace Georgetown’s waterfront and M street areas with a spot more Metro accessible.
Don’t Let Bikers Run DC (But Do Use BikeShare)
I am somewhat ambivalent to the biking cause in DC, as some of you may recall from a previous column — I still think bike lanes could be a great place for joggers. (As for utilizing bike lane lanes, DC politicians do it with their cars.) However, I do recommend using Capital Bikeshare more when it gets warmer. This is a pretty amazing and still under-utilized piece of infrastructure in DC. Biking is a great alternative to get to more places in the city without a car — and without depending on the inconsistent subway and bus system.
If You Want to See Winners, Go Caps!
The Caps are the best team in DC, hockey or otherwise. The Redskins did their predictable late season swan dive while lying about fan attendance. The Wizards have yet to win a game (I will be attending their Friday game vs. the Knicks, review to come). The Caps may have to fight hard for a playoff spot, but their fans are passionate and their games are always exciting. Even nosebleed seats are great and right on the red line so “Rock the Red,” as they say.
Vote for Barack Obama Again
Way better than whatever Iowa decides.
Of course there are more, but it’s a start to what I think should make a 2012 great (that and we need a diner in Borderstan, a real 24-hour diner). Hope everyone had a great New Year celebration, finished strong in their fantasy leagues (for me, two 4th Place finishes and one 10th Place, not great), and starts off the year well in all ways.