Today, the Eckington Civic Association sent a letter to DDOT requesting safer east-west bike facilities between the Metropolitan Branch Trail in Eckington and points to our neighborhood’s west. Despite being critical bike routes, Q and R streets are not the low stress bike routes that they should be.
The dangers to cyclists on this corridors are apparent in Eckington. 9 cyclists have been injured on R street in the last five years. Just last week, a cyclist suffered major injuries after being struck by a vehicle at R street and Harry Thomas Way NE. A further 6 cyclists have been struck on the unit block of Florida Avenue. According to DDOT’s North Capitol Street project team, the intersection of R street and North Capitol Street is among the most dangerous intersections in the city–not just the North Capitol Street corridor.
Individuals who wish to support this effort can sign onto a petition that is being organized by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.