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. 

The ECA’s letter can be viewed in full here.

Individuals who wish to support this effort can sign onto a petition that is being organized by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.