Streetcar track poses hazard to one contributor and her bike
Last night, Alex Baca suffered a minor bike crash after her wheel got stuck in the H Street streetcar tracks. She says she was swerving around a double-parked car, leaving her no safe place to ride.
If you were by the Atlas around 2 p.m. you might've seen me get my tire caught in the streetcar tracks and bounce into a cop car.
@lydiadepillis @ddotdc I'm OK and so is my bike. I know this is almost routine now, but there needs to be a better setup.
@randomduck @lydiadepillis @ddotdc Something would help. I was swerving around a double-parked car. That there's no place to ride is bad.
@alexbaca Glad you're okay. Rode H St myself Friday night and was very careful crossing the tracks.
This isn't the first time this has happened to anyone in a city with streetcar tracks:
@alexbaca my worst bike accident happened when I got my tire caught in streetcar tracks. Feel better. :)
@alexbaca My sister just did that in the Hague. Bystander reported hers was the most spectacular fall he'd ever seen. Glad you weren't hurt!
Is there a solution? Does H Street also need bike lanes? Or something else?
@alexbaca Jesus. Glad youre ok. Yeah, @ddotdc, the streetcar tracks sans bike lanes are really, really problematic.
@lydiadepillis Would bike lanes actually help in this case? I think bike warning/exclusion zone markings would be better. @alexbaca @ddotdc
@alexbaca Not sure there's an easy answer, but we're open to suggestions. Will be part of our @DCStreetcar safety messaging for sure.
@DDOTDC Unfortunately, "being careful" isn't enough, esp. when you must swerve around double-parkers. My dream? Cycletrack in the middle!
What do you think? What's the best way to make sure bikes and streetcars can coexist in a lively commercial street safely and happily?