“We’ve seen a lot of very bad accidents on H Street, in particular in the past few months, and there needs to be more work done on the part of the D.C. government to enforce the traffic laws we have and make streets safer,” said Karen Ramsey, an avid bicyclist who lives in the Trinidad neighborhood.
During the short memorial and protest, car horns honked and a few drivers cursed as they saw the crowd of bicyclists causing the momentary slow down.
While memorializing Habib, the bicyclists called for safety improvements on the busy thoroughfare where cars and trucks mix with interstate and city buses in addition to the DC Streetcar.
Though it’s a risky ride on the busy roadway, it’s not always possible for neighborhood bicyclists to avoid the crowded street, the riders said.
“Even though biking is not recommended on H Street, you still have that last block, that last two blocks, where even if you come up a side street, you need to get to your final destination,” Ramsey said.
The bicyclists want stepped up speed enforcement.
“We need enforcement yesterday. We need enforcement on June 23,” Maisler said. “There’s no reason to be going 50 miles an hour down this street.”
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