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.

  1. 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.
  2. @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.
  3. @randomduck @lydiadepillis @ddotdc Something would help. I was swerving around a double-parked car. That there’s no place to ride is bad.
  1. @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:

  1. @alexbaca my worst bike accident happened when I got my tire caught in streetcar tracks. Feel better. :)
  2. @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?

  1. @alexbaca Jesus. Glad youre ok. Yeah, @ddotdc, the streetcar tracks sans bike lanes are really, really problematic.
  2. @lydiadepillis Would bike lanes actually help in this case? I think bike warning/exclusion zone markings would be better. @alexbaca @ddotdc
  3. @alexbaca Not sure there’s an easy answer, but we’re open to suggestions. Will be part of our @DCStreetcar safety messaging for sure.
  4. @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?

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.