At Friday’s hearing, two community representatives from neighborhoods east of the river spoke about bicycle and pedestrian safety. Their views, though, could not have been more different.

ANC 8A01 Commissioner Anthony Muhammad, whose district centers on Minnesota Avenue and Naylor Road in the Fairlawn neighborhood, criticized DC spending money on bicycle lanes and cyclists not carrying insurance:

Veronica Davis, the Hillcrest Community Civic Association’s transportation chair and a Greater Greater Washington contributor, argued that the real problem is drivers speeding. One of them even hit a cyclist in the neighborhood who was a police officer on bike patrol.

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.