On July 1, well over 50 bikers hit the streets for Critical Mass-and rode through the streets of all four quadrants of the city.
The ride among other things had the purpose of solidarity with the city's hard-pressed pedicab operators, though for more time should have been spent on the Mall because of this issue.
After a quick pass through NW and past the Capitol, riders went into SW, and passed by the former Gay enclave, now a baseball stadium on the way into SE. The ride went as far east as 15th st NE after passing north through Barracks Row and past th Eastern Market. Bystanders cheered for the ride in SE and NE, seemingly more than in NW. Maybe that has something to do with the percentage of residents who do not own cars?
The return west from 15th st NE meant the treacherous streetcar tracks on H st NE, laid primarily to support new development. No streetcars run on those tracks, but they are already causing bike crashes. This ride was no exception, one of the riders caught a wheel in the streetcar tracks and crashed, fortunately without injury. The bike, and old machine with only one pedal, was sturdy enough to survive the crash and finish the ride.
Even in the absence of shiny new streetcars, there were more upscale whites on H st NE than I ever saw on H st in the entire time I used that road to access the old 1959 H st NE squat in the early 2000's!
As usual, the ride finished by returning to Dupont Circle.
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