Biking In The District: Are You Really Safe On Two Wheels?

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The DMV is consistently ranked as one of the best cities in the U.S. for biking, but as anyone who's ever pedaled around this town knows, it's a bit more harrowing than those rankings indicate. While the addition of biker-friendly laws and the popularity of the Capital Bikeshare program have certainly made riding more accessible, Washingtonian is wondering what more can be done to protect cyclists.

In a post today, they report some horror stories that show our "bike-friendly" title may be a misnomer — from parked drivers opening their car doors without warning to cyclists colliding with pedestrians, and worse. Some of these cases are just a hazard of a busy city, but others are rooted in a blatant disregard for laws, or an absence of them entirely.

Don't get us wrong: Hopping on your two-wheeler is anything but a death sentence, but we certainly agree with Washingtonian that there's plenty that needs to be fixed. After all, there's nothing more pleasant than cruising around our 'hoods on a summer afternoon, and we deserve to do our pedaling in peace, right? Tell us — how safe do you feel, biking around D.C.? (Washingtonian)

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