Temporary bike safety improvements for Florida Avenue NE

Map of road safety improvements on Florida Ave NE

Written by Matthew Sampson, a Deaf ANC Commissioner in Dupont Circle (more about his ANC position at here).

DC is starting temporary fixes to dangerous Florida Avenue NE, next to Gallaudet University 

After years of community pressure, multiple deaths, and an emergency bill in the DC Council, DC is working to make Florida Avenue NE safer. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) presented details to community members last week, and is putting in interim changes until September while it finishes designing the permanent project. At least some people are still opposing the changes, however.

This is one of DC’s most dangerous stretches of roadway.

Ruby Whitfield was killed by a speeding driver while trying to cross on foot in front of the New Samaritan Baptist Church in 2013. The signpost in front of the church commemorates her with a “Ruby Whitlock Way” sign. Dave Salovesh was killed by a speeding van driver at 12th and Florida on April 19. In a tragic and comic turn of events, another driver rammed into the ghost bike memorial, destroying the bike and the light post to which it was chained.

For the link to the full article, please see here.

Please contact DC DOT at if you have thoughts or feedback about this project! More details about the project can be found at Florida Avenue NE Multimodal Transportation Project.

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