Just saw a looooong thread on the Columbia Heights listserve about bikes -- a pedestrian was nearly hit by a fast-moving bicyclist in a sidewalk who yelled "get out of my way." Then the discussion goes from there: should bicyclists obey traffic laws? Are laws biased against bikes in favor of cars? Did the biker know what he was doing?
Most people seem to think everybody should just be courteous, but even so there's going to be some reckless driver, biker, or walker who could cause problems for somebody. I was almost hit by a fast moving bicyclist in a crosswalk the other day, but I wasn't really looking, so that's partially my fault. But again, I was in a sidewalk when I was allowed to walk. It's a sticky situation.
Your thoughts? 14th and 11th Streets do have bike lanes, but even then, they'll have to cross sidewalks and other streets at some point.
Photo by St Stev. Not in Columbia Heights, unfortunately.