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Even though Streetcar won’t be up and running until 2015 (at the earliest), people who bike along the H Street corridor interact with the system on a regular basis. These interactions are not always friendly.
Since the installation of tracks along the H Street corridor, WABA has received many reports of bike crashes involving the tracks. Here are the three most important tips for avoiding hazardous encounters with streetcar tracks:
1. Never ride between the tracks.
2. Always cross at a 90 degree angle.
3. Use alternative routes. Contraflow bike lanes on G St. and I St. NE offer safe alternatives for bicyclists going east and westbound.