WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is starting a new program to increase bicycle riding in Anacostia and other neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River.

The association plans to begin providing “Learn to Ride” classes and “Confident City Cycling” classes for residents of Wards 7 and 8 in April. The group also plans to give away 10 bikes and 20 Capital Bikeshare memberships to residents in exchange for a commitment to continue riding over the summer.

The group’s director says some have opposed adding bike lanes in the eastern half of the city. But longtime commuters and cyclists in those areas also have asked for improvements to make bicycling easier and safer. The group has advocated for bicycle lanes across the city.

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Comments (3)
  1. Tomz says:

    Great watch the muggings & rapes go up on the bike paths. Happens all the time in Severna Park & Annapolis.

  2. Kirk Bradford Myers says:

    Southeast D.C. is a run down trove of slums, liquor stores, gang turf, loiterers, stabbings, robberies, drug dealers, homicides, and drive-by shootings…so what do they spend the taxpayers’ dollars on? Improving cycling! Are you serious?? I wouldn’t ride through that neighborhood in an armored Humvee with a mounted turret gun, much less a bike.

  3. Joe says:

    Ride your bike in ward 7 and 8 and you will be giving away a bike also! Now the question is how much will this briliant idea cost the tax payers?

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