As part of the Vision Zero program, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) reviewed five of some of the most dangerous intersections in D.C. These five intersections, which are known for the particularly high number of car and bicycle accidents that occur at them, have had three deaths and 12 serious injuries in the last three years. These intersections include:
This year, the DDOT is scheduled to analyze five more traffic stops with a high number of bicycle accidents, the first of which was 14th Street and Columbia Road NW. According to the associate director of planning for the DDOT, this 14th Street and Columbia Road is the worst intersection for bicycle accidents, particularly sideswipe accidents. Bicyclists are also often hit with opening car doors. DDOT records show there have been almost 100 accidents since 2013 at this intersection. Along with 14th Street and Columbia Road NW, the following intersections are being analyzed this year:
What is the DDOT Doing to Make These Dangerous Intersections Safer?
While recognizing a problem is the first step towards fixing it, Vision Zero and the DDOT have done little beyond identifying dangerous intersections. No steps have been taken to make them safer for both drivers and bicyclists.
Now that the DDOT and Vision Zero have identified these problems, they need to work together to make the following safety improvements:
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