These weren’t the first instances of absurdly dangerous driver behavior on a road classified as a major car commuter thoroughfare, but services fundamental transit routes and block-after-block of businesses who depend on walk-up and bike-to customers. Those vulnerable road users have called for a safer H Street, especially after a motorist struck and killed
bike rider Malik Habib — whose bike was caught up in streetcar tracks. Neighborhood elected officials have repeatedly asked for greater enforcement of safety and transit service violations — and there have been a few, short enforcement blitzes. However, enforcement of paint-only and sign-based enforcement on H Street is caught up in the wider context where DC Police do not act on omnipresent violations and DC’s other agencies with enforcement power aren’t well funded for the task.