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Hello, D.C. The District’s affordable housing crisis is real, but housing got just one mention during the presidential debates. During the five hours of airtime between 20 Democratic candidates, only former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castromentioned housing.

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After today, Gear Prudence is no more. Believe me, everyone at City Paper is sad about it too. Gear Prudence, who also goes by Brian McEntee, has written our bike advice column for the last five years, instructing us on how best to ride alongside scooters, Ubers, and robots.

While we still could all use some more tips, Gear Prudence said it was time to call it. But we have a treat for fans: Go to our website or pick up a hard copy of today’s City Paper and you’ll finally be able to put a face to the columnist’s name

What to do in the meantime? “Do your best. Cyclists can face crazy situations that come with no clear or instinctive solution. That’s not their fault,” says Gear Prudence. “The best way of coping is to keep two questions in mind: What do I need to do to keep myself safe, and how can I do that without imperiling anyone else? If these questions are your lodestar, you can often (but not always) see yourself through hairy situations.”

It’s true, the streets are still deadly. Traffic deaths have actually increased annually since city officials committed to ending death and serious injury by 2024 with the launch of Vision Zero in 2015. McEntee wrote an obituary, of sorts, for cycling activist Dave Salovesh after a driver killed him in April. 

I asked District Line Daily readers on Monday which streets could use bike lanes, and the responses underscored how difficult this problem is to solve. I decided to share two replies:  

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“I’m a daily bike commuter and while I can’t recommend where lanes should be installed, I can comment that in many parts of the city where I ride, bike lanes are essentially useless—and potentially dangerous. In my experience and because I traverse the neighborhood twice a day, the stretch of bike lanes on 14th St NW in Columbia Heights are outright dangerous,” writes one reader. 

“I believe the number of bicyclists of color who are injured in traffic accidents is under reported. I know of several young men in our church who depend upon their bikes for transportation and who have been injured in accidents. These incidents have not been reported to police and often the young men do not seek medical treatment unless they have no choice, so these incidents go unreported,” says another. 

Bike accidents are terrifying and far too frequent. What’s your experience as a biker or witness? Write us by replying to this email. —Amanda Michelle Gomez (Also feel free to email me directly at agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)  

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LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd has a challenger from the left in Janeese Lewis George. [WCP]

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ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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