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This year might mark a watershed moment for bike safety. 

It’s not guaranteed, but completed targets out of the District Department of Transportation give reason to hope: 89 miles of painted lanes and 11.5 miles of protected routes. 

“These numbers tell a story, but I think that this moment in biking would be best suited to my preferred medium—comics,” writes City Paper’s Josh Kramer for today’s cover story, available in print and online. “Biking in D.C. has created a lot of anger and fear, but also joy. I want to draw that. In words and pictures, I’ll show you the bike lanes, the bollards, and the pneumatic road tubes, but I’ll also bring you to the places where D.C. residents have died. So come along with me and let’s see where this cycle track leads us.”

This cover story is something special. Give it a look.  —Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:

  • The number of D.C. residents being sued over debt is increasing. The reasons are manifold, with debt buyers fueling the uptick. Sometimes these lawsuits aren’t even legitimate—companies have been known to buy excel spreadsheets of debt and not verify the information before suing. A Council bill to tackle this issue is stagnant. [WCP]

  • Express hawkers are still waiting for GoFundMe dollars raised on their behalf. A local nonprofit needs help identifying the mailing addresses for every former distributor. [WCP

  • D.C. residents may vote on decriminalizing some psychedelics this year. [DCist]

  • The saga of Washington Met on today’s Kojo Nnamdi show. [WAMU]

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

  • The LGBTQ community is determined not to get the run-around during this budget cycle. [WCP]

  • Unanswered questions on the future of D.C.’s public housing. [DC Line]

  • Dupont ANC Ed Hanlon continues his crusade against retweets. [Twitter

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Foxtrot, a high-tech convenience store, is opening two locations in D.C. [Eater]

  • The downtown D.C. location of The Block food hall gets close to opening. [PoPville]

  • Bar games with cash payouts get the OK from D.C. Council. [WBJ]

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

  • D.C. apartment buildings can become showrooms for artists, and Marta Staudinger is making it happen. [WCP]

  • OutWrite chair Dave Ring chats about the local LGBTQ literary community and how it can be more inclusive. [WCP]

  • POLITICO owner Robert Allbritton has a new tech publication. [Washingtonian]

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

  • It’s not just pros. Dozens of local elite amateur runners will line up this month at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. For many, it’ll be a 26.2 mile victory lap. [WCP]

  • The NBA trade deadline is today at 3 p.m., and it remains to be seen if the Wizards will make any significant moves. [Bullets Forever]

  • The NBA All-Star celebrity game in Chicago will include plenty of people with ties to the host city—and also celebrity chef, humanitarian, and noted Wizards fanJosé Andrés [NBA.com]

  • Alex Ovechkin doesn’t break. [Post]

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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