UPDATE: John Lisle, a spokesman with the District Department of Transportation, informed The Daily Gripe Tuesday afternoon that the bike rack was removed and replaced March 29. For details about the Gripe, read on:
“This bike rack was struck about five months ago and has been crooked ever since,” he said. “I don’t understand why it hasn’t been fixed.”
The bike rack sits in front of the Citibank on Park Road between 13th and 14th streets. The blog New Columbia Heights posted on the issue on Jan. 4, complete with a picture of the bent racks surrounded by melting snow. Zeeman isn’t sure about the details of the accident, but an anonymous commenter on the blog post positing that it was a car that struck the rack:
“My girlfriend and her roommmates actually saw it happen. It was definitely a car and it just sputtered off afterwards,” the commenter said. “They called the police right away but no word on if the driver was caught. And I've no idea about any progress being made to fix it.”
“They reported back that the racks appear to be set in concrete and will take some specialized equipment to remove,” he said. “They are still working on getting them removed.”
DDOT didn’t give us details about the cost, but said that the work was handled internally.