Biking and walking in the city
3 people riding Capital Bikeshare bikes on M Street NW, after shopping
Cute bicycle on a Metrobus
Many years ago, instead of doing the right thing and installing a traffic signal, instead the city provided orange flags to residents crossing Connecticut Avenue NW in the Chevy Chase neighborhood commercial district. See "Battle Flag of the Pedestrians" from the Washington Post.
Washington Post image.
After an accident last fall, the city replaced the flags with a pedestrian-actuated traffic signal. The Northwest Current reported this first, but the individual article is not available online, so see "Mayor Gray inaugurates new D.C. pedestrian crossing" from the Post. Note that the signal is "new" at that location, but a similar signal was installed at Georgia Avenue NW at Hemlock Street more than one year ago.
No actuation (and some of the notice signs are pretty obscured)
Drivers are still figuring out how the signal works
Instructions are affixed to the signal poles