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The stop signs are a relic of the old crossing. It will now be fully signalized, and so I assume they'll remove them.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2011 on New Trolley Trail crossing at TheWashCycle
Now if only someone would bust a hole through that wall...
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2011 on New Trolley Trail crossing at TheWashCycle
Woo! My whole family got their half second of exposure at 1:59. We're famous!
Any good on road routes to bridge the two? Google has me going west of the river. I guess a WAGBRADish jag to the east then south through the neighborhoods would work? The area is crisscrossed with highways, tracks and waterways. It's a bit of a maze!
How close is the riverwalk from connecting to the Anacostia tributary trails?
Driving tonight made me sad. I was on Veirs Mill Rd (6 through lanes, 2 turn lanes) when I came up to a group of pedestrians waiting in the median at a marked un-signalled crosswalk. I began to slow for a stop, but it caused traffic behind me to honk, change lanes and accelerate. In the end I never stopped, since my actions were making the situation more dangerous. I've had a similar story happen once the flashing yellow signal crosswalk (I stopped there, traffic eventually stopped), and another similar story on Bel Pre Rd, where a driver accelerated over a double yellow and nearly struck the pedestrian I stopped for. A quick google search gives a2% compliance rate for yielding to peds. This is my biggest aggravation while driving - It's an actual right-of-way violation to not stop, not just a failure to obey a traffic control device. However, by stopping, I risk the very lives the law was meant to protect.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2011 on Bikelash on Dr. Gridlock's chat at TheWashCycle
My family showed up at 2:25 in the Mallin video. Woo, we're famous! (also, kudos to the 16 month old who spent nearly four hours on a bike without making a fuss)
From Halsey's article: That was an era in which scant few adults rode bicyclists other than on vacations. It's Bike Month! Have you ridden your bicyclist yet?
Toggle Commented May 19, 2011 on Thursday Morning Commute - Hurried at TheWashCycle
One of the best parts about cycling (or bike watching, really) is the diversity in clothes, bikes and riders. As an aside, the first lycra I buy will be bike shorts for my wife. I draft her too much not to upgrade my view.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2011 on Wednesday Morning Commute - Silence at TheWashCycle
A bell is more conducive to trail harmony than the average raised voice Except when two riders ring at the same time. A little part of me dies every time I hear bike bells ringing out of tune.
Toggle Commented May 17, 2011 on Tuesday Morning Commute - Craft Beer at TheWashCycle
I disagree - you still need to warn. Do you really think we can make people behave like vehicles on area trails? That they should look and signal before stopping, turns and "lane changes"? I think it's more likely that people will walk the way they have for millennia. The bell gives pedestrians more situational awareness, so they can react or not as needed (where react encompasses "delay chasing the kitty you just saw").
Toggle Commented May 10, 2011 on Sharing the Road replies at TheWashCycle
It was BikeUMD's bike valet for Maryland Day. They're a relatively new branch of UMCP's DOT.
All cycling laws? You mean they're riding on the wrong side, speeding, wearing head phones, carrying large boxes with both hands off the handlebars and mowing down motorists left and right? Oh, you mean they regularly break a subset of laws that doesn't entirely overlap with the set you regularly break. But then, you should probably stick to driveways.
I think San Jose had the right response - 6ft max leash on trails for all users. That cuts the worst of the excess (though, IMHO, it's still too long for dog-biking).
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2011 on Friday Morning Commute - Endeavour at TheWashCycle
There are proper ways to bike with your dog. It does require much more care and attention. Given my dog, I just stick to the neighborhood roads. She likes her 20+mph sprints pulling the bike, and that wouldn't be safe on a trail.
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2011 on Friday Morning Commute - Endeavour at TheWashCycle
@Anon: That would certainly make sense in the winter. The bikes have lights, but maybe people still aren't comfortable riding in the street at night?
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2011 on Monday Morning Commute - 100 at TheWashCycle
@wash - "I announce, ... but I recognize that it's a drag. Perhaps it's time to install an automatic bell ringer. (yes, I've been working on that joke for a month now)
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2011 on Tuesday Morning Ride - Madness at TheWashCycle
Is cycling really so dangerous that we must wear our helmets properly secured and positioned while posing for photos? I prefer to view the straps as analogous to hair styles: mutton chops, balding, and comb-over.
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2011 on Announcing the Bikeshare expansion. at TheWashCycle
For a lower tech solution, leave a pile of brightly painted bricks on each side of the road and instructions for crossers: "Display neon brick to cross, throw if car fails to yeild."
I propose my own at-grade crossing: Pedestrian hits the button, yellow lights flash, and 15 seconds later tire spikes pop out of the pavement.
Ooh! Triplane fork crown!
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2011 on Bikes at the "recycled" bike rack at TheWashCycle
Looks like he already deleted the responding comment. I'm so glad he's sympathetic to all of us who want him to stop breaking the law.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2011 on Cyclist overreacts, or doesn't at TheWashCycle
That planning document just depressed me. Did you count how many roads they wanted to widen to "improve safety and capacity"? I hope I'm wrong, but I expect no improvements to pedestrian and bicycle safety out of those projects. Even if every one of those trails and bike lanes is built (and 193 by Greenbelt won't), it'll be a wash access-wise if PG ends up a county of 8-lane highways and access ramps.
@Steve: Washcycle did state his opinion. I wonder what good laws might look like, especially regarding safety equipment. Reflective vests, blinky lights, and wrist mounted bell? :)
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2011 on Cop Car Illegally Parked at TheWashCycle
Surely the most famous snarky DC cycling blogger will be touring the city with the most famous snarky NYC cycling blogger?
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2011 on Bleg: NYC bike ride at TheWashCycle