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Washington DC, Bike Friendly?(2 posts)

Washington DC, Bike Friendly?GW Rider
May 24, 2001 11:27 AM
For all of the riders in and around DC, you know that the city is not the best place to ride. Looks like the biking community has a friend at City Hall. If DC can do good things for the bike community, any city should. Also, if our representatives see how positive this type of approach is, then maybe they'll want it in their district or state.
Just a thought before the weekend.

http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/metro/dc/A66052-2001May23.html

Keep the shiny side up and the dirty side down.

GW Rider
it'll never happenCar Magnet
May 24, 2001 3:45 PM
I applaud the mayor's enthusiasm, but where is the money going to come from? The city has been near bankrupt on several occasions. I do contracting and all contractors know the problems in dealing with the city (such as how many months it will take to be paid). 3 bike lanes for the whole city? Have you seen the bike lane on Calvert street near Adams -Morgan? It's a joke. The lane lasts all of 3-4 blocks then disappears without warning. Who commutes on a bike for 3-4 blocks?!! Hell, prostitutes probably work more road than that! The city is working hard to bring more tax dollars in so they can improve the roads, but until they find a way to counteract the "Commuter Effect", I really don't think the roads will improve much let alone create bike lanes. DC has a population of 2-2.5 million people during the day, but at night it dips to around a 800,000-1,000,000. The tax dollars paid by the residents cannot support the usage of the city's roads and utilities by day commuters. Last year I saw a lady in a Camry hit a pothole on Mass. Ave. so deep that her axle, yes her axle, came off with the tire!! And the Mayor wants us to bike down that road? Sheesh!! I hope it happens but I'm not holding my breath.