Dr. Gridlock: Right as Usual

2 May

Dr. Gridlock’s April 29 Column
I don’t know if you read Dr. Gridlock’s column in this past Sunday’s Washington Post Metro Section. But, like all his columns, it was intelligent and offered food for thought. In this column he printed letters from several citizens and in his intro concluded that, while the writers, including your blogger, “urge drivers, walkers and cyclists to behave better”, collectively the letters show “that no type of traveler is without sin.”

I agree, which is why I try to educate pedestrians as well as bicyclists in this blog. We’re all safer if we stay alert and follow the laws, including regulations, which, of course, have the force of law, no matter which mode of transportation we are using at the time. And a little additional common sense thrown into the mix never hurts. But since I have yet to hear of an accident on the sidewalk where a pedestrian ran down a bicyclist, I will continue to emphasize most often the increasing perils of sidewalk bicycling, most often hurting the pedestrians but not safe for the bicyclist either.

I will, however, in the near future, review here the basic law, rules and common sense behavior for both pedestrians and bicyclists.

Central Business District(CBD) Enforcement and Education

Frustrated by the lack of info I was getting through FOIA requests (see prior posts), my letter to Dr. Gridlock emphasized the growing danger for pedestrians of reckless bicyclists riding on the sidewalks even in the CBD, the one area of town where bicycling on sidewalks is forbidden. Dr. Gridlock’s answer:

“I hear frequently from pedestrians who have brushes with cyclists on downtown sidewalks. Cyclists should be aware that they are barred from the sidewalks within the boundaries of the Central Business District.
But the District needs a more aggressive education campaign to let cyclists know that. And it needs a few signs.

What steps is the District taking? More in my next post. Meanwhile, no rain this weekend. So STAY ALERT AND STAY SAFE as you enjoy the spring weather.

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