Archive | April, 2015

News from Overseas

28 Apr

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Well, once again I have no idea if you are going to see this picture, but I’m hoping for the best. I haven’t been posting regularly because there’s been nothing new to write about. I could have told you about my adventure in the CBD on the day of the Lincoln assassination memorial. I took a late lunch so I could go downtown to see what they were doing around Ford’s Theatre. And I did get a chance to talk to a couple of reenactors as well as pick up some neat lit about the assassination to read and then give to a friend who is really into Civil War history. But the adventurous part came later as I walked a whole block to the Bus Stop on 11th and E. in the one block I saw a couple of sidewalk bikers endangering a lot of the pedestrians crowded on to sidewalk. A number of parents had brought their toddlers and I was most afraid for them. Once I got to the safety of the bus stop, I was safely enclosed waiting for the bus. But in the five minutes it took for the bus to come, I noted 5 sidewalk bikers riding on my side and across the street, coming from every direction. And not a single police person enforcing the law there.

Of course, as John Kelly mentioned in his column last summer when he pleaded for bikers to stop riding on the sidewalks in the CBD, and Dr. Gridlock mentions regularly, there are no signs indicating that bicycles are not allowed to ride on the sidewalk. If this picture comes out into this post, you will see what the Japanese do in Tokyo to let people know what the law is. Pretty impressive. And I am sure the English text is there for DC bikers visiting Japan.

Until next time. STAY ALERT! DON’T GET HURT!