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  • in reply to: Virginia governor issues stay-at-home order #1105589
    arlcxrider
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    Perhaps I have a higher tolerance for risk, but there’s never been a better time to ride on the road in Northern Virginia. Every day is like Sunday morning…early Sunday morning. I’ve been riding places during “evening rush” that I would tend to avoid during normal times.

    arlcxrider
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    Latest information suggests the streets/bike/pedestrian closures will last through Sunday, March 29.

    https://twitter.com/NationalMallNPS/status/1242788872880349184

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    @ursus 199677 wrote:

    Where were you able to go on the DC side? That is, are there other changes?

    You could continue to Henry Bacon Drive, 23rd, or Rock Creek Parkway.

    arlcxrider
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    The NPS map shows Memorial Bridge closed to motorized traffic, but outside the pedestrian (and bike?) closure zone. That was patently not the case on Monday morning, as I was shoo’ed away by a DC cop.



    Update: Memorial Bridge is open to bikes and pedestrians. I rode across in the main traffic lanes about 5 this evening. Woo-hoo, and got to check out the ongoing work on the north side. A lot of bored National Guard and cops standing around near the Lincoln Memorial. They still aren’t allowing people to turn south towards Independence Ave.

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    @LhasaCM 199621 wrote:

    Just passing this along (haven’t been close by in weeks so no first hand information), but WABA tweeted that both the 14th Street bridge sidepath and Memorial Bridge are closed. https://twitter.com/WABADC/status/1242864341906526208

    They did note that they are talking to MPD and NPS about this, so hopefully it won’t last for those few who need it.

    Pretty much a self-correcting problem once the cherry blossoms wither, and are no longer an “attractive nuisance.”

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    @DCAKen 199568 wrote:

    Which is a real pity, seeing how both the 14th Street Bridge and the TR Bridge have much narrower paths

    Rather than try my luck (plus it was raining) I didn’t turn south on the Mt. Vernon Trail toward the 14th St Bridge, opting for TR instead. I can’t imagine 14th St is open either.

    arlcxrider
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    Memorial Bridge walkway was closed this morning. Had to detour via the trollheim and TR.

    in reply to: Covid-19 Sanatarium: Group Bike Rides #1105315
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    Don’t put on your full team kit and then try to convince the carabinieri that you’re only popping out for a liter of milk…

    in reply to: 2020 scoring system – is it an improvement? #1105262
    arlcxrider
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    As a first-timer, no complaints here about the scoring system. The daily bonuses turned me from an everyday rider to an every day rider.

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    @OneEighth 199259 wrote:

    For what it’s worth, all of my serious injuries (multiple concussions, broken collarbone, cracked vertebrae, wounds requiring stitches) have all resulted from bicycle accidents rather than motorcycle accidents (and I’ve had a few of them over the decades, too, including getting run over by an electrician’s van—which left me sore and slightly bruised but otherwise fine).

    Same here: concussion, shoulder separation, and road rash from a bicycle crash last summer. The motorcycle and I once parted company at 60 mph–bike totaled, helmet trashed, leathers and boots heavily scuffed. But I walked away with some spectacular bruises–but otherwise OK. Gear works…

    in reply to: Cyclist struck at Arl Mem’l Circle, 2/25/20 #1104816
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    Slightly off-topic, and I’m sure this has been thoroughly hashed over elsewhere in the forum, but I don’t think the NPS’s preferred plan (“Alternative C”) is going to improve things all that much. They’re proposing two dedicated lanes to make the turn onto the Bridge, with in-circle traffic yielding, essentially what exists today, with only a minor modification. I don’t really see how maintaining the status quo supports the study’s claims that this will reduce vehicle speeds at the bike/ped crossing, site of today’s crash. Or the study’s claim that moving the crossing closer to the circle will be safer for peds/bikes because drivers will be “anticipating” conflicts there (they mean conflicts with other four-wheeled vehicles.) To reduce speeds they need to make the circle *harder* for entering cars to negotiate, not easier. Or drastically re-design the circle for a much tighter radius–but I’m sure that’ll have the ardent historic preservationists up in arms. The NPS plan for the ped/bike crossings is moving the crossing closer to the circle, with better signage, and rumble strips. Traffic calming doesn’t seem to be on the menu.

    https://s26551.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/GWMP_Safety-Improvements_EA_Pt1.pdf

    in reply to: Cyclist struck at Arl Mem’l Circle, 2/25/20 #1104801
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    (1), south entrance to the Circle of Doom (technically Washington Blvd I guess). Sorry it wasn’t clearer. “Hotspot 5” in the latest NPS study.

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    in reply to: Arlington Vision Zero #1104790
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    @sjclaeys 198739 wrote:

    Speaking of vision zero, that is what car drivers have right now of cyclists and pedestrians waiting to cross Lynn Street northward at the IOD due to the new huge “sidewalk closed” sign. Not seeing anyone, they are even more willing to ignore the no right turn sign during the leading crossing interval. I will “strive” to not get injured or killed.

    I was once telling a non-native English speaker that often the sequence of words has a lot of bearing on the meaning, such as the difference between a “firm mattress” and a “mattress firm.” Or in this case, “zero vision” and “vision zero.”

    in reply to: Arlington Vision Zero #1104691
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    As a daily user of Quincy, I respectfully disagree that it’s a “seriously good project.” Southbound especially it’s a non-stop sh!t$how between Fairfax and Glebe. It starts with the never-ending utility work at Fairfax that has all but obliterated the lane between 9th and Fairfax. Then there’s the habitual lane blockers at the Marriott Residence Inn, the Domino’s pizza delivery guys that dart across the lane without stopping (or looking), and the Mercedes dealer–their trucks constantly park in the lane just north of Glebe. In my view there are far too potential interruptions, drop-off zones, driveways (pizza), and other minor intersections for the lane to operate successfully, absent a massive increase in enforcement activity. 5 times out of ten I have to “take the lane” on Quincy.

    in reply to: Arlington Vision Zero #1104653
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    Vision Zero is largely rhetorical and aspirational, therefore “strive” is perfect. But I am glad they’ve deemed traffic deaths and severe injuries are not “acceptable.” Glad that’s settled…

    Example: new Lubber Run Center. Lots of new parking, lots of new traffic. But DES is going to wait for it to open and *then* do a “study,” and who knows how long to actually do any implementation. The intersection of Park Dr. and George Mason is already a cluster…can’t wait to see what it’s like when the shiny new Lubber Run Center opens. (One of the design options contemplated closing Park Dr. between 3rd St. and George Mason. That didn’t make the first cut.) The sight lines are horrible, and the 30-mph limit on George Mason is a joke.

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