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baiskeli
07-08-2011, 08:22 AM
Now that I got a chance to use that title...

A couple of police officers were giving out warnings to cyclists running the red on the Custis along Lee Highway this morning. Alot of cyclists come flying down hill there. The cops told me they had received complaints about near misses there. Not sure if that means peds, cars, or other cyclists, or more than one.

Usern Ame
07-08-2011, 08:26 AM
Were they doing something else too? I swear when I rode past one of the cops he looked at me and then made a little check or note on his clip board.

baiskeli
07-08-2011, 08:32 AM
Were they doing something else too? I swear when I rode past one of the cops he looked at me and then made a little check or note on his clip board.

Don't know. I didn't get a chance to ask much, they were busy. I saw a cop car further down the trail but that might be unrelated.

consularrider
07-08-2011, 09:48 AM
Hmmm, there was a park police officer at the stop sign at Gravelly Point having a discussion with a cyclist. Is there a pattern here?

StopMeansStop
07-08-2011, 09:56 AM
I hope they follow up with writing tickets. I have been complaining for years about the near misses.

baiskeli
07-08-2011, 10:45 AM
Were they doing something else too? I swear when I rode past one of the cops he looked at me and then made a little check or note on his clip board.

Maybe it was this:

http://bikepeddocumentation.org/

Tim Kelley
07-08-2011, 10:48 AM
Maybe it was this:

http://bikepeddocumentation.org/

No it wouldn't be the bike/ped counts. That is organized by County staff and completed by resident volunteers, usually in September.

The police may be keep records for their own purposes.

KLizotte
07-08-2011, 12:58 PM
I hope they follow up with writing tickets. I have been complaining for years about the near misses.

I ride thru Gravelly Pt twice a day on my commute and I can't say I've ever seen a real safety issue with cyclists only slowing down or riding thru the stop sign (little traffic and usually one gets waved thru by drivers anyway) but I have seen some some seriously dangerous situations with the peds along the trail right at the end of the runway. The peds don't look before crossing, stand in clusters on the asphalt, let their kiddies play there, etc.

Ideally, the county or NPS (I don't know who controls the land) would build a trail detour along the western side of the grass and back over to the trail at the northern end of the playing fields. That way cyclists can bypass that bottleneck altogether. Since the land is already cleared and mowed regularly anyway, seems like the only cost would be building and maintaining the trail itself. They could even go so far as to mark that short detour as "cyclists only" to deter joggers/walkers from turning it into a circuit.

Kathy

Usern Ame
07-08-2011, 01:00 PM
Maybe it was this:

http://bikepeddocumentation.org/

The thing is he didn't seem to do it for the people in front of me...it was like he looked at me and was like "there's one"...could have been just a coincidence, but then why did he have a clipboard and pen out at all?

baiskeli
07-08-2011, 01:50 PM
The thing is he didn't seem to do it for the people in front of me...it was like he looked at me and was like "there's one"...could have been just a coincidence, but then why did he have a clipboard and pen out at all?

It's a trick to make you nervous.

Usern Ame
07-08-2011, 01:56 PM
It's a trick to make you nervous.

Yep, that makes the most sense.

StopMeansStop
07-08-2011, 09:05 PM
Now that I got a chance to use that title...


Sounds like a Cinemax late night special

baiskeli
07-11-2011, 08:42 AM
Sounds like a Cinemax late night special

Glad somebody appreciates it.

Mark Blacknell
07-11-2011, 09:32 AM
Talked to the ACPD officer there today. While I've been publicly critical of some ACPD efforts, I have zero problems with what I witnessed. It was all warnings, and in every case that I saw, well deserved. They were out there in response to a citizen complaint (so no coordination with NPS at Gravelly, etc.). We talked for a bit about what might be done, what the real problems were, etc. I left quite satisfied that this particular officer was bringing a net benefit to our streets by doing what she was doing.

(Also? Christ there are some idiots on bikes. If you don't have enough sense/capacity to notice the ACPD car/officer standing *right there* and stop/slow down? Then you certainly weren't going to see an approaching car.)

Usern Ame
07-11-2011, 10:03 AM
Did you find out what the citizen complaint was? Was it speed or someone going through a red light?

RESTONTODC
07-11-2011, 10:33 AM
(Also? Christ there are some idiots on bikes. If you don't have enough sense/capacity to notice the ACPD car/officer standing *right there* and stop/slow down? Then you certainly weren't going to see an approaching car.)

I'm totally agreed. The ACPD officer wants to show his presence by parking his mark car the light. If you can't see him, you should deserve a ticket.

baiskeli
07-11-2011, 02:36 PM
(Also? Christ there are some idiots on bikes. If you don't have enough sense/capacity to notice the ACPD car/officer standing *right there* and stop/slow down? Then you certainly weren't going to see an approaching car.)

Excellent point!

baiskeli
07-11-2011, 02:38 PM
Did you find out what the citizen complaint was? Was it speed or someone going through a red light?

It was about bikes running the red there.

baiskeli
07-11-2011, 02:39 PM
In any event, the police are now off Martha Custis, but lots of sweaty men are all over Martha Custis every day.

What? It's true.