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    I have an annual pass, am all for supporting the...

    I have an annual pass, am all for supporting the parks, and hate the fact that it's cheaper to drive than bike a group to a national park. It makes no sense at all. (This is SOP nationwide, not...
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    I think it's pretty clear that nobody could have...

    I think it's pretty clear that nobody could have forseen this.
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    It's not just their policy, it's also their...

    It's not just their policy, it's also their design. Replace the current MUT with a dedicated cycle track and distinct pedestrian facility and a lot of the objections would vanish.
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    I think we're just talking past each other here,...

    I think we're just talking past each other here, as you seem to be fixated on current e-bikes that have a limited ability to boost speeds and depend on pedal assist, and disregard the concerns that...
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    Exactly that. I don't think "severity of injury...

    Exactly that. I don't think "severity of injury in collision with bike at 30MPH vs severity of injury in collision with bike at walking speed" is something that even needs serious study. The basic...
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    You're not even paying attention to who you're...

    You're not even paying attention to who you're talking to, since I've stated several times that I think speed limits on trails are stupid--so I don't know why you think I want an e-bike speed limit....
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    You're apparently unfamiliar with the level of...

    You're apparently unfamiliar with the level of rage people can attain when asked to pay for parking. This is a public safety initiative.
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    That's a ridiculous answer, speeds in the range...

    That's a ridiculous answer, speeds in the range appropriate for a trail aren't enforceable. 20 is too high much of the time, and really means 30 (which is way too high). The real answer is for people...
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    lol

    lol
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    I don't think it's even a question. LE will not...

    I don't think it's even a question. LE will not devote resources to this. If problems rise to the level of widespread complaints they'll bring down a big/broad hammer, but there's zero chance they'll...
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    Of course, the relevant science is that the...

    Of course, the relevant science is that the energy is proportional to the square of the velocity...so the absolute difference is fairly irrelevant in the context of the discussion. But we do...
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    This is obviously a war on cars, which should be...

    This is obviously a war on cars, which should be allowed to hit whatever they want.
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    +1 for Old Ox if that's an option. Caveat is that...

    +1 for Old Ox if that's an option. Caveat is that I don't remember if they have any kid friendly beverages like Lost Rhino's root beer. They do usually have a food truck out front, and you can check...
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    I don't know if I'd do it, honestly. Definitely...

    I don't know if I'd do it, honestly. Definitely not the obvious way on Smith's Switch unless the kids are confident & experienced (which seems unlikely). I'd maybe say try using the sidepath on...
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    The key phrase was "easy to get". I don't...

    The key phrase was "easy to get".



    I don't really care about the fun, I care about the safety. As much as the hyperbole about the current e-bikes is overblown (the weight and speed deltas just...
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    For longer commutes in Fairfax I think you'd just...

    For longer commutes in Fairfax I think you'd just see a decline in riders. There are long stretches of the W&OD which are mostly empty in the morning where 20MPH is in no way unsafe (unless you're...
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    This has basically been my problem with e-bikes...

    This has basically been my problem with e-bikes all along. The advocates insist that it's only assistive, and the speeds aren't that high, and the batteries won't allow extended high speed use--but...
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    The difference is fairly clear science that...

    The difference is fairly clear science that higher vehicle speed limits result in more fatalities. I don't think there's any science to suggest that a speed limit of 15 (i.e., 25) on a trail does...
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    With the standard 10 MPH leeway, that's a 25MPH...

    With the standard 10 MPH leeway, that's a 25MPH speed limit.

    Side note: trail speed limits are idiotic, because they're too low when the trail is empty and too high when the trail is crowded.
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    It's not just the mailing address. I think the...

    It's not just the mailing address. I think the proper term is "de facto quasi-anti-retrocession".
    https://media.defense.gov/2006/Nov/29/2001116170/655/438/0/208682-Y-SHV41-732.jpg
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    No, this is flagrantly absurd because the weights...

    No, this is flagrantly absurd because the weights involved are so small and so variable. A small person on an ebike is going to mass less than me on my utility bike. There have been a lot of sturdy...
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    Well, it was a stupid memo

    Well, it was a stupid memo
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    non bike people always ride around with their...

    non bike people always ride around with their seats several inches too low, so depending on their testers it might have never come up
  24. stop the war on peds!

    stop the war on peds!
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    I wouldn't even say that--the surface isn't one...

    I wouldn't even say that--the surface isn't one where skinny tires are going to provide a speed advantage. I saw the question more as "do I need to have different tires, or will this work". Wider is...
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