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  1. Beware: Open season on cyclists at the Intersection of Doom

    I got hit there this morning at about 8:30. I was going eastbound and had the white walk signal. It was white when I arrived, so I was moving when I entered. The car that hit me had blocked the...
  2. It seems worse. I think it's been blocked every...

    It seems worse. I think it's been blocked every single morning I've tried to go through at about 8:30 to 8:45 a.m. And I've only made it through in the evening once in the last five tries.
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    Two from Monday: 1) You: Secret Service Police...

    Two from Monday:

    1) You: Secret Service Police car at 17th and Penn.
    Me: On my bike westbound on Penn. just beyond the security barricades, waiting at the light at 17th to make a left turn to go...
  4. If this was about fence jumpers and increased...

    If this was about fence jumpers and increased security, wouldn't it be closed all the time? My hunch is that it's shut down when Trump is going somewhere by car (which is pretty rare) or Pence is...
  5. That also avoids me riding on the sidewalk on H...

    That also avoids me riding on the sidewalk on H from 20th to 19th. How is it that the IMF gets to close a street for SEVEN YEARS to renovate a building? They're four years into the project with three...
  6. Is it just me, or is Penn. Ave. in front of the White House closed more often now?

    I bike commute from Virginia to near the Verizon Center, and it seems to me that the Secret Service is shutting down Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House a lot more often these days. I'm...
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    I'm not sure if you had the light on inside the...

    I'm not sure if you had the light on inside the car or not. I didn't see it. I truly had no idea what was coming at me. I hadn't seen you in a while and wasn't thinking it could be you. I really...
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    Yes, it was a couple months ago. But you've got...

    Yes, it was a couple months ago. But you've got insanely bright lights and it's impossible to tell what's coming at me--whether it's your electric car, a regular car with a crazy driver on the path,...
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    I try to ignore yours but it's hard to do it when...

    I try to ignore yours but it's hard to do it when you're blazing down the trail in your car in the dark with two insanely bright headlights that can't be dimmed by hand like many conscientious...
  10. Does it usually take this long to take down the Inaugural Parade reviewing stands?

    They started going up even before election day.
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    I meant to post this Tuesday but forgot. As I was...

    I meant to post this Tuesday but forgot. As I was riding up the Custis Trail westbound from Rosslyn, I noticed--for the second day in a row--an orange construction warning sign blocking half the...
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    I don't see why it's a four-way stop. I think...

    I don't see why it's a four-way stop. I think everyone would be happier and safer if they eliminated the stop signs on Van Buren and only had stop signs on the east-west street.
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    I used my pro cyclocross skills, hopped off,...

    I used my pro cyclocross skills, hopped off, quick hurdle, and was on my way. I wish it was always there--I could use the practice.
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    I just looked on TV, and there's a parade on my...

    I just looked on TV, and there's a parade on my bike commuting route! I can't wait to get Pennsylvania Avenue back from 15th to 17th. The detours the last two months have been annoying.

    I do have...
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    Steve, I'm surprised we haven't crossed paths. I...

    Steve, I'm surprised we haven't crossed paths. I live right on the line between Arlington and Fairfax County north of EFC (by Williamsburg & Westmoreland). I split my work time between DC and Reston...
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    Should I mount studs this morning for my ride...

    Should I mount studs this morning for my ride from East Falls Church to Chinatown (W&OD to Custis to MVT to Roosevelt Bridge to Foggy Bottom and DC streets)? Or will 23mm slicks be OK? Or put my...
  17. Sticky: Why don't we just sneak over in the middle of the...

    Why don't we just sneak over in the middle of the night and apply anti-slip paint ourselves?
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    Am I going to have to deal with the closure of...

    Am I going to have to deal with the closure of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House all the way through Inauguration Day? Arrgh. And speaking of road closures downtown, why can the IMF...
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    I'd downgrade the Roosevelt Bridge crossing. It's...

    I'd downgrade the Roosevelt Bridge crossing. It's the scariest bike route in the area, even though it's separated from car traffic. The path is very narrow and the barriers are very low, both to the...
  20. Horrible repaving job on Williamsburg Blvd and George Mason Drive in Arlington

    In the last couple weeks, Arlington County has applied some sort of topcoat sealer to Williamsburg Blvd and George Mason Drive. (Possibly elsewhere as well.) The surface is rough, but even worse,...
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    I was bad yesterday. I was riding through a bike...

    I was bad yesterday. I was riding through a bike lane in DC and a woman pulled out from a parking garage right in front of me and stopped in the bike lane because there was no gap in the gridlocked...
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    Dr. Firestone is an athlete himself (3 hour...

    Dr. Firestone is an athlete himself (3 hour marathoner), which I think is helpful in dealing with sports injuries as they understand that indefinite rest is not always an option.
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    I generally will enter on a flashing red, but at...

    I generally will enter on a flashing red, but at this intersection I don't. There are two reasons: 1) it's not worth the risk; and 2) I actually feel bad for the drivers who have to wait 3 or 4...
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    Perhaps this is too nuanced, but I think it's OK...

    Perhaps this is too nuanced, but I think it's OK and respectful to ride through calmly, either just passing through, enjoying the tranquility, or visiting a grave. I would not want to see people...
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    Today is National Donut Day after all.

    Today is National Donut Day after all.
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