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    Great point.

    Great point.
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    Sightlines of the crosswalk aren't great for...

    Sightlines of the crosswalk aren't great for drivers entering that ramp from the north. Nor for drivers coming down the hill trying to catch RCP southbound. And those downhill drivers sometimes block...
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    This could create an opportunity for data...

    This could create an opportunity for data collection regarding the impact of a potential road diet or bus lane on Columbia Pike. Since the closures will be in place for many months, we can observe ...
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    This one is from Ballston on Saturday afternoon:...

    This one is from Ballston on Saturday afternoon:

    Me: preparing to turn right from westbound 5th Rd N onto northbound Quincy
    You: two pedestrians half a block north, walking in the Quincy St bike...
  5. Right-turning drivers have a tendency to assume...

    Right-turning drivers have a tendency to assume that they too can go whenever they see a green light to go straight. I've seen a lot of drivers run reds under similar circumstances at 22nd & M, Duke...
  6. In case I was at all unclear, I have no doubt...

    In case I was at all unclear, I have no doubt that drivers may in fact behave more hostile and dangerous around female cyclists. My objection was only with journalists' assertion that the study I...
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    I haven't been this way in awhile, but perhaps...

    I haven't been this way in awhile, but perhaps this is a seasonal thing? From Streetview it looks like much of the reduction in viewing distance is due to vegetation hanging off the trees in the...
  8. Very true. And even when the underlying data are...

    Very true. And even when the underlying data are in fact accessible, data journalists can often contaminate their communication with ignorance of (or willful blindness to) basic statistics.

    Here's...
  9. For this reason, I've typically found that...

    For this reason, I've typically found that streets with a lot of unpredictable activity feel quite safe for cycling. The chaos actually helps, as long as you are not too shy to take the lane when...
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    Yes, although that trail along 27 itself...

    A trail already makes this crossing (see above). The sightlines are good, but it would be safer with a street light to illuminate people crossing.[/QUOTE]

    Yes, although that trail along 27 itself...
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    I didn't think of that in my responses for this...

    I didn't think of that in my responses for this segment, but I agree that the gap further east in the 50 southside trail is a big hole in the network for bicycling. From Penrose there is no way to...
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    My first take on The Quadrant Roadway and...

    My first take on The Quadrant Roadway and Restricted Crossing U-Turn concepts: they look like exurban fantasies that would be highly inappropriate for a road like this one. I have no idea how they...
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    VDOT Study US-50 Arlington (Fillmore to Glebe)

    VDOT is studying "improvements" for Arlington Blvd between Fillmore and Glebe. There is a public meeting this Thurs Nov 14 (6:30 at TJ). I can't go, but I do hope that someone is able to attend and...
  14. Some drivers interpret mph as miles per half-hour...

    Some drivers interpret mph as miles per half-hour ...
  15. I don't have the data at hand, but the urban...

    I don't have the data at hand, but the urban cyclist fatalities surely do not contain the same fraction of "motorist overtaking bicyclist, non-intersection" as the rural ones do.
  16. Perhaps human-powered riders are less likely to...

    Perhaps human-powered riders are less likely to notice juiced bikes when passing them than when being passed by them? Ditto for e-bikes where the battery is used for assistance, not as the whole...
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    I'm even more cautious of people exiting...

    I'm even more cautious of people exiting fast-food drive-thrus. They're often more attentive to their newly acquired treats than they are to anything beyond their windshields.
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    Me: riding northbound on N Irving St, approaching...

    Me: riding northbound on N Irving St, approaching the intersection with 5th St N a few minutes before 10am today
    You 1: driver who has trailed me northbound for about three blocks, now trying to...
  19. Nice find.

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    Nice find.
  20. An average car may be six feet, but trucks, SUVs,...

    An average car may be six feet, but trucks, SUVs, and buses are wider. Riding to the right encourages dangerous passes by larger vehicles. And it also encourages dangerous passes even by smaller...
  21. Are you referring to Marshall Drive eastbound...

    Are you referring to Marshall Drive eastbound from Fort Myer downhill towards 110 (where there is a grate at the bottom of the dip before a short rise)? That lane is far too narrow (11 feet maybe?)...
  22. Good points. My use of "should" in my first...

    The problem with this approach is that there are too many gray areas in Arlington today. E.g.
    - is the Custis in Rosslyn a sidewalk or a trail? What about the westside Rte 50 beside Fairfax Drive...
  23. I agree. Far too complicated. The type of vehicle...

    I agree. Far too complicated. The type of vehicle should not be a factor in setting urban speed limits.

    I do however think that the setting should be a factor, with different limits for streets...
  24. Thanks Mark for organizing and everyone else for...

    Thanks Mark for organizing and everyone else for volunteering. I'm on the West Coast this week, or else I would participate also. Looking forward to seeing what we can learn from the data though!
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    Q & A with John Forester

    A long read but well worth the time. It covers John Forester's life story as a cyclist and advocate. The author, Peter Flax, disagrees with Forester on the usual street design topics, but his...
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