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    For the second time in a week, yesterday a cyclist asked me for help putting a chain back on the rings. Not shaming, just surprised.

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    Wet and windy, which is fine, but I was a little cranky because so many people have the day off. Didn't see a cyclist, runner, or pedestrian until Key Bridge, and there were no wet tire tracks under the bridges on the Custis. Might have scored a #1 on the Rosslyn Bikeometer if it were working.

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    ...was quite wet. Extra empty too, likely due to rain and Columbus Day (there are a few of us that do not work directly for the gov't and have to work.).

    And my newest, most dangerous part of my commute: The minivan that weaves all over the road tossing newspapers on my approach to the Custis. I have been taking this route for a few years and he popped up a couple of months ago. I am not sure if it was a route change or new person, but he seems to think he owns the road. There are cars parked on either side from time to time that he weaves around and frequently there are other cars that have to maneuver around him too. This morning he veered towards me, which had me yelling some unpleasant words towards him - at least he looked up at that point. It was dark and raining. From now on it will be at least dark when he does this. I have lights and reflectors, but if he isn't looking anyway, this is going to be a constant battle. Other routes for me don't make too much sense since this is a straight shot from my house - and he wanders like this over all the streets in the area. Some days our timing has us meet and other times I see him on the cross roads.

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    Well if he is delivering newspapers, he is at least likely to keep his windows open. So yelling might be more effective with this driver than most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrP View Post
    ...was quite wet. Extra empty too, likely due to rain and Columbus Day (there are a few of us that do not work directly for the gov't and have to work.).

    And my newest, most dangerous part of my commute: The minivan that weaves all over the road tossing newspapers on my approach to the Custis. I have been taking this route for a few years and he popped up a couple of months ago. I am not sure if it was a route change or new person, but he seems to think he owns the road. There are cars parked on either side from time to time that he weaves around and frequently there are other cars that have to maneuver around him too. This morning he veered towards me, which had me yelling some unpleasant words towards him - at least he looked up at that point. It was dark and raining. From now on it will be at least dark when he does this. I have lights and reflectors, but if he isn't looking anyway, this is going to be a constant battle. Other routes for me don't make too much sense since this is a straight shot from my house - and he wanders like this over all the streets in the area. Some days our timing has us meet and other times I see him on the cross roads.
    Find out what paper he is delivering. Call/email them and politely tell them you are concerned that one of their delivery drivers is driving in a way that isn't safe. Tell them the time and place so they know what route it is. Car description and license plate wouldn't hurt either. If that doesn't put an end to it, tell the PoPo.

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    Too warm and humid for October, but otherwise a beautiful morning. Many more people than yesterday. And, it is a sad state that I have to include this as being another part of a fabulous ride - everyone who passed me called their passes! And there were quite a few. I was shocked. Where are you all the rest of the year? (Or where did all those others who just whiz by without a word or ding go? And can they stay there?)

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    Stop sign enforcement op on Van Buren near EFC station. Be aware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drewdane View Post
    Stop sign enforcement op on Van Buren near EFC station. Be aware.
    Good. Too many cyclists blow through there in the am. There's a school bus stop right there and I've seen a few kids almost get bowled over.

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    Tania low five this morning which helped reduce the pain of coming back to work after a three day weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tania View Post
    Good. Too many cyclists blow through there in the am. There's a school bus stop right there and I've seen a few kids almost get bowled over.
    Agree, though this is actually a block away from the school bus stop, closer to the the turnoff into the park.

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