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    Quote Originally Posted by Crickey7 View Post
    In a loud voice:

    "Driver of vehicle with Maryland license plates XXX-XXXX. You are currently being filmed. If you do not cease your harassment immediately, this film will be turned over to the MPD Second District (it really doesn't matter if this is true, the point is to sound official)."
    Just to set the record straight, he had Virginia plates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    I was riding southeast on Maine as usual between 9th and my left turn onto 7th...
    If this is getting to be a regular issue, you might consider taking the left off of Maine at 9th, then heading east on G Street until 4th, then south to I. It adds a couple blocks to your morning ride, but G and 4th are usually pretty serene in that area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    If this is getting to be a regular issue, you might consider taking the left off of Maine at 9th, then heading east on G Street until 4th, then south to I. It adds a couple blocks to your morning ride, but G and 4th are usually pretty serene in that area.
    +1. I modified my eastbound PM route to take the Case Bridge to G, G to 3rd, then 3rd down to I to get across to Capitol Hill. It adds 0.2 miles to my commute compared to taking Maine to I, but is much less stressful. Westbound in the AM I take I to Maine, just because G is one way eastbound and carrying my bike over the curbs at L'Enfant is more trouble than it's worth.

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    I don't ride everyday like you guys do, but I have been taking a lane each way between the fish market and M St. and 4th, and I haven't really had any issues down there.

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    When going from Case Bridge to I St SW, I often take the Maine sidewalk from 9th to 7th. Sidewalk!!?? Yeah I know... but that block isn't bad. It saves the trouble of two left turns and riding through the ever-changing construction zone. I haven't encountered crowds of peds there, plus there are no driveway crossings to worry about. Westbound I use the Maine roadway.
    Last edited by scoot; 08-09-2017 at 01:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creadinger View Post
    I don't ride everyday like you guys do, but I have been taking a lane each way between the fish market and M St. and 4th, and I haven't really had any issues down there.
    Most of the time it is not too bad, but this interaction stood out. Not only for the close pass, but for the classic misunderstanding by the driver of where I needed to be positioned. And for the role of a "too wide lane" in enabling his bad pass. Since we have spoken about lane widths and traffic calming of late, I wanted to point this out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoot View Post
    When going from Case Bridge to I St SW, I often take the Maine sidewalk from 9th to 7th. Sidewalk!!?? Yeah I know... but that block isn't bad. It saves the trouble of two left turns and riding through the ever-changing construction zone. I haven't encountered crowds of peds there, plus there are no driveway crossings to worry about. Westbound I use the Maine roadway.
    Depends on the time of day and the weather - early PM rush hour on a nice day there can be quite a few peds, as well as the cyclists in both directions. And I don't like to ring my way past peds on a narrow sidewalk if I can avoid it. And I don't have patience for long stretchs at 3MPH. Or less. But that is westbound where the road is usually a better option. Eastbound I am usually coming from the sidewalk near the fish market (almost always used only by cyclists and a few runners in the AM) from which getting into the east bound roadway is a good bit easier I think than from the Case Bridge (which I only use going westbound)

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    Default 2 Near Doom Experiences

    First, at the IOD (where else) I am eastbound waiting for the LPI behind another cyclist, nobody on the other (westbound) side of Lynn. We begin crossing Lynn as the LPI turns on. As the leader approaches the ramp, oblivious driver, focused like a laser beam on potential cars coming from the left, starts his right turn and abruptly stops just short of flattening the leader who with some physics-defying lateral moves makes his way onto the ramp. Meanwhile, I'm in front of the driver now screaming, "HEY! NO TURNS! LOOK AT THE SIGN!" and pointing at the light-up "No Right Turn" sign (hoping it was still on). Not sure if the bro heard me over the sports talk radio in the car, but he was looking right at me. Anyway, got out of the street, asked the other rider if he was OK, he was, and off I went. It occurs to me, the IOD needs two things: a second one of those "No Right Turn" light-up signs, but this one positioned on the other side of Lee Highway over the rightmost lane of Lynn Street facing north, i.e., in the field of view of the right-on-red drivers; and yellow strobes around both signs that flash when the signs are lit.

    Second, at the ramp up to the 14th Street bridge off of MVT, lots of traffic around so I'm coming down from the Humpback squeezing the front brake while signaling a right turn. Northbound guy on funny-looking ebike with small fat wheels goes whizzing up the ramp, not really cutting me off but close, keeps slowly pedalling through the turn and forgets he needs to bank hard at that speed and catches the left pedal on the trail. He manages not to crash though, so second possible disaster averted.

    What a beautiful day though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    +1. I modified my eastbound PM route to take the Case Bridge to G, G to 3rd, then 3rd down to I to get across to Capitol Hill. It adds 0.2 miles to my commute compared to taking Maine to I, but is much less stressful. Westbound in the AM I take I to Maine, just because G is one way eastbound and carrying my bike over the curbs at L'Enfant is more trouble than it's worth.
    I followed Emm on this route this morning (except I took 4th street to get to Eye) . It avoided the mess on Maine, but A. The Case is better going westbound, because you have to go slowly around the hairpins anyway, and eastbound you get the long uphill on the bridge itself instead of the long downhill B. The curb to get onto the road at Banneker Park (but I am running flat pedals, so not so bad) C. The troublesome left turn onto 9th.

    A is really a matter of Rule Number 5, and B really isn't that bad. Not sure I want to make that left regularly though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KWL View Post
    ...was a little eventful. I figured I would need to clean up and dry off when I got to the office but I didn't count on needing to walk the last 4 miles to work pushing a bike with a blown out front rim. It became clear the tire trashing about made things worse so I removed it and clattered up the MVT on the rim. I was tempted to ride in the grass, but my bike handling skills aren't all that great in the best circumstances. I took CaBi home and will transport an extra 26" front wheel to my crippled XO-1 tomorrow. Note to self: Be more diligent in checking rim wear.
    Sorry to hear that. I might have taken advantage of my AAA membership in that situation, since it includes byke roadside assistance - depending of course on distance to go.

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