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Thread: Question about riding on the SIDEWALK--input please

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    The Confident City Cycling Course will give you the skills you need to feel more comfortable riding in the street.

    I feel much safer riding on the streets. But it took a couple of years to develop that attitude. I understand your position and just want to put it out there that you'll get to that point too.

    I just came in from a ride with Rambo, my 11-year-old son. I felt much more in control with him on the residential streets and even crossing Route 123 than I did on the W&OD. We almost wound up wearing doggie bits when one decided to walk in front of us. It was on leash that could be measured in yards, not feet.

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    First and foremost - it's pretty useless to get in a debate with someone by pulling up code and arguing that way. While you might be right, it makes you look arrogant and any stubborn person will refuse to accept fact and still continue to argue their point.

    Second - riding on the sidewalk will always has it place. There are a few roads in DC I refuse to ride on and a sidewalk will always be my recourse.

    Sorry to hear about your troubles but the first reply was spot on - just ignore the angry man and continue on.

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    If you were pedaling casually then I highly doubt you were going 20mph. Plus, you had time to have a full born little conversation with the guy, which implies to me you were going at best 5mph by that point.

    Funny with him threatening to sue. Was he even carrying anything to pick up his dog's waste? I bet not. But when people say dumb stuff like that, the little devil inside me couldn't help but respond with something snarky like, "I once had dog filet, it tasted great" (of course total bs, but nonetheless, would be amusing). And this is why it's best for me to keep my mouth shut.

    I take the roads by Cap Hill and even then, somehow I almost hit pedestrians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodOmens View Post
    First and foremost - it's pretty useless to get in a debate with someone by pulling up code and arguing that way. While you might be right, it makes you look arrogant and any stubborn person will refuse to accept fact and still continue to argue their point.
    Well, he was only looking it up afterward. But I carry the code around with me just in case (mostly in case I encounter an uninformed police officer). I don't see it as arrogant to know the law. A stubborn person is going to be stubborn either way. He might go home and calm down later and think about it though, I don't know.

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