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Thread: Driver on Bluemont Junction Trail

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    Default Driver on Bluemont Junction Trail

    Earlier this afternoon, I encountered a driver on the Bluemont Junction Trail.

    After checking out the situation, I took some photos of the area where the guy entered the trail.

    Looks like this is the route he took: http://goo.gl/tEsJZx

    I sent an e-mail (thank you Tim Kelley for the Sticky on this forum) to the Arlington Trails contact. I got an automated message back from them saying they will send it to the appropriate person, so I will update this thread as I get more information.

    Here is what I wrote:


    Good afternoon.

    I want to report a potentially dangerous trail access on the Bluemont Junction Trail.

    While biking west from the intersection of Emerson Drive/Bluemont Junction Trail towards Bluemont Park, I saw a car driving toward me on the trail. After unsuccessfully attempting to flag him down to stop him, he ignored me and proceeded to turn off the trail onto Emerson Drive. I asked a fellow trail user where the car entered the trail, and she pointed to the access from North Jefferson Street (near 5th Street North).

    I went to check out that access and noticed that there is only a "Dead End" sign. No signs state that vehicles are not allowed on the trail. The driver entered from North Jefferson Street, turned left onto the trail, and then turned off the trail onto North Emerson Street. I do have the license plate # and make of the car, but I did not contact the police because I saw how easy it would be for a driver to mistakenly drive onto the trail.

    Here are some photos of the spot where the driver entered the trail:

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    I think better signage is needed. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do. Thank you.

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    As President of RUB (Remove Useless Bollards), I strongly oppose the use of bollards to deal with this problem before first trying signage, paint, design changes and other non-dangerous solutions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    As President of RUB (Remove Useless Bollards), I strongly oppose the use of bollards to deal with this problem before first trying signage, paint, design changes and other non-dangerous solutions.
    What's your stance on anti-tank cannons?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrenaut View Post
    What's your stance on anti-tank cannons?
    Do we have a problem with tanks on the trails now, too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrenaut View Post
    What's your stance on anti-tank cannons?
    What's your stance on anti-cannon tanks?

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    HEY! WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST CANNONS!!!! We're nice people! Really!


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    Quote Originally Posted by americancyclo View Post
    Do we have a problem with tanks on the trails now, too?
    No, but always be prepared, that's my motto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcannon100 View Post
    HEY! WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST CANNONS!!!! We're nice people! Really!

    You're from the Isle of Man? Why aren't you faster???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Kelley View Post
    You're from the Isle of Man? Why aren't you faster???
    Nice spot Tim, and you beat me to it!

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    I am told that there is still a Cannon farm on the Island of Man. Have not visited. Have visited the Cannon farm in Salt Lake and Idaho where there are so many Cannons you hit one if you throw a potato. I think the story goes that my great grandmother died and my great grandfather was distraught - so half the family was raised by one aunt and the other by another aunt. One half stayed mormon and in Salt Lake and the other half left. My grandfather found his way to West Point and ended up in the jungle of Burma with Gen. Vinegar Joe Stillwell.

    Of course I am also Norwegian (Olstead - Long Island rum runners) and Austrian (Triska). I am sure it must be the Norwegian slowing me down.

    And yes there are certain other cyclist Cannons in our little community that probably have roots back to the great George Q Cannon as well.

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