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    This evening I headed to NoVa CC arts building to vote. Don't usually go that way from the trail network, esp after dark. Headed up Lucky Run Trail by Walter Reed. Contemplated taking Beauregard, but crossing from the corner seemed well nigh impossible and pulling out in front of the traffic in the right through lane looked scary. So I decided to head up Rte 7 to Dawes. Tried the sidewalk. Blocked atvthe Wendy's drive through. I maneuvered around the SUV blocking the sidewalk, muttering "this actually IS a sidewalk". Driver "and you're on a bike" "You expect me to ride with THEM" indicating the heavy traffic racing to FFX cty. "I have to get in" (orcwords to that effect" "Just leave a gap of a few feet for the sidewalk" "And push the car behind me into traffic?" "It's too late now " Well thanks for teaching me how to drive" (sarcastically). "Yes I've been driving since 1980, I know how to drive"

    I eventually did enter Rte 7 briefly to make the turn onto Dawes.

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    "Never go between a man and his cheeseburger" has served me well.

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    It seems it was actually the Popeye's and the issue was the chicken sandwiches.

    If any developer wants to buy that parcel and get rid of the drive through, I volunteer to go to the Council and testify on behalf of any zoning variance to redevelop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    It seems it was actually the Popeye's and the issue was the chicken sandwiches.
    Those things are dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    If any developer wants to buy that parcel and get rid of the drive through, I volunteer to go to the Council and testify on behalf of any zoning variance to redevelop.
    One of the most enlightening moments I've ever had on Transportation Commission was when the transportation impact analysis came in for the 12-story office building that will eventually replace the old Wendy's in Courthouse. Trips per day went DOWN. Like..way down. Fast food drive-throughs are extremely traffic-intensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordofthemark View Post
    It seems it was actually the Popeye's and the issue was the chicken sandwiches.

    If any developer wants to buy that parcel and get rid of the drive through, I volunteer to go to the Council and testify on behalf of any zoning variance to redevelop.
    Sorry if I made you feel worse. I learned to avoid those heading into fast food restaurants because they are only half alert, it's their last leg of the trip, and it gives me a chuckle every time I do it!

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    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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    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 lane towards me
    Me: seeing you, and no traffic, I choose to turn into the general lane rather than the bike lane
    One of you: now on the edge of the general lane, as both of you prepare to enter your parked SUV
    You: "there's a bike lane over there" (while I'm passing)
    Me: imaginary facepalm, saying nothing

    For the record, I have no complaints with peds using the bike lane there, especially with construction eliminating the sidewalk. And as usual, there were two vehicles blocking the bike lane on the block north of Wilson anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_s View Post
    One of the most enlightening moments I've ever had on Transportation Commission was when the transportation impact analysis came in for the 12-story office building that will eventually replace the old Wendy's in Courthouse. Trips per day went DOWN. Like..way down. Fast food drive-throughs are extremely traffic-intensive.
    I live by the Chick-Fil-A on Maryland Ave NE DC. That place is craaaazytown

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty2k1 View Post
    I live by the Chick-Fil-A on Maryland Ave NE DC. That place is craaaazytown
    Partially related.....

    Me: Pulling up to a light on H St NE on my 700c commuter.
    You: 30-ish, blonde, strong, brave, empathetic, hearing-other-than-abled.
    Me: I heard you the first time you told me to not jeopardize my life by riding down H St NE when there are other roads available for me to ride on (side note: sinister city-planning afoot if the SF-in-DC NOMA neighborhood is really a bike deathtrap due to light-rail system). However, I vocally agreed with you immediately, partially due to you being in a 2000+ pound vehicle. Nonetheless, you continued. I appreciate your insistence I comply with you while I too was held captive at that light and eager to be within earshot of your riveting lecture.

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