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    D-bag on a Cabi headed north on MVT and me south on the same toward the south end of the airport where there are those little curvy parts of the trail that are blind to on-coming traffic. At one of those spots the D-bag misses the curve, heads straight for me in my lane, forcing me off of the trail. Why? Because he was staring at his electronic device, lovingly embracing it with both hands.

    I know there are some on here who maintain that they can fiddle with their devices while simultaneously being a PAL. I say bullshit to that.

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    Oh dear, as scary as I've had lately. After riding with Arlingtonrider from happy hour, I continued on my usual route home up Lucky Run to Walter Reed and King. As I crossed Walter Reed in the crosswalk (with the light of course) an SUV turned right from King - now that the slip lane is gone the is conflit there. I expected him to see me (helmet light, reflective jacket) but he kept coming straight at me and we both stopped when he was maybe two feet away. I managed to just say "next time be more careful when turning". The was a runner also crossing just behind me.

    This continues to be a terrible intersection, but at least it's reconstruction has begun.

    I will be getting more lights, and just expecting bad right turns there (and yeah, contemplating taking the lane on Walter Reed)

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    To the large group of runners that were just past the south end of the 14th street bridge around 10:30 this morning: next time, maybe pick a gathering/stretching/milling about spot a little bit more removed from a narrow turn on a heavily used trail? And maybe not take up both lanes while standing there making it difficult for any other people to pass? And for the few folks that were annoyed that others were using the trail - maybe not yell/curse when folks try to make their way past? Thanks.

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    1) You roared by me in your pickup with barely a foot to spare
    2) You also nearly ran head first into oncoming traffic (that's why they honked at you)
    3) You then proceeded to cut off the oncoming traffic in the intersection so you could turn left before the light changed

    There's a special place in hell for people like you. I hope.

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    (I am entering this for a friend since I was a little too far back to be in the midst of it, but I saw it all and my friend gave me more details when I caught up).

    On the Mt Vernon trail heading towards Mt Vernon at Riverside Park (the one about 1 mile from Mt Vernon). I had a good view coming down the hill.
    You: A group of riders that entered the lot from Stratford Lane and rode without looking anywhere through the lot and onto the trail. WITHOUT LOOKING! Did I mention WITHOUT LOOKING?
    Us: ALREADY on the trail riding. In fact, since the trail starts at Roosevelt Island, so I would say that we had the right of way.
    You: continued to enter the trail despite someone ON THE TRAIL yelling that there were people on the trail. At least the last one tapped the brakes and did not actually hit us.
    Us: yelling to warn them about looking before entering a trail. And grabbing brakes and swerving to avoid being hit.
    You: Continuing to ride and not say anything. No apologies. Nothing.

    Do you do this in front of trucks too?

    Apparently they continued past Mt. Vernon. We stopped at the visitor center and were half wanting them there to explain trail etiquette and half glad they weren't for fear of something escalating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkel View Post
    There's a special place in hell for people like you. I hope.
    A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater.

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    Dude on blue cruiser on New Hampshire Ave this morning who cut in front of me at a stop sign, then proceeded to go through three separate intersections with four-way stops around GW where there were cars and pedestrians waiting without even slowing down: dude!! Don't do that!!

    But I am trying to maintain a positive outlook, so let me also say that I was grateful for several other friendly riders this morning, including my new friend who commutes SB on the MVT whom I've seen a couple of days in a row who always says hello!

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    Quote Originally Posted by notinthe18 View Post
    . . . including my new friend who commutes SB on the MVT whom I've seen a couple of days in a row who always says hello!
    I love riders who say hello to fellow riders on the trail. It's even better when you do it in a different accent every day.

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    To the SUV (DC Washington Nationals plates) that didn't want to wait another 20 seconds behind me and my 5-year old turning left from M St NE onto the MBT - I hope the cracked hubcap from hitting the curb was worth trying to squeeze inches next to us so you could wait at the red light up ahead.

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    Default College Park Trolley Trail Crosswalks

    Yesterday, as I was heading southbound on the College Park Trolley Trail in the rain, I approached the elevated crosswalk at Berwyn Road. I could see that a car was coming, but appeared to be slowing down for me, so I entered the crosswalk and made myself as visible as possible. I got half-way across, then suddenly realized that the car was not in fact slowing for me, but slowing for the cross-walk bump. They blew through right in front of me, I had to slam on the brakes to stop in time. I think I got lucky on this one.

    To top it off, the very same motorist turned onto the road that parallels the trail and then crossed the trail again, this time the driver stopped for me and, yes looked embarrassed. Hopefully the lesson was learned. I have certainly learned my lesson, never trust driver's ability to see in the rain, and yes I usually try to make eye contact, but visibility was poor in this case.

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