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Bike Support: Leveling the Playing Field

According to my unscientific observations, more people in the Washington area are riding bikes these days. That doesn't mean it's any easier for those cyclists. We still lack the biking infrastructure that riders in Europe have. And the price of gas is headed in the wrong direction for a big change to happen.

For bikes to be a viable option in our commuting and travel plans, they have to occupy a different place in the minds of the folks who design transportation. I think they're sort of an afterthought, something stuck on at the end by people who don't quite understand human-powered, two-wheeled machines. Here's an example I came across the other day:


This is a bike parking lot near the Ballston Metro. I applaud whoever thought it was important to have one, even if it looks like a sunken docking station for an alien spacecraft. But I wonder if that person has ever riden a bike. I mean, why would you require cyclists to carry their machines up and down stairs? True, four steps isn't an incredible hardship, but why not a ramp?

Where in Washington Contest, Week 4
Here's this week's puzzler. Can you identify this Washington-area building? E-mail me your guess. The first correct answer I receive gets the autograph of a Post Pulitzer prize-winner. Oh, and don't post your answer in the comments section here. That'll just give the game away. (I think this one's kind of hard. If no one gets it by noon I'll post some clues in the comments section.)


Last week's postcard was of George Washington's tomb at Mount Vernon. Dennis Darling of North Charleston, S.C., sent in the winning entry.

By John Kelly  |  November 10, 2008; 9:30 AM ET
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I am all for pedal-power but much against bicyclists moving at Tour de France speed on an urban sidewalk, where (hospital) woe betide the hapless pedestrian who thinks he is free to turn slightly to the left or right.

Posted by: cktirumalai | November 10, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I didn't need to post any clues about this week's postcard, but I received only one correct entry. It was from Christine Ruffo of Silver Spring. The image is of Walter Reed hospital. Try again next week!

Posted by: JohnFKelly | November 10, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

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