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GW Parkway Work Starts Monday

The National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration are going to rebuild the Humpback Bridge, which carries 75,000 vehicles a day over Boundary Channel, just northwest of the 14th Street Bridge. The $35 million project, which is likely to cause big traffic delays on the parkway, is scheduled to start Monday and last two and a half years.

humpback map (3).jpg Humpback Bridge area on GW Parkway. (Federal Highway Administration)

This got my attention in part because the Rock Creek Parkway reconstruction project was one of the top Dr. Gridlock letter-generators of 2007. Motorists complained not only about the pace of work along that route but also about what they considered a lack of timely information regarding the project's impact and commuting alternatives.

For the upcoming GW Parkway project, the park service is trying hard to get the word out about what its doing, why and what your driving options are.

Like so much else about the design of the parkways and roads in National Park territory across the Washington area, the Humpback Bridge was not conceived to handle traffic in a modern metropolis. Built in 1932, the stone-face bridge was designed to match the landscape rather than the schedules of harried commuters.

Today, the park service says, the northbound ramp that exits from I-395 onto the GW Parkway has the parkway's highest accident rate and traffic often backs up onto the 14th Street Bridge. Drivers approaching the bridge at high speeds can't see far enough ahead to pick up brake lights.

Humpback and Trail (2).jpg Humpback Bridge and Mount Vernon Trail. (Federal Highway Administration)

Bikers and walkers don't have it any better: The popular Mount Vernon Trail is narrow and unprotected as it crosses the bridge. Bikers are supposed to dismount before crossing, but they often disobey the signs, endangering themselves and others.

Here's what the rebuilding is intended to accomplish:

-- Widen the lanes, add an acceleration lane for northbound traffic from I-395 and widen the Mount Vernon Trail lane.
-- Add a barrier to separate the trail users from the traffic.
-- Lower the grade of the parkway across the bridge to improve sight distance.
-- Eliminate a pedestrian crosswalk on the parkway and add a tunnel under the bridge for safer passage between the Columbia Island Marina, the Mount Vernon Trail and the Potomac shore.
-- Close the northbound vehicle entrance to the Columbia Island Marina and Johnson Memorial Grove parking areas.

MV Trail (2).jpg What bikers and walkers see. (Federal Highway Administration)

That all sounds swell. Safer for everyone. But here's what you will encounter first:
-- All lanes will be open during rush periods. But there will be some lane shifts and times when the pavement could be a little rough, and traffic could slow for that.
-- Lane closures on both the northbound and southbound sides will occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and between 7 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.
-- Work can go on seven days a week.
-- The Mount Vernon Trail will remain open.

Watch for signs and message boards in the area that will tell you about current traffic patterns. Check for weekly project updates on this Web page provided by the Federal Highway Administration. Between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, call 800-892-8776 and press #3 for information about the project. Motorists can also dial 511 to get updated information. Use this link to see some suggested detours.


By Robert Thomson  |  January 3, 2008; 8:50 AM ET
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Dear Dr Gridlock,
Could you PLEASE, SOON devote a column (perhaps both in print and on line) to a straightforward explanation as to why roadway projects take so very long around here?
You mention the Rock Creek Parkway renovation. Now, 30+ months to rebuild a small bridge?? How about an equally long time for a relatively small project in Rockville, the Montrose Parkway?
It doesn't have to be this way...example: the rebuilding of South Capitol Street near the new baseball stadium (a very few months, not years!).
When we as commuters drive by highway sites week after week and see no progress, we wonder WHY?

Posted by: Dr F | January 3, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Waaaaaaayyyyy long overdue. The pain will be well worth the gain at least. A 75+ year old design is slightly outdated. This project has the potential to have as much impact as the 2nd exit lane to the Dulles Toll Road from southbound I-495 did a few years ago - reducing regular 10 mile backups and saving untold amounts of time.

Posted by: Steven | January 3, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

You can have a transportation project done cheaply, you can have a transportation project done fast, or you can have a transportation project build well...but you can only pick 2 of 3. You can't build a piece of crap project (Federal standards won't allow it). So you either build it cheap or build it fast.

Many who complain that the project is being done too slowly would be the very first to complain that the project costs too much if they accelerated the schedule. A project like South Capitol Street, where the disruption would be severe (permanent closure of half the bridge for several years) was worthwhile to do on an accelerated schedule even with added cost. But not all projects can be done on an accelerated schedule, otherwise transportation agencies would be bankrupt even more than they already are.

Posted by: Woodley Park | January 3, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

the cyclists do ignore the "dismount sign"
but the true dangers are the cars ignoring the SPEED LIMIT SIGNS

it boggles my mind that cars can travel these routes each and every day and never decide to let courtesy enter their trajectory

each day these drivers scream by the cross walks
forcing walkers, runners, and cyclists to play a real life game of FROGGER as they race to get to the other side safely

cars bring out the worst in people

Posted by: gwadzilla | January 3, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

one thing that you could maybe introduce to your car driving readers

is an explanation of the Speed Limit and maybe the concept of Stop Signs and Stop Lines

some people just do not get it
they really just do not get it

people can be ignorant
tell it to them simple and plain

-gwadzila
www.gwadzilla.blogspot.com
a bicycle blog

Posted by: gwadzilla | January 3, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

There is a long line of construction barrels along the southbound GW parkway just north of the 123 bridge. Looks like the barrels may be used for lane closures. Any idea on what's going on and its impact on traffic?

Posted by: Arlington | January 3, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

cyclists ignore every other traffic law, why be concerned about one sign? run them all over

Posted by: Anonymous | January 3, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

DrF:

It's really quite simple. The Douglas bridge was closed completely for 2 months. When you close a road completely, crews can work very efficiently. The GW Parkway is not closing. Crews twice a day have to shut down work, cleanup and reopen lanes. Then twice a day, they have to set it up again so they can re-start work. They have to sometimes stop working altogether because the next piece of work can't be completed in time to re-open the lanes for rush hour. And on top of all that, you have to work in a small space which means a smaller crew, all of whom are working slower for safety reasons with traffic flying around them.

Posted by: DiamaondJim | January 3, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

This project will without a doubt inconvenience lots of folks. But the link to alternate routes that Dr. Gridlock provided may be very worthwhile. In that area, there are 10 ways to get just about anywhere given the tangle of all the various ramps, overpasses and junctions.

Traffic will be bad due to construction and delays in both directions. However at least there are reasonable alternate routes to this project, unlike the Rock Creek project where the only alternate was driving on gridlocked city streets.

Posted by: xyv1027 | January 3, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

To the anonymous poster :
"cyclists ignore every other traffic law, why be concerned about one sign? run them all over"
My best friends brother, was just killed while cycling. The pickup truck driver was on a cell phone and didn't see him. He may have left the scene but an off duty policeman witnessed the whole thing, and forced him to stop.
Nice to know he and you are of the same type.

Posted by: Arlington, VA | January 3, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

This is not directly related to your article here, but can someone tell me how to get from US Route 1 (specifically near the Sheraton in Crystal City) and Route 110 North to the GW Parkway northbound, without getting on I-395 approaching the 14th street bridge bottleneck?

I know there is a way because a friend of mine knows it but I can't figure out how to do it! Thanks!

Posted by: Gerald | January 3, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Gerald, you can cut through the airport. Take US 1 South to the little exit on the right that says Reagan Airport. Stay in the right lane. You'll see a sign that says GW Pkwy/Washington/Alexandria. Take a right. The NB GW Pkwy exit is first on the right. The rest of the lane becomes the SB GW Pkwy... Take whichever exit you need!

Posted by: sigmagrrl | January 3, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

My annoyance stems from people who want to police me when I WANT to drive faster. Just MOVE OVER! Don't act all arrogantly and frustrate me because you don't think I should be driving that fast. THAT'S what leads to aggressive driving. If you see someone coming up behind you at a faster pace, just MOVE OVER and let them pass. Let the police ticket me, don't get all uppity and block the road. I HATE when people do that, especially on the GW! MOVE OVER!

Posted by: sigmagrrl | January 3, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Sigmagrrl:

Do you hear yourself? Aggressive driving is the fault of people who aren't driving as aggressively as you? Jeez. If you were running down the sidewalk and someone was walking more slowly in front of you, would you shove them aside if they didn't get out of your way and then blame them for making you do it?

If you're going faster than the speed limit, or faster than other traffic, you should either slow down or go around. The roads are there for all of us, not just you, and your desire to go faster doesn't somehow require the rest of us to speed up or get out of your way. It also doesn't give you some magical ability to read our minds and determine that we're just trying to slow you down. It's not all about you, you know.

Posted by: dcpost | January 3, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

That airport cut through that I thought was a big secret is going to become verrrry busy over the next couple of years.

I am so annoyed at this project. I mean, it needs to be done absolutely, especially to ensure pedestrians' and cyclists' safety. However, I had to start banging my head on my desk when I read this. Starting Monday, I'm moving to a new job that would have cut my commute from 45-90 minutes each way (Old Town Alexandria to Reston) to 15 minutes each way -- using the GW parkway. With this work being done, my commute will probably stay the same. ARGH.

Posted by: Laura | January 3, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"My best friends brother, was just killed while cycling. The pickup truck driver was on a cell phone and didn't see him."

Based on cyclists around here, no doubt the guy was running a light or making a stupendously illegal turn.

Posted by: use your bumper | January 3, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The connection from the parkway to Route 1 in Crystal City is even easier then the reverse. Just take the first exit into the airport, follow the Route 1 Crystal City signs. This will involve 2 more right turns. Then you don't even need to get into Route 1 if you are heading into Crystal City..there is an exit directly to Crystal Drive.

Just beware that technically you aren't supposed to be cutting through the airport. They probably won't hassle you about it at National (they will at Dulles though, since there is toll money at stake), but if large numbers of people start doing this, airport police may start cracking down.

Posted by: Woodley Park | January 3, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Re: Woodley Park: "Just beware that technically you aren't supposed to be cutting through the airport. They probably won't hassle you about it at National (they will at Dulles though, since there is toll money at stake), but if large numbers of people start doing this, airport police may start cracking down."

But are those roads you're cutting through airport property or public property (or state, or national park service, or whatever)? It's not like you actually go by the terminal on that cut through.

Posted by: Laura | January 3, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Um, why do you think the rule for moving out of the left lane exists? It's so people in that lane can GO FASTER! It's not for squatting. 99% of the time, some dufus is on the cell phone, NOT paying attention to the road. MOVE OVER! It's not about "ME" getting the road, it's about the fact that this person is impeding the flow of traffic. This whole AREA is one big arse ego. You have a rearview mirror for a reason: to see if others are approaching you at a faster rate of speed. That's when you MOVE over. You are to yield to faster traffic, NOT the other way around. Just MOVE OVER! Lordie, it's as if you think we're all supposed to just play follow the leader behind Grannie who's too scared to drive more than 35 on the Beltway or the pompous dummy CFO who is so into his bluetooth conversation about his golf tee time and not paying attention to the fact that others would like to move over. It's not that hard!

Posted by: sigmagrrl | January 3, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I think I recognize sigmagrrl from my commute. She scares me. And the YELLING doesn't help.

Posted by: jbird | January 3, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"Based on cyclists around here, no doubt the guy was running a light or making a stupendously illegal turn."
WOW!
I would never believed that given the tremendous grief and lost husband, father, uncle, son and brother, and friend that this person was,..that anyone, with an once of humanity could make such a statement.
You have proved me wrong. Hope you are proud.

Posted by: Arlington, VA | January 3, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"Just beware that technically you aren't supposed to be cutting through the airport. They probably won't hassle you about it at National (they will at Dulles though, since there is toll money at stake), but if large numbers of people start doing this, airport police may start cracking down."

This is news to me as to Reagan Airport. As to Dulles, it's always been this way because the Dulles Access Road is restricted to airport users, but I know of no restriction on the use of the roads at Reagan. The only thing I've noticed is that the cops have been out there a few times recently running radar on the main road along the back of the parking garage (the road you use when you come off the GW Parkway). I could see them doing this more often if that becomes a commuter cut-thru.

Another possibility for Gerald going from Crystal City to the northbound GW Parkway is to use Boundary Channel Drive. Take Crystal Drive north through Crystal City; it hooks around to the left and becomes 12th Street and then there is an intersection with Old Jefferson Davis Highway (this is immediately before the road passes under US-1). Make a right onto Old Jeff Davis and follow it north (keep your speed down, it's not maintained too well) to the Boundary Channel Drive interchange at I-395. Here you have to be careful because it's a bit of a screwy and dangerous spot, but anyway, you want to take the second left turn--the first left turn is the ramp to I-395 and the second left turn is for Boundary Channel Drive (easy to identify as it passes under the highway). Be careful because nobody yields here--all the people heading to I-395 don't understand that anyone might be going somewhere else.

Boundary Channel Drive then takes you up past the Pentagon car parks and runs along the body of water for which the street is named. Don't speed--the Pentagon cops are somewhat strict about writing tickets. You need to make a left turn after you pass the largest of the car parks on your left, then take the next right up to Washington Boulevard (I think the sign says Memorial Bridge). Get over one lane to the left after you go up the ramp, and then at the next merge you want to branch off to the right to pass under Memorial Bridge, and then the next right turn will put you on the GW Parkway.

That whole area is a bit confusing because the approaches to Memorial Bridge are all in the District of Columbia but are maintained and signed by the National Park Service. If you don't know those roads, I'd suggest first scouting it out on Google Maps and then taking a dry-run test drive through the area on a weekend.

Posted by: Rich | January 3, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Agree, Rich, I'd like to see the law that forbids me from using the airport as a cut-through. There are no posted signs as there are for Dulles.

Posted by: Laura | January 3, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Arlington, you should watch a cyclist for once. Some people need grief.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 3, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

cyclists are bad people

I have never once seen one obey traffic laws in this area

Posted by: DC, DC | January 3, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I stand corrected, the prohibition on through traffic does not apply to National Airport, only to Dulles (I confirmed it with someone who knows for sure). Now this doesn't mean that authorities like through traffic, and if it ever got to be problematic to the point of interfering with airport users, they might try to take steps to reduce it. So use it, but don't abuse it. Nationals Roadways are owned by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority...the same people who own Dulles, the Dulles Access Road, and as of recently or in the near future, the Dulles Toll Road.

BTW, the Dulles through traffic restriction can be legally bypassed by conducting any business on airport property, no matter how trivial. This includes purchasing a pack of gum at the Dulles gas station (first exit inside the airport, then right just after the first light). When it allows me to bypass HOV restrictions on I-66, bypass congestion on 267, and save $1.25 in tolls, that 25 cent pack of gum is a worthwhile investment whenever I have an evening appointment out in Ashburn. :) Just make sure you get a receipt to show the cop who tries to write you a ticket for toll evasion.

Posted by: Woodley Park | January 3, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"cyclists ignore every other traffic law, why be concerned about one sign? run them all over"

Have you ever actually runover any cyclists? My guess is no. And I bet you would feel incredibly guilty if you ever did actually kill someone. You'd feel even worse if you got a year in jail for vehicular manslaughter.

"Arlington, you should watch a cyclist for once. Some people need grief."

Are you really saying that someone should die and other should lose someone they love simply because they don't always follow the rules? That's like me saying you should have your head chopped off for running a red light. Oh wait. You would never do that because you *must* be perfect.

Posted by: Laura | January 3, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"Starting Monday, I'm moving to a new job that would have cut my commute from 45-90 minutes each way (Old Town Alexandria to Reston) to 15 minutes each way -- using the GW parkway. With this work being done, my commute will probably stay the same. ARGH."

Laura, Old Town Alexandria to Reston is about 30 minutes with no traffic. Its a long way up the GWP to get to 123 or 495 (depending on which exit you choose to link up with the Toll Rd). All in all, it sounds like a good commute though and is nearly entirely against rushhour with the exception of the section between about the 14th street bridge and Old Town.

Another option (I think) for Gerald is to take Route 1 north to Route 110 North, then exit at Memorial Bridge. Head over to Memorial Circle (still on the VA side of the Potomac) and take the loop ramp that heads towards the GWP north. I think the teeny brown NPS sign reads something like Spout Run/Mc Lean. (As is a chronic problem with NPS signage, there is no mention of the GWP on the sign.) This route is entirely legal and does not involve any torn up road surfaces either.

Woodley Park, I've done exactly the same thing as you to get around the quirks of riding on the Dulles Access Road. For others looking for a morning (eastbound towards DC) workaround to avoid stopped traffic on the Toll Rd and Route 7, take Route 28 South (from Dulles Town Center and Wegmans) to Route 606 West for 1/2 mile, then take a left onto Ariane Way and this takes you into Dulles Airport (via the back entrance; there is no signage for the airport on Route 606). Follow the main road and you'll pass all the car rental facilities. Make a left at the Exxon station (Rudder Rd) and follow the signs for 267/Washington; you'll be in the airport access lanes headed eastbound (avoiding all the stop-and-go traffic in the regular toll lanes). Watch out for VA troopers in the median along the access lanes! This route is the only way to get from Ashburn to Bethesda in 40 minutes during the morning rushhour.

Posted by: xyv1027 | January 3, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Rich and xyv for your suggestions. I would not want to risk doing something illegal by going through National Airport as others have suggested. I think my friend may have taken a route similar to the one xyv is suggesting, but I'm not entirely sure.

I've been driving through that general area everyday for 2 years now but I still feel like I'm on the verge of getting lost with one wrong turn. I don't know how look it'll take to know every possible alternative. I have learned to avoid I-395 because I feel its unsafe with lots of swerving vehicles and near accidents that I use to witness nearly everyday. My heart goes out to anyone that has to cross the 14th street bridge on a regular basis.

Thanks again for helping me out.

Gerald

Posted by: Gerald | January 3, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Are you really saying that someone should die and other should lose someone they love simply because they don't always follow the rules?

Sure.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 3, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Now, now, children. Let's all behave.

Posted by: Mother | January 3, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

"For others looking for a morning (eastbound towards DC) workaround to avoid stopped traffic on the Toll Rd and Route 7, take Route 28 South (from Dulles Town Center and Wegmans) to Route 606 West for 1/2 mile, then take a left onto Ariane Way and this takes you into Dulles Airport (via the back entrance; there is no signage for the airport on Route 606). Follow the main road and you'll pass all the car rental facilities. Make a left at the Exxon station (Rudder Rd) and follow the signs for 267/Washington; you'll be in the airport access lanes headed eastbound (avoiding all the stop-and-go traffic in the regular toll lanes)."

This is illegal unless you stop to transact some sort of business (such as buying a pack of gum) on the airport property, although I've heard that the police seldom attempt to track people entering via the back way into the airport.

Posted by: Rich | January 3, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

sigmagrrl, I think you must have missed that day in Driver's Ed when they explained that the left lane is not there so that people can go faster -- excuse me, "GO FASTER," as you put it so eloquently. The left lane is there so that people stuck behind slow cars in the right lane can use it to overtake the slower cars and then move back over. That's why some people call it "the passing lane."

Now I'll admit that I also use that left lane to go faster than I should, and that once I'm in the lane I tend to stay there rather than weave in and out of the right lane. But if I'm stuck behind someone in the left lane, and if that car is going at or above the limit, I just go around them.

What I don't do is speed up to within a few inches of their back bumper, flash my lights, honk my horn, or do any of the other obnoxious things that -- sorry to say -- your tendency of WRITING IN ALL CAPS TO EXPRESS YOUR FRUSTRATION forces me to assume you do. The left lane is not your personal speedway.

I guess this isn't the place for this discussion, but why is it that perfectly normal, courteous people -- folks who wouldn't dream of screaming at someone or shoving someone out of the way when on foot -- turn into rage-a-holics when they get behind the wheel of a car? The rules of common courtesy still apply on the road, don't they?

Posted by: dcpost | January 3, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

the left lane is for bikes riding backwards and running lights and jaywalkers, get your car out of it

Posted by: Anonymous | January 3, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Laura, try driving your car the way all cyclists ride their bikes. You will be splattered against your windshield in minutes

Posted by: Fairfax | January 3, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Laura, I think you should have your head chopped off for running a red light. I was almost killed by one of you self absorbed light runners but you and your shameful kind probably wouldn't even notice, you should be ashamed of yourselves, when you behave illegally on the roads you are threatening others with death and deserve it yourself

Posted by: Matt | January 3, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

don't tread on my right to weave in and out of traffic going 30mpg over the speed limit

Posted by: all caps | January 3, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Matt and Fairfax, you were responding to the wrong commenter. I didn't make either of those comments. Jeez.

Posted by: Laura | January 4, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse

what? there are two people in the world named laura? wow

Posted by: someone needs coffee | January 4, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

shouldn't you people be at work?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 4, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I happen to know that "gwadzila", the biking blogger who wrote the third comment, goes the wrong way down one-way streets and routinely breaks other biking/road laws. He posts a lot of negative comments about car drivers, but he doesn't obey the rules himself.

Posted by: AnnaBeth | January 4, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I think I saw a cyclist obey a traffic law once. It was years ago though, so it might have been in a movie.

Posted by: Rafael | January 4, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

"Laura, try driving your car the way all cyclists ride their bikes. You will be splattered against your windshield in minutes"

Well I do bike (not as much as I used to) and I operate my bike much like operating a car. I obey the "rules of the road" in either situation (and use hand signals when I'm biking). Actually I think I operate my bike safer because I know I have to be really aware of what cars are doing around me, since I know they aren't looking out for a cyclist.

So I think driving my car like the way I cycle would not result in me being splattered as you put it. I also wear my seat belt all the time so I doubt that would happen anyway.

You are generalizing an entire group with your comments, which just shows your ignorance.

Posted by: Laura (who wrote about cyclists) | January 4, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"I happen to know that 'gwadzila,' the biking blogger who wrote the third comment, goes the wrong way down one-way streets and routinely breaks other biking/road laws. He posts a lot of negative comments about car drivers, but he doesn't obey the rules himself."

He's probably the infamous BIKE_OR_DIE reincarnated under a different name.

Posted by: Rich | January 4, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I obey the "rules of the road" in either situation (and use hand signals when I'm biking).

Nerd.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 4, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

generalizing an entire group based on observation of an entire group is much better than generalizing based on one's own short-sighted self-absorbtion

Posted by: Anonymous | January 4, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

note that the alleged biker who claims to obey the rules of the road remains anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous | January 5, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

"note that the alleged biker who claims to obey the rules of the road remains anonymous"

as do you

Posted by: Laura | January 7, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I saw a cyclist stop at a red light this morning. I thought it was going to be the first time I had ever seen one obey the law. Then he ran it.

Posted by: Kate | January 8, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

you should have pushed him over

Posted by: Tim | January 8, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I actually think its safer to ride across that bridge than walk. As you walk side by side with your bike it takes up more room and risk being clipped by a mirror. Also, walking on cycling cleats can be unstable. Lastly, riding across takes 2 seconds, walking at least 20. Minimizing the exposure is way safer.

Posted by: Joe Blow | January 8, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"each day these drivers scream by the cross walks
forcing walkers, runners, and cyclists to play a real life game of FROGGER as they race to get to the other side safely"

You mean the walkers, runners and cyclists that have STOP SIGNS? They can wait until it's clear. I've seen drivers stop at crosswalks for runners, only to have the driver in the other lane NOT stop (and rightly so) and almost hit the person.

Right of way exists for a reason...

Posted by: anon | January 11, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

cyclists don't have to stop at stop signs, they are special, they are saving the planet and you are destroying it

Posted by: go bikes | January 15, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I do hope the park services look at the crosswalk right after the Pentagon on merging into GW to get onto 50 in Rosslyn. I travel this route every day, and I get the bag of joggers and bikers that think they have the 'right' of way to simply cross without looking! Amazing! And I usually get the finger as one tries to play chicken crossing without looking (lunch time is the best!). All those Pentagon heads trying their right-of-way attitude. It baffles me why we can't get a clear sign for either the cars or the people! For cars: if we are to stop for the 'froggers', then make it read "YIELD to Pedestrians in crosswalk", otherwise stick a sign for 'froggers' that reads "Cross at your own risk!" because if I'm going to run somebody over soon!!!

Posted by: FrogLegs | March 8, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

perhaps the gent that posted "bikers don't have to stop....." needs to watch out for us gas-guzzling roadies! well, perhaps go to the dmv and get the rule & regulations on right-of-way before someone ends up sticking a stop sign up you know where! More bike cops on the parkway! I think I'll plant myself on day with a cam and post it. I'm sure it will get some attention. Also, to all you bikers out there did you know there IS a speed limit? Everytime I jog on the parkway, I yell at those bikers to slow down!!! Make a guess at which gesture I get? ha ha good thing I carry with me!

Posted by: Bikers-Rule-NOT! | March 8, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

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