Road Rage In Rock Creek Park

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Real Estate Agent with Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. AB95346

To get from my house to almost anywhere in town, I have to hop in my car and drive through the winding roads through Rock Creek Park to reach my destination.

The park has a beautiful roadway for cars, and miles of trails for hikers, bikers and horses.  Now the hikers and horses are pretty happy with this arrangement.  But the bikers are riding, not on the gorgeous bike trails, but on the roadway, sometimes two or three abreast (so the cars can't pass them).

Today, I was driving from my house to an appointment in Georgetown.  Then there was this backup on Beach Drive - two freakin' cyclists riding side by side on the roadway. And they were holding up a bunch of high priced men and women.

Little Miss Type-A here felt some blood pressure action and was a little ticked off.  But some of the other drivers were going truly nuts.  Blasting horns, fists shaking out car windows, and expletives flying.

Now there's room in the park for everyone.  And even when cyclists use the roadway, simple courtesy is required of both bikers and drivers.  Like bikes do single file to the right, so cars can pass without risking near death experiences.

When I'm on a bicycle, I'm pretty intimidated by cars, and I stick to the bike path as much as possible, and I really wish other Washington, DC cyclists were as cowardly as I am.

 

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Patricia, it is amazing how one's blood pressure can go through the roof or even worse, road rage really kicks in... and over what ?  A few minutes delay ?  I get all worked up too so will need to evaluate that in myself : )   All and all, happy thanksgiving !

November 27, 2008 08:05 AM
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Steven L. Smith
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Pat,

I drive more than I bike. I get irritated with cyclists sometimes, those that flaunt that they can fill the road. However some motorists are nuts. A couple months back, when I was being a courteous cyclist a guy in a truck actually hit me and shoved me into the ditch. It is amazing I came out of it with only a sprained wrist. I wrote a blog about that.

November 27, 2008 01:32 PM
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Hi Patricia. Isn't that crazy? My daughter used to live in Colorado and that would happen all the time....I would have to shut my eyes when I visited her because I was so afraid one of the cyclists would get hit. They can be very bold!! :)

November 27, 2008 03:32 PM
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Carol Culkin
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Pat, I have seen some bold cyclists who think they own the road - it is very disrespectful.

November 27, 2008 08:58 PM
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Jim Frimmer
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So the holiday spirit has arrived in Holiday Park, eh? Bicycles out here have to follow the same rules as cars. One can get a ticket for running a stop sign, running a red light, and speeding. There are no "minimum speed limits" here, so bicyclists have full access to the road unless posted otherwise; for example, bicycles and mopends are not allowed on the freeways.

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Pat Kennedy -- author of The Irreverent Guide to Real Estate -- gives you a look at life on the streets as a real estate broker in our nation's capital. And her blog is peppered with great advice combined with humor!