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.