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What can we do to remind motorists that bikes are allowed on the road in the Central Business District? My wife and I have had a couple instances in the last month.

A driver on Independence around 0900 on a Sunday morning pulled up on top of us at a stop light and yelled at us to "Get on the sidewalk where you belong"

A second, perhaps more outrageous, incident was the driver of a Greyline tour bus (full of tourists) opening up her door to yell at us to get off the road at Louisiana and Columbus Cir (Union Station).

My wife and I have commute from Alexndria into Anacostia about 3 days a week. It is pretty rare that we have an issue in VA, along the waterfront in DC or over in Anacostia. It seems every time we venture through the Central Business District we run into hostile motorists. Perhaps it is just bad luck.

I was very disappointed in WAMU's coverage. On their website (http://www.wamu.org/calendar/community_minute/may_is_national_bike_month.php) they had a bulletin that reminded people that cyclists have the legal rights of operators of vehicles.* However, when they read it on the air, they edited out that part, and just said that cyclists need to obey the law.

I got the same feeling I get when I see the signs along the C&O that say "No Alcoholic Beverages" -- but only in Spanish! I.e., What are you implying?

*(Actually, they said that "bicycles are vehicles with the same rights, rules, and responsibilities of other road users." It's the cyclists that have the rights, not their vehicles. But I'm not going to quibble semantics.)

"Cyclists don't slow traffic, they reduce it."

Yes! The reason that is an effective advocacy message is that it appeals to non-cyclists' self-interest. Traditionally, cycling advocacy has taken one of two tacks: either appealing to people's guilt ("share the road," "same road same rights") or telling cyclists how morally superior they are because they don't pollute and excercise. Taken together, it's not a compelling message for non-cyclists. Rather, cyclists come off as preachy, smug and whiny. (And incidentally, the ideal type to tag as hypocrites -- I mean, they're always running red lights and breaking traffic laws, right?)

Studies have shown that the reason public transit is popular is not because people envision using it themselves, but that they envision how much better easier driving will be if everyone else uses it.

And it's not just a slogan. There's a reason that local transportation officials are getting increasingly serious about encouraging cycling. It has become astonishingly expensive to add capacity to our transportation system, so demand reduction and reutilization of existing facilities are looking more and more appealing. For the most part, bicycles extend the capacity of existing roadways. Currently cyclists make up about 2% of all trips in DC. We could double that with neglible impact on traffic. Doing so would increase the capacity of the system by 2%, which would be like getting a mixing bowl project for nothing.

I like the NPR bit, but did they really need to invoke the spectre of being crushed by a garbage truck to make a point? Nothing like that image—even when used as it was to shoot down the likelihood of such an event—firing a motorist up to eschew the car and pick up a bike, eh?

Still, plenty of good stuff there. BTW day seems to have been a pretty successful event this year.

The College Park area is so far from being bike friendly the rational thing to do is give up on it...

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