The new bollards installed on the Oxon Hill Trail have been left in the down position the majority of the time that I've seen them this week. In the down position they are much less visible to cyclists and are a hazard. The old bollard at the south end of the trail was always down because it was broken. I have no idea why the new bollards are always down.
Who is in charge of the National Park Service's Transportation Bicycling Program anyway? And don't tell me that, with their high-usage multi-user trails, the the NPS has no one paying attention to transportation bicycling. The NPS can't be _that_ out of touch with what is going on in their parks, right? Right?!?
I think the answer to the first question is that their is no National Park Service's Transportation Bicycling Program, but there should be. In general, I agree with Steve Offutt that there are too many bollards on trails anyway.