Good Morning. Bad internet connection last night.
- Police in Northern Virginia have been ticketing cyclists on trails for running stop signs, and - if you can believe it - speeding. "I was quite surprised a few days ago to see an Arlington County policeman wearing a DayGlo vest aiming a hand-held radar speed detector at bicyclists (who don't have speedometers) coming toward him on the Custis Trail leading to Rosslyn. This on a trail where the speed limit isn't posted....Falls Church police recently stationed a plainclothes officer on the W&OD bike trail who apprehended bicyclists who didn't come to a complete stop at stop signs. Rolling through slowly after ensuring that there was no traffic approaching wasn't good enough."
- The latter isn't just a $75 ticket, it seems you have to go to court and pay $61 in court costs too.
- Enforcing a speed limit that isn't posted, for trail users who aren't required to have a speedometer, seems like dirty pool. Update: Looks like it wasn't APD but rather Toole Design. No tickets.
- Do cyclists get the same 11 mph margin of error for speeding tickets that drivers get. Maybe 26 mph does deserve a ticket - and a racing contract.
- I have to agree with the letter writer about priorities. I'd put ticketing lightless night cycling as a higher priority than either of these offences.
- Are they really enforcing a full stop policy at stop signs? Ridiculous.
- More on the proposed changes to federal bike/ped funding. " bike/ped-averse state governments will be able to opt out of CMAQ-AA altogether."
- DDOT discussed snow removal yesterday, but no one asked about trails.