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One way cycling is wrong. One way roads, that are one way because they only have room to permit cars to go one way, are also wrong. Rather than clucking about salmon, we should view them as demonstrated demand for contraflow lanes on roads that create accessibility obstacles for the more spatially-efficient bicyle

My rule of thumb for running red lights is that if there are no cars around at all, it is permissible.

That rule (no cars) doesn't work for one way -- because it usually on one way streets with low traffic that cars are moving faster and don't expect to see a bike coming at you.

Daren has a good point. That being said, for instance, I saw two college age girls (very cute, short skirts) in hand scooters going salmon on M st in Georgetown around 4:30 (rush hour). Not a great idea, and not evidence of demand lines

There are some one-way streets downtown with contraflow bike lanes. I wonder if the guy is just confused.

One way streets only make sense for motor vehicles, almost all of which are much larger than a bike or a person. +1 for the observation that wrong-way cycling is evidence of unmet demand.

Not related, but bike cop and regular cop were sitting next to the bike lane at 14th & Mass this morning with safety fliers in hand. They looked ready to ticket or ready to inform.

I saw a pedestrian cross 3/4 of K street while proceeding north on 13th St. Her light turned red when she was on the island between the main travel lanes and the westbound parking/right turn lane.

Like most pedestrians, she continued walking despite the red light and don't walk signal, when a big hand reached out and pulled her from the pavement back to the island. Novel way of issuing a warning.

Hand was attached to a cop? What was he warning her about? Don't pedestrians in crosswalks have right of way at all intersections in D.C.? They just can't step out in front of a vehicle that doesn't have sufficient stopping distance, IIRC.

I was watching the lady cross, so I barely noticed the man whose back was to me as she passed him--until his hand pulled her back 2-3 feet. As I passed, I realized he was a police officer based on his shoulder insignia but that was not obvious at first.

I'm used to police blowing whistles, pointing, and sounding sirens; the gentle scooping motion was a bit of a surprise.

But no: pedestrians have no right to leave the curb to cross a lane against a don't walk sign even if the light is green, and certainly not when the light is red. So had the cop been conducting traffic, he probably would have blown a whistle and made a clear motion for her to stay put.

It did seem as if he reversed her direction with the skill of a ballroom dancer leading a partner.

Oh, i suppose if it was a controlled intersection with a don't walk signal, yes.

The long arm of the law, so to speak?

It would have been funny if she'd responded with, "Keep ya paws off me, ya big palooka!"

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