Good afternoon. Instead of going for a bike ride during the day yesterday, I went for a ride last night at the same time as the fireworks display at the Mall. I rode down Independence to 14th, then south on the closed freeway-like portion of 14th to the on ramp from East Basin drive, which I went down (and could because of the closure) to East Basin Drive, onto Ohio and Buckeye before heading home. It was actually a very neat way to see the fireworks, and in many cases it was like everyone else was frozen while I was the only one moving. I did have to deal with a lot of pedestrians at unpredictable places in the road, as well as cars that were just stopped in the middle of the street (much to the chagrin of the handful of drivers who appeared to be uninterested in the fireworks). Seeing all the boats in the Potomac was pretty cool - I've never seen that in person. On Buckeye I stopped at four barricades and asked the Park Police if I could go through or if I had to turn. At the first three I was told that I could go through, but at the fourth, before I could even stop, the officer got in my face before I could ask him the deal. "Where do you think you're going?" he asked accusatorialy. "I was going to ask if I could go straight or if I have to turn." "You mean go straight through the barricade. I think you know the answer." "No, I don't, that's why I was going to ask [because y'know the last three guys let me through." Whatever. I chalked it up to him being young and probably tired/dehydrated/frustrated. He was probably out of patience by that time.
Anyway, I think a better planned bike ride for during the fireworks could be a pretty cool organized ride for future years.
- On Tuesday, a drunk driver took his car onto the Capital Crescent Trail and made it from Georgetown to the trail closure just south of Mass Ave, where he had to turn around, but instead backed into a ditch. He reportedly drove pretty fast and dangerously and was arrested by the Park Police. This means he went through the tunnel, over the bridges etc...Some people think there are enough clues in the photos to determine that the car belongs to a senior Air Force Officer.
- Bike Arlington's B team is in 9th place in the National Bike Challenge.
- Is CaBi helping to end the taxi business in DC?
- A 31-year old Loudoun County cyclist was hit by a driver who fled the scene and police are looking for witnesses