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I saw a guy walking down the "median" of DC-295 today. I was terrified for him. More and more I see people walking and biking on this road. It's a sign of how car centric that all is.

I first noticed this several years ago while driving to Rosaryville out Pennsylvania Avenue. When you got east of the MD line, there were people walking in the road, the median, the shoulders. And cars all driving 60+ mph.

It was the first time I'd been in a first world country where I'd seen such behavior. Not a good sign.

From the Nat Harbor article comments:"You "just ride a bike" and "just walk" types are absolutely mentally challenged.

What makes you blithering idiots think a mid 30 ish, 40ish, and/or 50ish worker is going to walk to and from a job?"

I just turned 44. Spent the last half of my 30's/beginning of my 40's riding 4.5-5mi day,in all weather(including Snowpocalypse/Snowmageddon). Didn't kill me. Made me drop below 180 and made my PT test a breeze.

There have been posts on the WABA forum citing a hostile response to bike on the streets of National Harbor. These are now somewhat dated posts but I have seen nothing since that speaks to a warm and welcoming attitude to cyclists since then and I can't think of seeing even a single bike on the property during the business week.

I've seen groups of teenagers or 20-somethings walking away from Potomac Yard, along Potomac Ave. in Alexandria, intentionally taking up all car lanes in one direction, even though there is a bike/pedestrian path just a few feet away from the road. Even when a car approached one group, they didn't try to get out of the road. The driver stopped and slowly maneuvered around them.

While I don't see this too often, two or three times is more than enough.

I've also encountered other pedestrians on low-speed local roads who will step into the road directly in front of me (on my bike) even after making eye contact with me. They are jaywalking and yet they expect me to stop on a dime, even though they see me coming from 30 or 40 ft. away. This is in daylight too. This has happened in both D.C. and Arlington on several occasions.

It's almost as if there is a sense among a significant percentage of pedestrians that a pedestrian should be able to jaywalk and require drivers and cyclists to stop suddenly, even if the jaywalker steps into the road, mid-block, just before the car or bike gets to that point.

While car drivers create most of the dangerous situations I see on a regular basis, some pedestrians cause problems too. (And yes, some cyclists too, so no one is immune from entitled attitudes and reckless behavior.)

If they ever add bikeshare stations to National Harbor, it would need to be more than one. Otherwise, dockblocking would be a serious problem. If a single station were to be full, then a cyclist would have to return all the way to Alexandria to drop off the bike.

Even with multiple stations, dockblocking could be an issue. But I still think it would be a great idea to have CaBi stations at National Harbor. I've written to the property management company about it, suggesting that they look into it, but I never received a response.

From reports of other cyclists, they don't seem to be very welcoming of cyclists there, for whatever reason. The crushed shell path between the Wilson Bridge trails and National Harbor is one sign of this. It acts almost like a moat, in an attempt to discourage cyclists from riding between Alexandria and NH. Some have ridden on that path with skinny tires, but I don't want to take that chance on puncturing a tire.

Update on the Purple Line Bethesda plan: The planners would like to reach an agreement to demolish the Apex Building on Wisconsin Ave. and let the owners rebuild after a Purple Line station is built there. They are having difficulty reaching the owner.

If the parties can somehow reach an agreement, then the bike trail could be placed in the tunnel, instead of having an at-grade crossing of Wisconsin Ave.


Sounds like NH was not designed with much consideration for peds/bikes, and now they find that there is a transportation problem. Surprise!!!

I think you're fine at NH on the roads, and there is a lot of bike parking. But they could do more - starting with that crushed shell trail - and then connections on the downstream side as well.

National Harbor actively discourages people from the nearby neighborhood from walking to NH. When people bent the bars of the fence between the two properties to enable walking through (squeezing through, really, no way to get a bike through it), the bars were straightened and reinforced.

Interestingly, the Wilson Bridge Trail has become very popular for walking (and some biking) with people on the Maryland side. So much so that the NH property owners designated and signed an area for them to park. I'd be curious to know if they regard these walkers as a nuisance or a potential source of income.

The lack of connection to the adjacent neighborhoods as always struck me as odd. Look here and here, for example.

@NeilB--good observation. If you ask Google for directions from neighborhood roads (say, Rosier Rd or Alexandria Dr) to the McCormick and Schmick on the harbor, you have to drive 3-4 miles.

@NeilB Yes, that first one (at the circle) is the location of the desire path I mentioned.

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