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If voters perceive a problem about something and complain, regardless if it is a stated goal of that something, it is the right thing for a politician to be worried about.

Unfortunately, politicians are not elected for the correct analysis of a problem and good policy. They are elected by being responsive to constituents.

Wells and Evans are probably not mistaken. They just have a different perspective.

Both Jack Evans and Tommy Wells spent a lot of time talking about how to protect pedestrians from cyclists, but almost no time on how to protect both groups from drivers.

Yes, but unfortunately auto traffic is like the wind or rain. Nothing can be done about it--it simply is. It's up to the marginal figures who live on the periphery of society--that is, the pedestrians and cyclists--to fight over the scraps left behind by the DC City Council's real constituents: out-of-state commuters.

Oh, also too: if you think Evans has any clue what "contributory negligence" is, or what it's implications are, well, all I can say is, kudos for your optimism.

Are Evans and Wells aware of the discrimination that is so often experienced by cyclists in DC? When I read "Wells notes that he hears a lot from seniors who are 'terrified' of cyclists," I wonder how he would respond to someone who complained of being terrified of black people?

@Jonathan: Love that comment.

As for me: I am terrified of cars, trucks and busses.

It's unfortunate that I haven't been able to testify on these issues, at Mendelson's hearing or this one, because you're right that the overall issue concerns how streets are designed and managed, whether or not bicyclists feel comfortable riding on streets, and how the responsibility of the motor vehicle/driver in terms of the disproportionate consequence of driver error-rage-entitlement isn't properly weighed in laws, regulations, and enforcement.

And yes, relying on self-reported concerns for driving policy is a mistake, because by its very nature, it's going to be a set of skewed data.

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