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'"...I can’t pinpoint Congress’ constitutional authority to promote bicycle transportation." It's the same place where they have the power to build highways.'

Just require bicyclists to carry mail on every trip.

(but seriously, the federal government *has* overstepped their authority on the highway thing. But everyone likes the highways and the money, so nobody protests. And there's stuff like South Dakota v Dole, and the general disregard of the 4th amendment on the I-95 corridor)

I also just noticed signs in the Yards Park which also say "no bikes." So yes, them's the rules: you must walk your bike between 2nd and 11th St SE.

Interesting that a dean emeritus at a law school who has taught constitutional law for 38 years would be unaware of the General Welfare Clause.


How about these rules: Debbie Rattner and Forest City can explain to their tenants how bicycles are not welcome in their vision for the Yards. Meanwhile there is an alternative: Nationals Park across South Capitol Street Bridge to the East Bank Trail through Anacostia Park, to either 11th Street Bridge or the bridge (now under construction) across the tracks north to Benning.

"I was aware that biking was not allowed on the Navy Yard Promenade, but this is the first I've heard of it being enforced."

Dude - I greatly admire you but - rules are rules - they were enforced and you question it? Why don't you go make an appointment with the base commander. What other rules don't you follow?

If you look at the biking map it goes north of the Navy Yard - always has.

The Riverwalk will get plenty of walkers and runners.

But the question remains - why is the Riverwalk unsuitable for bikes? Except for the narrow metal bridge near the 11th St end, there is no reason I can see that bikes would not be able to safely traverse the Navy Yard section. Sure, if it becomes as busy as the Georgetown waterfront, bikes could cause a problem, but that's certainly not the case now!

Mike, I've fixed your comments above to make it more fitting for this blog. It seems you thought you were at the comment section for WTOP.

As for the gist of your question - most cyclists and most people ignore a lot of rules. Like jaywalking and having a bell on their bike. This rule was one of those, primarily because it isn't a good rule or at least the Navy hasn't explained the value of it. Now a bad rule that isn't enforced is only slightly worse than the absence of bad rules. But what no one likes are bad rules that are enforced or good rules that aren't.

off topic, but thank you washcycle for the blog. I read every day and I'm always the most informed among my friends because of it

Someone tried riding to every CaBi station yesterday, all 151 stations. According to Twitter, he finished. But some of the stations were full so he couldn't check in. Thus, there's no way to verify that he completed the challenge. Interesting way to spend the day.



Cyclists who think police are biased against them are fueled by another statistic: In 2011, the NYPD issued 10,415 criminal court summonses to truck operators. During the same year, 34,813 summonses were issued to bicyclists.

Do these figures include parking and no-standing violations? Otherwise I don't follow the concern.

To get action at the Navy Yard (Naval Support Activity Washington), try writing the command at:
1411 Parsons Ave SE
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20374-5001

Here are the bios, I suggest writing the XO and the Command Master Chief.

there is no bias against cyclists?

re: bicyclebug's CaBiChallenge. S/he could have used two credit cards. Arrive at a full station with bike, use CC#2 to check out a bike, return bike paid for with CC#1 into newly empty dock.

Or, if you just want to verify that you've visited all the stations, you could just ride your own bike around and print off an unlock code from each station. (I guess that wouldn't work if the printer's down, though.)

Sounds like a fun little summer game.

@me. Not sure whether you were directing your query to me, but if so, I have no knowledge of traffic enforcement in NYC. My point was that I don't follow how the statistics cited support the theory of bias. Raw numbers mean little without context. If there are 3 times as many cyclists on the road as trucks, then we would expect 3 times as many citations assuming equal propensity to violate and no bias.

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