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I read the article and the comments. As of around 6 AM, no comments that the cyclists need to follow the rules of the road before they get safe places to ride. Has the car lobby lost their talking points crib sheet?

Please stop posting this jackaninny's articles. All of the clicks just encourages him to keep writing whatever drivel he came up with this time.

Sure, perhaps he can be a bit of a ninny, but some people listen to him; I dunno, impressionable people, children too young to have learned careful discernment. I think it's important to refute his arguments when they're false, both in the comments section and elsewhere. Well done here.

we need to know the memes. We have heard this also in Alex from Seminary Road diet opponents "It's bad because it does not connect to anything" (it does). "Its bad because there is no city wide planning" (there is). Its bad because its not a perfect bike lane (thats true but disingenous) Of course a lot of that is a trap, to get people talking bikes, when the project was largely designed to help peds, certain left turning drivers, and overall safety.

For the record, Doughty, Gates and Smith are people we in Ward 3 have been dealing with for decades to stop any development whatsoever. I find it interesting that Milloy was drawn to quote that group. Oh wait, they called him and he found a cause to champion.

If only they had been quoted as saying this is gentrification!

I appreciate that the most vocal critics are cranks who have very limited appeal.

Reading Milloy's column was an interesting exercise.

One one hand you have the text of his column which outlines the choices Copenhagen made over the course of decades that DC is just now getting around to. On the surface that's a lot better than the "we're not Copenhagen" argument that usually rests on the assumption that Copenhagen's bike infrastructure just appeared one day.

But the subtext is that everything Copenhagen did is still a bad idea for DC. You get some stuff about hills or whatever but there's no actual refutation.

Change the tone here and there and you actually have a pretty good column.

Now re: the actual proposal on Dalecarlia.

The petitioner is just making everything up. Guaranteed there's nothing to back up his assertions. That's how it always is.

Beyond that, what neighborhoods? On one side of the parkway you have the reservoir and on the other side you have two roads that kind of go into the neighborhood but the neighborhood itself isn't on a grid.

The reality is that this stretch of road is the One Mile where folks in Ward 3 get to drive really fast - like 50 mph is the average speed. Taking that away from drivers is wrenching from them the fantasy of every car commercial ever shown on TV.

One person at the ANC meeting actually called it "our Beltway," as in "don't take away our Beltway."

The alternate routes are simply other traffic laden Avenues that these folks want to avoid having to drive on because they have their Beltway.

Dougherty's point 3 above doesn't even make sense, as bikes would have a separate lane.

Not to mention DDOT's own data show that the traffic on the road, at least as it stood in recent years, can be handled by two lanes. (Though the ANC will ask DDOT to update the data, which he seems to want to avoid having happen, lest it undermine his main point.)

Making driving less convenient is definitely a way to get people to look at other forms of transit. At least, it was for me. I brought a car in 2012 to commute to work in Alexandria, from DC. It was a glorious 20 min easy-ride. The construction on the Memorial Bridge started and it was a frustrating-AF 45 min - 1 hour ride. And I thought: if it's going to take me an hour to get home from work, I may as well bike. So now unless the weather's really sucktastic, I bike. And I work from home more. Net result: one less car on the road. Also my newly minted bike booty.

Part of the context of this public space debate is that the population of DC hit its all-time high in 1950 and declined steadily for 50 years after that. For a long time the city had a surplus of public space, and the demand for it was shrinking. It became established in the DC political culture that if you didn't like the way a space near you was being used or proposed to be used, you could throw a temper tantrum and get your way, the DC government would just look somewhere else.

Population started rebounding in 2000 and has been growing steadily since, the city has gained almost 200,000 residents in the past 20 years. As the city has filled pressure has been growing on public space of all kinds. The political culture still lags but there are signs that a new reality is sinking in.

How do I upvote fongfong? He hit the nail on the head with the car commercial thing. I rode the Dalecarlia once,just to see where it went. I'd never take it again. I had two idiots blow by me too close and way above the speed limit. And they were the only two cars I encountered,so it wasn't like they didn't have the space.

Crap,how do you edit comments? Only 'once' was supposed to be italicized. :-}

i dont know if this response is going to do anything, but it is spectacular!! and therapeutic (funny, too!) thanks for taking the time to write it. this will be widely circulated, im guessing... this is right up there with your scofflaw essay....

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