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Old 09-14-06, 08:03 AM   #1
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DC's new cycling mayor

Adrian Fenty just won the DC democratic primary for mayor, which in this city is tantamount to election. He is a cyclist himself (actually a tri-athlete) and this is what he had to say when asked about cycling-related policy:

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My campaign has brought me to every major intersection in the City. I see bicyclists "sharing" the road with aggressive drivers, many of whom are from Virginia and Maryland. Frankly, I've seen some pretty scary moments where drivers were careless, on cell phones or apparently unaware of the rights of bicyclists.

My administration will work with bicyclists to increase safety and the ease of bicycling. I believe there has to be consistable education of DC drivers, but particularly of Maryland and Virginia drivers who must understand that bicyclists have road rights in the District. My administration will enforce our laws and increase the security of bicyclists.
I say bravo.
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Old 09-14-06, 08:06 AM   #2
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Sounds good.

What is "consistable"? Did he mean "consistent"?

Now we just need him to throw his support behind the Nationals stadium project.
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What is "consistable"? Did he mean "consistent"?
- i'm sure this is a typo... if not, DC is in trouble [again]...

- but his interest sounds like good news for cyclists in the District...

- i kinda liked Tony Williams, but apparently he wasn't deemed 'black enough' for some voters after being elected...

- and anyone *has* to be better than that former mayor and crack smoker in Ward Eight who said:

"The contagious people of Washington have stood firm against diversity during this long period of increment weather."
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Sounds good, but he sounds less than informed or did not want to get caught up in a facilities issue (bike lane or no) that could have eaten into his votes among the city's cyclists.

"My administration will work with bicyclists to increase safety and the ease of bicycling. "
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Now we just need him to throw his support behind the Nationals stadium project.
Good luck with that one.
They've been given more than enough '$upport' as it is, dont you think?

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- i kinda liked Tony Williams, but apparently he wasn't deemed 'black enough' for some voters after being elected...
Williams was alright, but he only really delivered on his plan to bring the wonderful game of baseball to beltway-straddling suburbanites, and spent the rest of his tenure off in China or whatever his other vacation destination was for the week.
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How about holding road users accountable for their actions? (This is the opposite of "no fault" insurance.)
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I'll believe it when I see it. Every time I've rolled up 7th I've dodged cars in the bike/bus lane. And I don't know whether it's fun or sad to sit at the Key Bridge and count how many people are rolling onto M st with cells stuck to their ears.

Did you see Tripp at Bike to Work Day? My fav line was,"oh,and this is my campaign manager XXXX,she bikes to work!". Great. And you don't ride,why?
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dynaryder,

I too am amazed that the city can stripe bike lanes on 7th & 9th then completely ignore it when they are used as extra rush hour lanes, truck unloading, valet drop-off, and (the worst) police car parking while they are on a meal break.

I got distracted but there was supposed to be a meeting on the 13th where this item was on the agenda. Over the next few months, like it or not, the city will be adding many more lanes downtown dedicated for bike/bus travel only. If they don't start enforcing 7th & 9th soon then what's the point!
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A cycling mayor is good news

My wife and I visit DC once or twice a year, and we always bring our bikes. We ride the Potomac River trail from Mt. Vernon to DC. It's about 15 miles one way. A bike is the best way to see the DC monuments.
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Hope it possible that the US has finally elected someone as effective as London's Mayor Livingston.
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My wife and I visit DC once or twice a year, and we always bring our bikes. We ride the Potomac River trail from Mt. Vernon to DC. It's about 15 miles one way. A bike is the best way to see the DC monuments.
That's in Virginia.
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