Originally Posted by dynaryder
You are just not getting this. This is Washington DC, not New York City. They are different places. We do not have effective traffic enforcement, we haven't for over a decade. If it weren't for cyclists and WABA raising a stink about the cycle tracks(this one and the Penn Ave one),*NOTHING* would be done about it. That's how things are around here. Grease is only supplied to squeaks.
And what's with this first stone crap? Who cares what kind of person the cyclist is? He was reporting something illegal/unsafe. First stone nonsense is exactly how many drivers talk;they may be talking on their cellphone(illegal here),but all cyclists run stop signs.
I am inclined to agree with this. Even though I lived in (Duluth)Minnesota Nov.'02-Jan.'07, I had lived in NW DC and Montgomery County(Maryland) since 1984. I had also lived in DC back in 1981. Prior to that only a few summers. In 1981. I was hit by an inattentive octogenarian as I was making a right turn from Foxhall Road on to Q St.. I was 'stupidly' hugging the curb, but as a 14yr.-old kid I didn't know any better. When I started to make the turn, I had to avoid a parked car on Q St., the 80yr.-old female driver crowded me on the left side. This resulted in my crashing and ending up halfway under her car. She was totally oblivious except for screaming in pain as the left pedal(it had the standard 'tooth' design, instead of the flat surface of touring pedals) dug into my foot.
Since I moved back to the region from Minnesota in 2007, I have had one bike accident on Wisc. Ave. right across from the HQ of the U.S. Secret Service where, I stupidly didn't see the 'classic' DC pothole, that sent me flying over the handlebars. But I have also been hit three times when I have 'hugged the curb'. I was hit once last year at an intersection because of getting frustrated with the bottleneck at a green light during PM-Rush. So that was entirely and totally my fault.
Last year, and the pothole in DC notwithstanding, every time I have had a chance to talk with an officer in Montgomery County, DC, (or even in Fairfax County or Arlington County in Virginia), I have heard the classic excuse that they had to 'see' a 'close pass'. Granted an officer can't accurately see if a vehicle is abiding by the 'close pass' laws. But, Even if a cyclist has a helmetcam, the departments won't look at it. The police departments(state, county, and city, along with the U.S. Park Police) in the region only take notice of a cyclist, when they are involved in an accident. Regardless of whether a cyclist is killed or not, in this region predominantly, the it is almost always judged to be the cyclist's fault. That is what happened in the case of Natasha Pettigrew's death. The driver(Christy Littleford) was sentenced to less than a year in prison. The latest case of maligned justice is the recent death of Trish Cunningham. Where the DA in the case, chose not to press charges against Whitney DeCesaris, beyond the four driving-specific charges. Despite the fact of the comment Ms. DeCesaris following the accident saying specifically "Forget about what is gone". So, When Dr. Christopher Thompson was sentenced in California, to prison for road rage against two cyclists' who were not killed, that was a rarity. Yet motorists' in the D.C.-Metro region can practically treat cyclists' like shooting pigeons at a state/county fair. Because of the gift of 'immunity from prosecution' due to the hostility of law enforcement towards' cyclists'. Sure, There are 'passing' laws on the books in Maryland, Virginia, and DC. But both states and DC choose to ignore them. I was at a grocery store yesterday and happened to see a county police officer. I 'tried' to ask him about seeing what the police department's policy was on the 3-Foot law that was put into law several years ago. He became hostile with me, almost immediately. When I wasn't asking him to tell me the answer to what the policy was, but where I could find the actual noted policy in the police department's records so I could talk to a senior officer about it.