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NPS cracking down on cyclists?

Old 09-01-11, 09:59 AM
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NPS cracking down on cyclists?


Seems that the National Park Service may be enforcing their rule banning bikes from the Clara Barton and GW Parkways. I generally don't ride the CB (although there is no good alternate route to get from Arizona Ave to the Chain Bridge) but I sometimes ride the south end of the GW near Mount Vernon. Inconvenient, but I can stick to the MVT or the residential streets west of the parkway.

What bothers me is the NPS attitude to the trail crossings near the Memorial Bridge. Isn't the GW parkway in Virgina, and doesn't Virginia require cars to stop for pedestrians at marked (or unmarked) crosswalks. Is the NPS exempt form the laws of Virginia? I use those crossings often and it can take several minutes before there is a gap in traffic or a cars stop to let pedestrians and bikes across. Punishing a driver for following Virgina law and being a good road user seems absurd.
Perhaps demand signal crossing lights are the answer, although the speeding drivers on the parkway would through a fit.

cross-posted to the other Mid-Atlantic forum
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