Road Rage In Rock Creek Park

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To get from my house to almost anywhere in town, I have to hop in my car and drive through the winding roads through Rock Creek Park to reach my destination.

The park has a beautiful roadway for cars, and miles of trails for hikers, bikers and horses.  Now the hikers and horses are pretty happy with this arrangement.  But the bikers are riding, not on the gorgeous bike trails, but on the roadway, sometimes two or three abreast (so the cars can't pass them).

Today, I was driving from my house to an appointment in Georgetown.  Then there was this backup on Beach Drive - two freakin' cyclists riding side by side on the roadway. And they were holding up a bunch of high priced men and women.

Little Miss Type-A here felt some blood pressure action and was a little ticked off.  But some of the other drivers were going truly nuts.  Blasting horns, fists shaking out car windows, and expletives flying.

Now there's room in the park for everyone.  And even when cyclists use the roadway, simple courtesy is required of both bikers and drivers.  Like bikes do single file to the right, so cars can pass without risking near death experiences.

When I'm on a bicycle, I'm pretty intimidated by cars, and I stick to the bike path as much as possible, and I really wish other Washington, DC cyclists were as cowardly as I am.



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Amanda Evans
DFW Living - Fort Worth, TX
Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas

New Rule:  If you cannot travel the speed limit, get off the road! 

Nov 26, 2008 01:09 PM #1
Ken Montville
RE/MAX United Real Estate - College Park, MD
The MD Suburbs of DC

Those bicyclists can be pretty militant. At least you were in a car and not on foot when a bike courier whizzes past you at 40mph. Be that as it may, the park is one of the only places in the District where they can actually assert themselves without fear of being run over by a bus or FedEx truck.  Still, it would be nice if motorists and bicyclists were more courteous to one another.

Now it ay be time to dip into some of that wine you're taking to Thanksgiving tomorrow and mellow out!  Save some for tomorrow!

Nov 26, 2008 01:10 PM #2
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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How I understand you. Being deaf to others is very much American. Why American and not Russian? Simple. In Russia these things are simple: who's heavier, faster, stronger, - he/she is in control.

When crossing the intersection, having a green light, I still watch the cars, and if someone is moving fast, I stop or step back. Friends sometimes are surprised, but I learned it long ago: if you are injured and you were right, you are still injured or dead.

As for bikers blocking the cars, in Russia if you are on the road, you are prey. More drivers than not would make it a point to hunt you. That reckless biking will be one and only in one's life.

Not that I call for that here, but sometimes I would love them to get "trained" there (LOL)

Nov 26, 2008 01:14 PM #3
Danny Thornton
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Patricia, do what I did in Atlanta. When I went by them, my passenger just dumped his drink all over them.

Nov 26, 2008 01:22 PM #4
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Patricia- I am too coward to ride my bike on the road too. Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 26, 2008 01:33 PM #5
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Pat, I would think riding abreast would be dangerous when the cars are around. I hope I am never that fearless.

Nov 26, 2008 01:49 PM #6
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Pat... I believe that sharing the road does not mean "Just go around me".  When 2 cyclists ride side-by-side it is hogging the road and makes going around them dangerous and prohibitive.  They should have known better.  Next time send Amanda after them! ;)

Nov 26, 2008 02:23 PM #7
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Pat!  'Share the road,' which is our biking/auto motto here in Charlotte, means to respect one another!  Like you, I'm a biking coward and move on the bike path--ESPECIALLY during times of high traffic--these people must not value their lives, that's for sure!

Debe in Charlotte

Nov 26, 2008 02:43 PM #8
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

We have built bike paths here and they still ride on the roads and ingnore typical rules of the road like Stop sign. I just don't get what they are thinking.

Nov 26, 2008 03:57 PM #9
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

It is cyclists like that which give the rest of them a bad name. They need to remember who pays the road tax, it certainly isn't the air in their tires.

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home -

Nov 26, 2008 04:50 PM #10
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Pat, There are times when the single rider can be holding up traffic too.  But you are soooooo right and I agree.

Nov 26, 2008 10:09 PM #11
Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate
Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access - Philadelphia, PA

Patricia, it is amazing how one's blood pressure can go through the roof or even worse, road rage really kicks in... and over what ?  A few minutes delay ?  I get all worked up too so will need to evaluate that in myself : )   All and all, happy thanksgiving !

Nov 27, 2008 12:05 AM #12
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


I drive more than I bike. I get irritated with cyclists sometimes, those that flaunt that they can fill the road. However some motorists are nuts. A couple months back, when I was being a courteous cyclist a guy in a truck actually hit me and shoved me into the ditch. It is amazing I came out of it with only a sprained wrist. I wrote a blog about that.

Nov 27, 2008 05:32 AM #13
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Clayton, MO

Hi Patricia. Isn't that crazy? My daughter used to live in Colorado and that would happen all the time....I would have to shut my eyes when I visited her because I was so afraid one of the cyclists would get hit. They can be very bold!! :)

Nov 27, 2008 07:32 AM #14
Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
Overland Park

Pat, I have seen some bold cyclists who think they own the road - it is very disrespectful.

Nov 27, 2008 12:58 PM #15
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

So the holiday spirit has arrived in Holiday Park, eh? Bicycles out here have to follow the same rules as cars. One can get a ticket for running a stop sign, running a red light, and speeding. There are no "minimum speed limits" here, so bicyclists have full access to the road unless posted otherwise; for example, bicycles and mopends are not allowed on the freeways.

Nov 28, 2008 05:21 PM #16
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