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Riding on the Mt. Vernon Trail

The National Parks Service, grand organization, operates a beautiful pathway (the Mt. Vernon Trail) along the Potomac River – running from the Key Bridge (between Rosslyn, Va and Georgetown, DC) to George Washington’s historical estate, Mt. Vernon.

It is used by children, adults of all ages in all states of fitness and health as well as cyclists. Its distance runs through several neighborhoods as it curves near the river through Alexandria, VA and south.

It is also used by commuters who use it to connect to the Washington & Old Dominion Trail (W & OD). It is here that I want to make my point.

Much of the trail runs south in full view of the DC/Arlington bound traffic. The trail has faded yellow lines marking the “lanes,” but they do not reflect any light. The result of this is that ALL cyclists riding south have a very hard time seeing the trail because in the dark/dusk it blends into the grass around it – as these same cyclists must also contend with the huge number of car headlights shining on them (which also inhibits sight and safety).

Cyclists can use a lot of light on their own bikes or course, but this is also dangerous for other cyclists (and surely annoying to drivers).

So what we need is to work with National Parks Service to repaint the yellow stripes on the trail in order to make it a safer trail.

Please contact NPS and make your voice heard.

Thank you,

J.L.

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#Cycling at Night #bikedc

Who wants to go on long exploratory bike rides at night through the DC Metro area?

Please contact Jesse (@jlibraryist)

Also, e-mail: jesse@meta21st.com

Thank you.

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E-Bikes are Motorized vehicles…

All the e-bikes I have seen in use are quite rapid. In fact, they are faster than many bicycle peddlers (those who pedal) can move their bikes.

The reason for is is the machine pedal-assist that sends the rider to speeds faster than many casual cyclists, but slower than the speed of a scooter or moped.

Has anyone asked the question about whether these are motorized vehicles?

I am leaning toward “yes” on this question.

The result would be that e-bikes would have NO place on recreational trails. In fact, these electric bicycles go so fast, I think they should go out to the streets with traffic.

Thoughts, rants, considerations?

Thanks for reading.

Jesse

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