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Flagging Strava Segments on the 14th Street Bridge

There are many names used for the sidewalk on the 14th Street Bridge, most based on the name for this bridge. The bridge has many names: 14th Street, George Mason Memorial, Rochambeau and the most official, the Arland D. Williams Jr. Memorial Bridge.

Flagging 14th Street Bridge Segments

Flagging 14th Street Bridge Segments

Often when I ride across this bridge, I find a new Strava segment created on it. Strava, a social fitness network, allows users to track how quickly they traverse various parts of rides called segments. Segments are created and delineated by the user community. I have made a few myself and challenge myself on those and others regularly. I have even taken greater risks, to just myself, in pursuit of good times, however, I have never acted with disregard for other riders, other trail users, sanity, or cars.

The bike path on the Arland D. Williams Jr. Memorial Bridge is narrow, shared with runners, walkers and the occasional wheel chair. Many tourist use this sidewalk when visiting the mall area. This bike path, like all shared bike paths in the region, have a 15 MPH speed limit. I find it totally irresponsible for people blast across this segment and the other bike paths at reckless speeds.

Flagged Strava Segments on the 14th Street Bridge

Flagged Strava Segments on the 14th Street Bridge

That is why I am proud to routinely mark this segment as hazardous. I have done time and time again and will always do so. I have also done so for many segments on the Mt. Vernon, WO&D and other bike paths. I have marked so many, I got an e-mail about it from Strava. When I explained why I was doing this, they agreed with my reasons and actions.

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Posted by on December 20, 2013 in Bike, DC

 

Trail Work at Fort DuPont Sat April 6th

I am leading my first trail work at Fort DuPont on Sat April 6th starting at 9:30 am. Originally I proposed this Sunday, forgetting it was Easter.  
We will meet at 9:30 in the main parking lot along Fort David Drive just north of Randal Circle. (See map below). We will have gloves and bags for you, but if you prefer to bring your own that is cool.
We’ll break into groups to cover multiple sections. The highest priority is the section between Fort Davis/Texas and Massachusetts.  Not much trash, but the most used.  The next section is between Fort Davis/Texas and North Capital with a lot of trash. If enough folks  come, we’ll also spread out to the southern sections beyond Branch Ave. The attach basic trail map shows what sections we’ll be working on.
Call me at 814-777-2580 if you have any questions, arrive late and want to join us, etc.

Fort DuPont ride meet-up location

Fort DuPont ride meet-up location

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Bike, DC, Fort Dupont

 

Jan 27th Fort DuPont Ride Report

On Sunday January 27th, I lead another ride in Fort DuPont in SE Washington DC. Had a total of six people join  us, including two that had never been in the park before. Rode for a total of about 9 miles. Was nice and slow and involved a lot of talking. http://app.strava.com/activities/38848338

Based on the amount of tire tracks out there, the few people we ran into, and results shown on Strava, a lot more people ride out there than I think.

Leah and Erin at Fort DuPont Jan 27 2013

Leah and Erin at Fort DuPont Jan 27 2013

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in Bike, DC, Fort Dupont

 

Jan 01 Hangover Ride Report

The hangover ride got a pretty good turn out. A total of six folks showed up and rode. Four were new to Fort DuPont. Had a lot of fun and rode for about 1.5 hours.

Tony leading Erin, Klye and Craig. Fort DuPont Jan 01, 2013
Tony leading Erin, Klye and Craig. Fort DuPont Jan 01, 2013
 
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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Bike, DC, Fort Dupont

 

Softride

It is rare to find any Softride bikes, not a bad thing. Was happy to see this converted 1980’s Schwinn MTB down on the National Mall during the March to Keep Fear Alive. Love the combination of the bolt on beam and stem.

The package is finished off with a cap Softride made to cover up the seatpost hole. That was a super cool idea.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2011 in Bike, DC, Vintage Bikes

 

DC Bike Racks

This photo shows why you cannot trust most DC street bike racks. They installed four bolts into the cement,however just use simple normal nuts to hold the rack. One person with a wrench must have loosened these, then slipped the locked bike off of it and took it away. Seen in from on Vinoteca Sat Oct 29th.

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in Bike, DC

 

The Untouchables and Food for All DC

For about three years I have been regularly working at Food for All DC each Saturday. We deliver boxes of food to home bound individuals in DC. It has got me to visit many parts of DC most other strive to miss and consider unsafe. Nothing bad has ever happened to me, but I have got to see how bad others in DC have it.

http://www.castesystem.tk/

In 2009, we started getting lots of volunteers that work for Deloitte. Deloitte encourages their employees to do such volunteer work. One week a engineer from Deloitte showed up. He and I went out to do a route together in SE DC across the river, aka the bad part. He had just moved to the US, from India, so I did the navigating.

He stayed in his car for all by the last delivery when he finally mustered up the courage. The client’s apartment turned out to be the worse I have ever seen. It was a small dark and dank apartment in the basement of a horrible building with broken doors and windows. The client was woman that had both legs amputated at the knee. She was on her bed in the living room. I was pretty sure she had not been off that bed for months based on the smell and the filth. Next to her was another woman who was coughing and hacking terribly. She sounded like she had tuberculosis. The few small kids running around just seemed friendly but dazed. The young boy I tried to talk, maybe about 7 years old, just could not speak clearly. I am not sure why, but suspect it was a combination of horrible nutrition and the insane amount of mercury and lead poisoning in these areas.

As we drove away, the engineer from Deloitte mentioned they were just like the untouchables in his home country. At first that made me very mad as I have always despised the caste systems of India. As time has passed, I know he was right. Their lot and prospects in life are really no better.

Food for All packed boxes

Food for All Dc Facebook Group

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in DC