Park Police hassle driver who stops at GW Parkway crossing
Crosswalks along the GW Parkway are very dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. But instead of fixing the problem, the Park Police are pulling over and criticizing drivers who stop to let people cross.
TBD's Andrew Beaujon reports that this morning, he was trying to cross the parkway on his bike, and a driver slowed down to let him. In response, Park Police officers pulled over the driver.
The officer then told Beaujon that he had pulled the driver over because his stopping might have led to a collision. Beaujon also says the officer was "very rude."
The Park Police seem to be responding, but in a very poor manner, to an incident last week where one driver rear-ended another who had stopped to let a cyclist cross at a crosswalk. As Stephen Miller explained, this stems from the basic design of the area, which is optimized for high-speed traffic flow instead of to accommodate both drivers and people crossing alike.
WJLA yesterday picked up the story of unsafe crossings here. Their video mentions the same solution Stephen suggested: HAWK signals, which DDOT officials told them have been very effective.overreacting to dancing, shutting down food trucks, arresting journalists at public meetings, or tasering pedicab drivers, there seems to be a pattern of very poor Park Police responses to issues that arise.
The "Smooth Operator" road safety campaign just sent out a press release entitled, "Speeding belongs on the raceway— Correction: The original headline on this article erroneously suggested Beaujon was a pedestrian. He was actually on a bicycle.
Correction: The original headline on this article erroneously suggested Beaujon was a pedestrian. He was actually on a bicycle.
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