I want pedicabs off the routes out of town during rush hours. They are a menace to traffic flow and cause backups.
thats why those routes you want pedicabs off of is great because they are along wide sidewalk access. I think that is a great idea, pedicabs are slow moving they can yield for pedestrians. i think they ride, lol or try to ride faster on those streets is because of the flow of traffic.
I want drivers out of DC. They're the true menace.
@NP; I want Park Police to enforce the posted speed limit of 35 mph on routes out of town in places like Independence Avenue west of WWII Memorial. Park Police routinely allow people (like you, NP) to race through that road endangering tourists. Your impatience is an indicator of your immature attitude. Removing pedicabs will not get you home any sooner. Slow down, fool!
@NP and @PedicabHarry - The posted speed is actually 30mph, not 35mph, although I suspect the average speed is somewhere around 50mph for your typical impatient commuting driver.
@NP - Unfortunately for your dreams, roads are public thoroughfare - which means bicycles can ride down them in critical mass at 15mph if they want to despite any faux dreams you may have. take the metro - the real cause of traffic backups are automobiles, and anyone who argues otherwise is ignoring reality and the fact that immediately after they cross the potomac there is the regular and widespread traffic jam during rush hours. are you really that much in a hurry to get over the river so you can slow down for this? stop being so silly and get a smarttrip card.
as for pedicabs - the park police are clearly trying to impose arbitrarily on the drivers, citing things such as their opinion, as if there was even such a thing as park service property (implying it is private) as well as blatantly ignoring the fact that the road plus the first 8ft of the sidewalks are public easement, as stated by dot.
I've seen these pedicabs "flourish" as of late, and at first I thought, what a cool idea. But then I saw the "realities" they bring: 1) HUGE backupups during rush hour, esp. on major routes like 14th and 15th st. (have you seen how SLOW they are going up hill, carrying three passengers, on 14th near the mall); 2) not only are they slow, but they stop or slow down even further when explaininging a landmark or the like; 3) the pedicabs and even the passengers are oblivious, inconsiderate, or don't care the hundreds of people they hold up or irritate...they even taunt/wave/cheer people that honk at them; 4) there is no safety to the passengers...no one is wearing any helmets...no seat belts..no roll over protection..no impact protection what so ever; 5) total disregard for any traffic laws...weave in/out of traffic....cut across...go wrong direction. That being said, at the very LEAST, ban them from major streets during rush hour. For example, cars are not allowed to park on major streets from say 4-6:30PM because they are an impediment to traffic. By the same token, these pedicabs are an impediment to traffic during these times as well.
once again, the sidewalks asked for by the pedicab drivers, i saw proposals sent to me since i have been asked my views on the current regulatory negotiations. i grrl that once again pedicabs can safely and ride that huge sidewalk on the streets i think people are referring to, the 15th street traffic near the monument. Perfect!! then pedicabs can stop 14th street and have to take the sidewalk on 15th....a better route
@dcdriver Roads are a public thoroughfare.
@wealth Bikes and sidewalks don't mix. They endanger pedestrians.
@DCdriver - wow you are a real smart guy, are you part of DOT? Have you any experience with traffic control and/or traffic laws. Maybe you should consider a career in metropolitan traffic control, since you sound really qualified. Even if there were 100 pedicabs working during peak summer, during peak traffic, they are a very small drop in the bucket compared to the 10's of thousands of cars/trucks/tour buses that are driving across DC bridges during rush hour. Traffic doesn't even move more than 15-20 mph during peak bridge traffic times along 14th and 15th st anyways so I really don't understand your point about pedicabs slowing down traffic.
4) Please show me evidence of 1 pedicab accident in Washington, DC that was a result of the pedicab operators actions/driving. Most pedicabbers have seatbelts, turn signals, brake lights, insurance. Are you a mechanical engineer, can you please design us a safer pedicab? I'm sure many people will buy your excellent pedicab safety cab.
Let's ban CARS from 14th and 15th street during 4-6:30 and have pedicabs only! It would be safer, better for the environment and most of all less stressful!
I live on Capitol Hill and work in Pen Quarter. I ride my bike to/from work everyday and have no issue with Pedicabs. They provide a unique experience to seeing the monuments and memorials in our city. It's just one more thing that makes our city special. I hope the NPS and pedicabs and reach an agreement and operate in peace.