Been to a city where the rules or laws don't seem to be the same as Chicago?
So, been in D.C. for a little over a week now and I have seen SO many people riding their bikes on the sidewalks. And... NO shaming. No one yelling at them. Nothing. I'm not crazy about the sidewalk riding but then I rode on the street and nearly got smooshed by a SUV that didn't look before moving to the right. Definitely not in Chicago anymore...
....or could it be that in Chicago we're in a Blue state, while in DC the other party seems to be running things?
Except I have the impression that DC itself is solidly democratic.
Huh? It doesn't get much bluer than D.C.
Very true. SO blue! :-)
Yes exactly! re being carefully flexible about sidewalks.
From what I've been told, not legal but people kinda just let it go. Don't get worked up. I have yet to see someone swear at anyone else on the road. Granted, my drive in to work from my temp. place is frightening (I plan to bike commute when I get in an apt.) but that's also more to do with the crazy streets and how they open all lanes during rush hour but there's no signage that explains what's going on so it all feels a little nutty. And super fast.
In Pittsburgh, cars turn left as soon as the light turns green, even if they don't have a green arrow.
They also come to a complete stop at the end of highway on-ramps, but that doesn't affect cycling.
This is a great video:
That's what we need in Chicago. Just think of the photo-op for Rahm.
In my (limited) experience I found DC a pretty nice city to cycle in...it took some getting used to those hills though. Stay safe!