- There are road-runners in all times of day, I love it! I do work about 9 hours during the day, but on those occasions I went out for lunch, or walk back to or from the hotel, or early in the morning when I myself go for a run, I would see runners. Good for ya, D.C.!
- Bike-share is alive in D.C. $7 gets you a day pass that include free 30-minute rides. I haven't tried it yet but I worry that it's like NYC, where at certain time it's impossible to find an empty dock to return the bike, or every bike taken out. During an evening rush, I did notice a few stations with available bikes, so maybe it's not as bad.
- Cycling is popular! In the Metro Center area that I frequent, I don't see that many bike lanes, definitely no protected lanes, where the lane is between sidewalk and a parking lane, so cycling is not as well supported as in New York City, but it sure is popular. I noticed bike racks outside many building, people riding bikes home during evening rush hour.
- The bike-share map shows certain areas in Downtown as off-limit to sidewalk-riding. What? Does that mean riding on the sidewalk is allowed elsewhere? That seems to be the case, as I saw many people riding on the sidewalk. Most sidewalks are wide so it's not a problem, but it's something I shudder, as I'm a law-abiding cyclist when it comes to sidewalk-riding, as prohibited in NYC.
- Like many big cities, there are homeless people on the street in many places. I arrived in D.C. at night, during the taxi ride to the hotel I couldn't help seeing people sleeping in bus shelter and in public parks. Sad.
- It's a given that there are museums everywhere in D.C., but I also noticed that associations and groups are all over too. I suppose chances are your groups need to convince the politicians to support your cause by passing laws so might well be in physical proximity to the legislators.
- I didn't like the non-rectangular streets of Boston and incorrectly thought D.C. would be worse. While there are those diagonal avenues, there is some kind of a grid with the numbered streets and the lettered streets, at least in the northwest area that I stay at.
- The motorists I crossed paths the past few days are pretty nice compared to others I know. They yield to pedestrians! I haven't heard any angry honking either. Maybe I just need to walk in rush-hour traffic more? I do obey traffic signals for pedestrians, so maybe that helped.
12 November 2014
THINGS I NOTICED IN D.C.
In my family, I am not The Traveler, that is the one family member who travels all over the world, to all the fun or interesting places, for leisure. However, with my current job, I did get to travel to a few places to work. Work is, well, work, with the 9-to-5 or something along that line, but usually in the evening I get to enjoy the city/town a little bit. On occasions, I stay over the weekend and get to appreciate local culture in a more leisurely way. I started to work-travel back in August and meant to blog about the experience but life got in the way. Without much further ado, here are the Things I Noticed in Washington D.C., with no research whatsoever on the topics: