jednorog t1_j9bhn97 wrote

I have not been in that area recently. If the signs are as confusing as you claim, it may be worth it to contest it. However, another commenter says that the camera and lower limit are clearly marked, so it's up to you whether you truly think you didn't have appropriate warning.

For what it's worth, going 41 in a 25 zone is potentially very dangerous. "The average risk of severe injury for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle reaches 10% at an impact speed of 16 mph, 25% at 23 mph, 50% at 31 mph, 75% at 39 mph, and 90% at 46 mph. The average risk of death for a pedestrian reaches 10% at an impact speed of 23 mph, 25% at 32 mph, 50% at 42 mph, 75% at 50 mph, and 90% at 58 mph." (source).


jednorog t1_j5og29w wrote

Illegally parked cars can block crosswalks, block fire hydrants, park people into their driveways, block sidewalks (not a huge problem for me but if I used a wheelchair or pushed a stroller it would be), limit drivers' visibility of pedestrians, and can create other safety issues. In many cases an illegally parked car isn't dangerous, you're right - but in many cases it is.


jednorog t1_j3lzxgq wrote

Car owners are (usually) not evil. Car dependency is evil. We should design our city so that everyone can get around safely without a car. This will definitely require expansion of public transit reach and frequency, and expansion of safe sidewalks and safe bike lanes. In some cases this may require reducing the convenience of driving, an activity which the city and the country currently heavily subsidizes.


jednorog t1_ix18vr5 wrote

Most of the tools you're describing already exist, it's just that the Mayor has not made them a priority.

DC has underfunded the booting and towing crew for years. During the first year or so of the pandemic they all but entirely refused to do their jobs, until (now-outgoing) CM Cheh got on their cases. Still, as of last year, their capacity to boot was only 50 cars per day (!) which is basically the same as zero.

Several Council Members noted that the Mayor's proposed budget kept the same funding for the booting/towing crew as in previous years, which is obviously insufficient for the problem. I recall that several Council Members proposed better funding for the booting/towing crew, but I don't recall whether they succeeded.


jednorog t1_iv7o681 wrote

I'm glad you're OK, and so sorry that two drivers almost injured or killed you, especially in such a short timespan.

The Department of For-Hire Vehicles regulates taxis. You may want to contact them directly. See .

In the longer term what we need is safer infrastructure, such as e.g. raised crosswalks, virtually everywhere in the city. You can put in a 311 service request ticket to have the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) do a Traffic Safety Investigation (TSI) at a specific intersection, like the two you were almost hit at.

You can also follow up with your Council Member's staff, and with the ANC of that area.


jednorog t1_iu5pn7d wrote

As a DC resident, my instinct is that I'm not all that interested in paying $3 to go my 3 miles to work when my colleague rides an hour in from Reston for the same $3. My colleague is getting a very different level of service than I am for the same price.

Maybe I'd be interested if we also had a congestion tax on out-of-District cars. We could then use the revenue from that to subsidize the long-distance metro fares. But that idea is beyond WMATA's mandate.

I guess I'm in the minority but I actually think the current fare structure - where each pair of stations has its own cost - is fine. Not great, but not so terrible that it's worth all the hassle.