On Dec. 28, I was nearly run over by a car on the Klingle Valley Trail bike path. The driver didn’t even slow down when I waved my arms and shouted. A runner came soon after and tried to catch up and get the license plate number. The car had entered on the lower end, near Porter Street NW, where there is neither signage nor an effective barrier to protect the bikers, joggers, baby strollers and children on the path from drivers wrongly using the asphalted bikeway as a road.
When the path opened this past summer, many residents complained that there was no good signage indicating that cars are prohibited. I know of at least three incidents of cars driving far up the path.
On Klingle Valley Trail, there is nothing much on the lower end (one of two stanchions has been lying on the ground for months), and the upper end has two barriers spaced so that cars can avoid them on either side. Remarkably, neither end has a “Do Not Enter” sign.
This is a tragedy waiting to happen. I gave the police a full report. The District Department of Transportation and the National Park Service need to take action now to protect the public.
Nancy Y. Bekavac, Washington