The March 30 Critical Mass bike ride found almost no cherry blossoms on the Hains Point run, a traditional part of the ride closest to April 1. This ride went very fast, routinely leaving traffic behind.
It seemed like the first cars that were able to keep up (given urban traffic) were a few in Hains Point, followed by some in Rock Creek Parkway when the ride narrowed to one lane to let them by.
Rock Creek Parkway was perhaps the high point of the ride. It is a 25 MPH road in most places, 35 in a few, yet bicycle riders rarely use it. No law prohibits riding there, and it cannot be considered a "limited access highway" given the at-grade stoplight at Virginia Ave as well as the low speed limits. The ride entered the parkway using both lanes, but narrowed to one as cars began to build up behind the ride to let them pass. Simply exercising the right to ride there was enough.
Throughout the ride, the pace was very fast, possibly the fastest Critical Mass I've ever seen, yet when the ride split it was just one split in the middle, and the trail element never got lost or out of sight of the lead element. Even when the ride returned to Dupont Circle a little after 7:40PM, in record time, a tight pack was still together.
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