In their quest to rid the city of its Bicycle Friendly City designation, the Alexandria City Police have apparently stepped up their efforts to piss cyclists off. Today on a beautiful summer evening, I was riding home along the Mount Vernon Trail. It was an uneventful ride until I found the trail blocked by not one but two police cruisers from the Alexandria Police Department. After I took a picture of the situation,
I slowed down and looked around for crime stopping in action. All I could see was a nice gathering of happy people under a temporary canopy in the adjacent park. No fleeing perps, no safe crackers, no terrorists in sight. After I passed the police cars, I checked to see if their was no parking in the street just 30 yards ahead. That would explain it, thought I. Well, there were 3 spaces right next to the trail.
So I am thinking maybe these police cars were transporting coolers of refreshing police juice to the revelers at the party., Maybe they had offered to drive some physically impaired party-goers to the big do. Maybe they had just finished solving a cold case involving a serial killer and a frisbee.
Or maybe the people of Alexandria don't much respect trail users.