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Capital Crescent Trail gated to prohibit cars

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There is some confusion about where the road stops and the Capital Crescent Trail begins. A barrier had to be put up between the street and the trail in Northwest Washington because drivers were confusing the trail for a road.

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“It looks pretty clear you shouldn’t go there with a car,” says Nat Malkus of D.C.

The gate separates Water Street in Georgetown from the trail and is designed to stop drivers even when their GPS says to drive on the trail.

National Park officials say before the gate went up there were too many  near-misses between cyclists and drivers.

“It looked like a road right there,” says one driver.

“I would enjoy riding on a path where there’s no cars,” says Kyle Roseman of D.C.

Now the section of Water Street is a popular turnaround with GPS-guided drivers thinking this is the best way to the Beltway or Maryland.

“We’re just trying to get to his aunt’s house… it’s 2013. We rely so much on technology that these are the kinds of things we get into,” says Ryan Jackson of Tulsa, OK.

But some users say this is just the government trying to be overprotective.

“Let’s keep everybody safe every second of the day,” says Christine Lashley of Reston.

Still, most cyclists say they’re more than pleased about gating this now car-free zone.

“I choose to ride on a bike path particularly because I want to avoid being hit by a car,” says Roseman.

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