WB Route 50 Shut Down After Moped Accident

by ARLnow.com September 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm 3,038 21 Comments

Update at 1:05 p.m. — Lanes have opened back up on westbound Route 50.

The westbound lanes of Route 50 have been shut down at Washington Boulevard after an accident involving a moped.

The moped rider is said to be conscious and alert after the accident. He’s being taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Drivers should expect significant traffic issues in the area.

  • NrNy2ArlVa

    Another 7 11 Coffee drinker

  • Brian

    What is up with all these unregistered mopeds on the streets? I’m talking no license plate at all — which likely means no insurance either.

    • Martin

      Anything under 50cc is considered a motorized bicycle. No license, insurance or registration is required. Once over 50cc then the rider must have a motorcycle endorsement, insurance registration and that thing we all in VA love – property tax.

      • Cate

        Anything under 50cc should also not be on the road.

  • GetReal

    If it’s truly a moped I belive you don’t need insurance or tags. They are treated as normal bikes. Now, if it’s a scooter he should have tags/insurance as well as a class M licences.

    • Zoning Victim

      I’ve been told by a friend that scooters in DC with engines that are 50cc or less do not have to be registered or insured, but I’m not sure I believe him. I don’t see how any municipality is letting anyone get away with riding on the streets without insurance. He’s never registered or tagged his scooter and has been riding for years without getting a ticket for it, though.

      • GetReal

        I think 50cc is true for DC/MD, I believe in VA they look at HP. I used to know the cut-off, just don’t remember it right now.

        • Vespa King

          50cc or less does not require a license in Virginia.

          That said, the max speed of these 50cc machines does not meet the minimum speed limit of Rt. 50. They are only suitable for limited roads, but the drivers of these machines don’t seem to abide by that theory.

          • GetReal

            less than 50 cc and you can’t take it over 35mph….http://www.dmv.state.va.us/webdoc/citizen/vehicles/moped.asp

          • Vespa King

            I’m guessing the minimum speed on Rt. 50 to be 40 mph.

          • Zoning Victim

            I drive on 50 every day and haven’t noticed any posted minimum speed limit. In places where I have seen a posted minimum, like on 95, it’s usually 10 mph below the posted maximum or 45 mph. Here is what the law says about the minimum speed limit:

            I. No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic. §46.2-877 (¶1)
            II. A person, driving at less than the normal speed of traffic, shall drive in the lane nearest the right edge or right curb of the highway when such lane is available for travel. There is an exception to this requirement if the right lane of a particular highway has been reserved for slow-moving traffic. §46.2-804(1)

            What’s funny about the way the law is written is you could get a ticket for going the speed limit (or even over that) if everyone else was trying to go a lot faster and you are impeding traffic.

            Either way, it’s stupid to let people drive on any highway without insurance. There is no guarantee these people have health insurance; they’re going to be screwed if they get badly injured in a crash, which seems pretty likely if you wreck on a road where people are routinely doing 50+ mph in 4,000-7,000 pound vehicles.

          • Burger

            Tell me about it. I see them all the time on Lee highway and they can never get to 30 MPH and constantly slow down traffic.

            The cops at the speed trap on Lee Highway and John Marshall just let them by.

          • doozer

            There is no minimum speed limit on non limited access highways.

          • Martin

            EEEEE! Care to go for Double Jeopardy where the stakes can realy change? I have friends that race 50cc pocket rockets. They’ve translanted these engines into small mopeds and can reah speeds of 60mph (granted on flat land) easily. Of course this is a rarity but they’re out there.

  • charlie

    but should a moped be on 50?
    bikes are probably not “not allowed” but no one would go out there on a bike.

  • Southeast Ben

    When asked how he felt about leaving the office today and heading west to suburbia, Bart Scott said “can’t wait.”


  • Mr. Brown

    Maybe someone from ACPD can explain why a moped accident with non-life threatening injuries has to shut down all westbound lanes on US 50.

    • CW

      Looking from the times it was less than an hour and an accident is an accident, there has to be documentation, ensuring that the scene is free of dangerous leftover debris, etc.

    • Martin

      Non-Lifethreatening can still include many broken bones especially in the lower arm, wrist and fingers. I’ve got 3 bikes. BMW K1200GT, BMW 1000RR and Honda NT700V. I’ve been riding since I could walk and that not an exaggeration. I ride year round in everything but snow and lightening. I’ve gone down manytimes and all but one were the cause of cars not looking for the 2 wheelers. I’ve broken my right wrist 3 times as well as everyone of my fingers except for my thumbs. Borken bones equal law suit and law suit equals well documented accident scene which equals lanes shut down. Remember these guys aren’t the brightest or they’d be Feds. This is the local police were talking about.

      • Zoning Victim

        That’s really rude. Where do you think feds come from? Many of them have previous LE experience at the local levels. I’ve met some really smart LEOs and I’ve run into a few stupid ones; kind of like every other middle class job in America.

    • Just the Facts

      When the rider is lying face-down in the middle of Rt. 50 not moving it’s a safe bet that the road needs to be closed until the medics do their job.


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