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Draft 2015-20 TIP and CLRP

If you really want to nerd out on future bike/ped project funding goals, you could hardly do worse than to read through the MWCOG Transporation Planning Board's Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) for FY 2015-2020.  That way you can impress people at cocktail parties by letting them know the status of the Winkle Doodle Branch Bridge Upgrade project.

If that's not enough, you can review the Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan. Recent additions and changes are summarized here.  The only new project listed as "primarily a bike/ped project" is one to widen VA-123 from VA 7 to I-495.

Tonya Reaves, 53 year-old cyclist, killed by hit-and-run driver

Early Saturday morning, around 2:30am, Tonya Reaves was riding her bike on 8th Street NW near S Street when she was struck by a "light colored SUV". The SUV's driver then fled the scene south in the direction of Rhode Island Avenue

Emergency responders took Reaves to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. D.C. police are searching for the driver Police said the SUV may have damage to its right front bumper.

The story was reported by most of the local media, but the reports don't vary much from that. With all the cameras in this town, I'd be surprised if some footage doesn't exist. 

It's the first death of a cyclist in the WAMPA area since the June 14, 2013 death of 9-year old Jahbari Jawon Howe which, sadly, is an impressive streak and the longest since I started keeping record. 

Perhaps this would be the first opporunity to install a ghost rack instead of a ghost bike. 

Walk the Unbuilt Northern MBT Tomorrow

WABA is hosting a walk along the route. If you don't go, you lose the right to bellyache about the trail for 6 months (unless you get a note from your Mom). 

In July, we shared the news that DDOT is moving forward with design of this phase. And while we can show you plenty of diagams and pictures, it can't beat seeing the real thing.

This Saturday, September 20th, join us for a walk along this unbuilt northern phase of the trail. Starting at the Fort Totten Metro station, we will walk the planned route towards Takoma. Along the way, you'll get a first person perspective on the future trail alignment and hear about some of the history of this exciting community project.

Event Information
September 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Fort Totten Metro Station
300 Galloway St NE, Washington, DC 20011

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Apex Building purchase off the table, CCT tunnel for cyclists done

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DC area up (NoVa way up) in bike commuting - 2013 ACS Results

The Census' 2013 American Community Survery data is out, and the DC area continues to show gains in bike commuting. In DC, bike commuting when up from 4.1% of all commuters last year to 4.5%, meaning that for the first time, more people bike commute to work than work from home.  Driving is down to 37.6% from 39.7%, walking is up to 13.6% from 11.9%, and transit dropped a little from 38.6% to 38.5%. More people are taking motorcycles or cabs too. 

As a result, DC now has a higher rate of bike commuting than Minneapolis, Seattle and San Francisco. Not that it's a competition. (But if it were, we'd be winning). DC is now the #2 bike commuting major city in the US (behind Portland).

Also, DC has shown the fastest growth in bike commuting.  


Arlington is up to 1.7% from 1.2%  and Alexandria is also at 1.7% up from 1.3%. Which is more than a 30% increase for both. 

Silver Spring is up to 0.8% from 0.6% last year. 

2013 ACS

The new Route 50 bike path

Ken writes in (several weeks ago)

A new bike path on the *south* side of Route 50 (Arlington Blvd) from Pershing Drive entrance to Fort Myer down to Rosslyn is now (apparently) open! The “Road Closed” sign has been removed, as has the porta-potty.

The north side path opened several weeks ago, but it’s less than ideal. There are several dangerous crossings (Fairfax Drive, 10th Street, Courthouse Road); moreover, it dumps you onto the north access road for Route 50, which is in horrible condition. However, the south side path is fantastic. It’s been (unofficially?) open since [August 26th]. To enter the path, travel on the Pershing bike lane toward Fort Myer and cross Route 50 at the light * and you can proceed downhill – with no traffic crossing the path! – all the way to the south access road for Route 50. There’s a stop sign at Queen street (AKA Rhodes Street), but that’s the only stop between Pershing and Rosslyn. This is a wonderful time-saver for Arlington commuters, and it feels very safe!

On the (rough) graphic below, the red line is the north-side path, and the black line is the south-side path.

* Technically, Pershing crosses Route 50 in two places – the east crossing is at Fort Myer and it crosses again at Arlington Forrest about 4 miles to the west. Weird, huh?



Rendering of possible future Long Bridge

It's hard to tell from this distance, but there are happy cyclists on it.


Greater Lyttonsville Visioning Workshop– Monday, September 29th

Lyttonsville is the eastern end of the Georgetown Branch Trail, where the future Capital Crescent Trail extension will go. But the plan goes farther than that as seen on the bikeway map below. Rocke Creek Park Trail and Ireland Drive Trail are in the area as well as the Eas-West Highway Side Path and several bike routes.


The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting anyone who lives, works or has an interest in the Greater Lyttonsville community to participate in a community visioning workshop on Monday, Sept. 29 starting at 5 p.m. at the Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD ). The event will provide attendees an opportunity to share their vision on how the Greater Lyttonsville area can be improved over the next twenty years. RSVP's are encouraged but not required.

Building on the success of the last community meeting held in July, and a series of outreach events that reached out to the business community and families, the Greater Lyttonsville team has scheduled this second workshop to further encourage the community to help define the vision for the sector plan area.

The workshop, which will be held from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m., will have an open house format, with the presentation being given at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 pm. At each one, Staff will present the planning process, recent feedback that has been provided regarding constraints and opportunities, as well as next steps. The workshop will also include an interactive exercise to explore community character as it relates to open spaces, streetscapes, environmental elements, land uses, buildings, and community facilities.

The Planning Board will receive a briefing at their regular meeting on Oct. 16 that will summarize the outcomes of theSept. 29 workshop. All are invited to attend. The summary will also be available on the Planning Board website online one week before the Planning Board briefing.

Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
5 - 8:30 p.m. 

Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910)

All community members and children are invited. Snacks will be provided


To get up to speed on the progress so far on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan, view these videos below:

-The GreaterLP recap video from the July 15 community workshop

- Check out this video segment with planners Erin Banks and Melissa Williams and learn how to get involved with the future of shaping the #greaterLP area.

-Watch the GreaterLP Needs You short promotional video

Learn about the progress of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and how to get involved with shaping the future of this community.

DDOT now responsible for Metropolitan Branch Trail lighting near Metro

Since the Met Branch Trail's Eckington section opened, there has been some well-documented problem with lights. One problem has stemmed from jurisdiction issues between DDOT and WMATA, but DDOT recently reported at the latest BAC meeting that that problem has been solved, as WMATA has transfered the statiom area trail structure to DDOT which will allow them to maintain those lights themselves. They're trying to get those lights added to the current maintenance contract. 

Wakefield High School bike rack check II

Following up on my post from last May

Back in 2011, the editors of the Sun Gazette wrote about the bike parking for 300 that was to be installed at Wakefield High School

"We’re dubious that even a fraction of those spaces will find themselves filled on any given day, once the new school is constructed.  Cut out (or print out) this item and save it for 2013 or 2014, when the new school will be up and running. We’ll see how this prediction turns out."

Anyway, I asked for photos and it looks like, so far, I'm wrong and the Sun Gazette is right. Admittedly, these photos are not from Bike to School day. 

Thanks to Henry for the photos.

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I blame the parents. 

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