I want to start with a clean slate when I get back. Here's everything that's been sitting in my to do box.
1. Most people know about Bike to Work day, and even Walk (and Bike) to School Day, but some congregations have Bike to Church day. Unfortunately it's not national, each church does it's own thing - but LAB could get on this next.
His home church, First Presbyterian of Boulder, now hosts an annual "Bike to Church Day," model after the better-known "Walk and Bike to Work Day." More than 200 parishioners forsake cars in favor of bicycles and a free church breakfast.
There are even some church based cycling groups, like Outspokin' for Jesus.
So why stop there? Why not Bike to the Zoo day, Bike to the Game day (Run not by a team but an entire league like MLB or the NFL, with discounted tickets if you show up by bike - or free team socks or water bottles), Bike to the Grocery day (with free hotdogs in the parking lot) etc...You get the picture.
2. July 2007 Bicycle Advisory Council meeting minutes. There was an update on the Optional Bicycle Registration Law and the Residential Parking Law - the second of which has since passed in committee, a presentation on the Safe Routes to School Network Project, an update on the Smartbikes program (behind scheudle due to the lack of a project manager) and another on the Bicycle Friendly Community reauthorization process (DC has to reapply this year).
DDOT put out a request for a Smartbikes manager on August 13th.
Clear Channel Adshel, the firm that is managing our bus shelter and proposed bike sharing program, is hiring a project manager to assist with the development of the SmartBike program. The position is for 6 months, with a possible extension. The project manager will help with assessing rack locations, coordinating installation of the racks and bikes, marketing, membership, etc. Qualifications include experience with bicycling, downtown DC, permitting, utilities, marketing, coordinating among stakeholders, managing projects, and meeting deadlines
Those who are interested should contact Jim Sebastian at DDOT (Jim.Sebastian.at.dc.gov)
The Legislative Committee decided to drop the Department of Health from the list of BAC agency members, leaving only DDOT, MPD, the Office of Planning and the Department of Parks and Recreation.
The Facilities Committee reported on bike route designation in the Ballpark area and it was reported that if the Rec Trails doesn't find a way to spend $500K it has alloted to it, it will lose this money. The ART, MBT, bike station and Oxon Run Trail were all listed as possible things to spend it on.
WABA announced plans to bring back BikeDC in May of 2008.
3. Louisville follows the lead of Tulsa - "The program, called Freewheelin', is only for Humana employees, but that could change. Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson would like to see it expanded so city residents one day could check out a bike from a number of locations -- for example, to go wheeling around the parks. "
4. U-MD is trying to become a more bike friendly university - "Allen said, the group will likely promote a bike registration program, and explore buying bikes in bulk, and selling them cheaply to students and making rental bikes available.
“The most important part is really the physical side,” Allen said. “We are probably going to hire a consultant to give us recommendations on different things we can do to make bikes more safe on our campus, just a more comfortable place for bikes to traverse our roads.”
Currently, Allen said, there are no bike trails on campus, and the grounds are “not really designed for biking.”"
5. A call for courtesy on the trail - "As he rode the trail between Bethesda Avenue and Arlington Road, adult and teenage bikers would whiz by him at high speeds, failing to use general biking etiquette — warning riders ahead with a shout or a bell that they were passing us on the left."
I was on the CCT over Labor Day weekend and it was beautiful out so it was crowded. As I passed one rider I called out "On your left" and she mumbled "I'm as far over as I can get." So I stopped to explain to her what "On your left" means - it is a warning not a scolding - and that riders do it as a courtesy. She huffed back, "Well, it's hard to enjoy the outdoors with everyone yelling 'on your left, on your left' all the time." At that, I continued my ride.
6. A proposal for a Swiss-like theft fighting fee - "There, every bicycle must be licensed and the licensing sticker displayed on the bicycle. The fee was about $15, affordable for anyone who could afford a bicycle. The fee paid for the entire cost of the program and insured every bicycle against theft.
Anyone riding or even possessing an unlicensed bicycle was subject to significant penalties. My wife and I had to license our bicycles as soon as we brought them into Switzerland. All we need here is the political will to enact a similar program and to enforce it."