I can't tell if it's AAA for bikes (I guess that would be ABA), a bike shop that does house calls or a little of both.
Jason Kroll, 36, and Patrick Sabatino, 27, both
longtime mountain, BMX and road bike enthusiasts, launched a mobile
bike repair business two months ago out of Kroll's home on South Wisner
Street in downtown Frederick.
5.) Fairfax County Parkway Multi-use Trail - (1.4 mi, Fairfax County, VA)
6.) Grist Mill Park Multi-use Trail - (0.4 mi, Fairfax County, VA)
7.) Mt. Vernon Highway Multi-Use Trail - (1.7 mi, Fairfax County, VA)
And the greenway calls for volunteers in our area
The East Coast Greenway needs your support! In the Mid Atlantic, the
East Coast Greenway has taken the lead in coordinating numerous
advocacy efforts, but we can’t do it alone. We need local involvement
and support to make our vision a reality. Our strength is in our
numbers, and the ECG needs a stronger membership base so our voice will
be heard. Please contact me if you would like to become involved with the ECG as a volunteer or to become a member. You can also become a member online: http://www.greenway.org/joining.htm
Yes, News Channel 8 gives us the low down on a new way (if by new you mean since the late 19th century) of getting to work.
Bikers stacked up three deep in the rain as 62-year-old Parker went
from her home in Mount Pleasant to her downtown office. Parker said the
weather in the district shouldn't be an obstacle to biking to work.
"There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes," she joked.
It looks like Parker isn't the only one who loves her bike. The
Washington-area Bicyclist Association said while it has no hard numbers
on a bike boom in the area, the anecdotal evidence can't be ignored.
Cycling shops said once gas prices starting soaring this year, so did
people's interest in bikes.
Bike shop managers said that new bike sales are up big this year.
Revolution Cycles reported a spike in customers either doing complete
overhauls or basic tune ups.
Which reminds me of something someone at work said today. Someone on CNN dismissed wind power as 15th century technology. And the guy said,
Anyone who would belittle a 15th Century technology that's still in use today doesn't understand technology.
calendars for WABA's annual Gala and Benefit Auction scheduled for
Saturday, March 21, 2009 held once again at the beautiful German
dazzling event will include a silent and live auction, drinks, and
dancing. It's the perfect chance to pick up some great, exclusive
items, trips, and once in a lifetime experiences! Please contact
Chantal email@example.com for more information.
JDLand points out that the Performance Parking Act, which is at the center of the meeting last week that WABA asked people to attend, already sets aside money for non-automobile transportation improvement.
20% of the revenue goes to DDOT's Operating Fund
No more than 60% goes to pay for buying and maintaining the meters. Once they're paid off, only 5% will go toward maintenance.
The rest (so ~20% in the beginning and 75% later) will be used solely for the purpose of non-automobile transportation improvements in that pilot zone.
One of the three things suggested by the law is:
Improvements to biking infrastructure such as painted and separated bike lanes, installation of public bike racks, and way-finding signage for bicyclists.
That's something to be thankful for. But it still means cyclists need to show up and ask for these things. Photo of a parking meter with bike loop by MoBikeFed
I went to the TIP meeting. I'm not sure how useful it was. The presenters definitely seemed to be going through the motions. Like they were legally required to do this, so they were doing it. I had to ask about six questions to even determine what the point was.
Basically the TIP is a list of everything the Washington Metropolitan region is thinking about doing for the next six years. This was a DC meeting so the list was only of DC programs. The list they gave me isn't available online, this is because - they said - it changes too often. We're all familiar with how the internet is incapable of handling a dynamic system.
Anyway the point of the meeting was to allow us to express opinions about things we thought were left off, included that shouldn't be, or planned too soon or too late. I made a few comments (mostly things they need to add), but here, from the copy I was given, is a list of transportation items that could impact cyclists. They're listed by the year in which they begin funding.
Presently Funded (includes areas outside of DC)
Great Streets (Benning Road, Georgia Ave, H St, MLK Ave, Minnesota Ave, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Pennsylvania Ave SE) - redesign and rebuild of streets includes bike lanes
Klingle Road Reconstruction - Not sure if this is old, or now it applies to the trail
Middle Anacostia River Crossing Study - includes bike improvements
Garfield Park-Canal Park Connector
14th Street Bridge Rehab - There's no detail on this, so it may not improve the bike facility at all
BRAC intersections near Naval Medical Branch - Bicycle facilities where appropriate
MD-97, Georgia Ave - wide curb lanes to accommodate bicycles
Silver Spring Green Trail
Starting in 2009 - Note: most items stretch over many years, I'm only including their first mention
Anacostia Riverwalk Trail
Kenilworth Avenue bike improvements
Water Coach - if bikes are allowed
Metropolitan Branch Trail
Oxen Run Trail restoration
Rock Creek Park Trail restoration - widen trail, new trail along P Street
Upper Rock Creek Trail study - study extending trail from Broad Branch Rd to Maryland
11th Street Bridge Reconstruction
South Capitol Street Corridor - includes a 12' path along MLK and bicycle improvements
Study feasibility of trail through Congressional Cemetery to ART
Safe Routes to School
Bicycling and Walking Encouragement Campaign
Starting in 2011
Theodore Roosevelt Bridge Rehabilitation - includes bike lanes
Two big things I learned that have nothing/little to do with biking
1. WMATA built 600 feet of a pedestrian tunnel from near the kiosk at the 1st street Union Station Metrorail Station entrance toward H Street. The tunnel was never completed. DDOT has $2 million set aside to complete the tunnel but needs to work out indemnification agreements with Amtrak first. This is scheduled for 2012.
2. The railroad bridge over Kenilworth Avenue to the PEPCO plant is scheduled for demolition in 2012. It's listed here as abandoned - though I've seen CSX railroad cars parked on it before. I wonder if it can be recycled as a bike/ped bridge somewhere a. la the old Sauvie Island Bridge? And if so, where?
There's been a lengthy discussion of this in the comments, so let me make one last point about this. The last time Metro banned bikes all day was when the Pope visited. That was a busy day for Metro, so good policy, right? Except that since then, as of July 14th, we've had 8 busier days (and previously there were two busier days).
Does anyone remember the metro system being overwhelmed during off-peak hours due to bikes on any of those days? I don't. Can Metro point to any problems that came from allowing bikes on during off-peak hours on those days? I can't. So what was so special about the Pope visit? It wasn't even the busiest day ever at the time.
Now, I know, the Inauguration should crush this record and might top 1,000,000 and I'm all for a reasonable busy-day bike exclusion policy. But, considering that Metro was needlessly cautious back in April, you'll have to excuse me for not being willing to take their word for it when they say they have to exclude bikes system-wide all day long.
If they close a line or a station, they make a case as to why that piece of the system needs to be closed and for that long. If they can make a halfway compelling case as for why Metro needs to be closed to bikes system-wide from 4am to 2am then I'll shut up about it.
Mike Holmgren is out there telling people they can't be bike commuters.
[Zorn] used to ride his bicycle to the games. And when he left, I said,
'You know, I don't think you can do that in Washington. I mean, the
head coach, you've got to kind of drive the car and do the normal
Officers found the body of Jesus Villanueva, age 31, of Hillside Drive in Falls Church in the road; he appeared to have been struck by a vehicle, but no description of the vehicle is available.
Villaneuva appears to have been traveling eastbound in the right lane and was struck from behind by a vehicle.
They still know nothing specific about the striking vehicle, but say it may have minor damage to the right front portion.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at
1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, text
"TIP187" plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County
Police at 703-691-2131.
Helmet tip. Oddly I was going to write about how I was hit on the way home from work on this day last year and the woman was very nice, gave me a ride home and paid for my wheel repair. How that was something to be thankful for.