1. The facilities committee is considering a response to the Georgetown Transportation Study. It calls for two mandatory left turn lanes from 27th Street at K St/Water Street/Whitehurst Freeway. This would result in the same fast traffic lane that feeds onto Whitehurst Freeway also feeding onto K St/Water Street under the Whitehurst. As proposed, cyclists would have to share the fastest lane of traffic with those trying to merge onto the freeway.
2. The legislative committee is considering four possible initiatives. 1) Changing DC tort law from contributory negligence to comparative negligence 2) DC Cyclist Safe Stopping Act of 2009 (aka the Idaho Stop) 3) Complete streets legislation for the DC Council and 4) Establishment of a Pedestrian Advisory Council. The tort law change appears to have strong District Council support. Most of the discussion was on the Safe Stopping Act which had some strong opponents but the legislative committee wants to move forward on it.
3. The BAC considered whether or not to pursue a LAB Bike Friendly cities Silver ranking this year.
4. DDOT updates
b. DDOT is looking at SmartBike expansion and how to fund it. One idea is to get private businesses to sponsor a station near them. They've identified 10 possible locations.
c. WABA plans for an updated DC Bike map to be published for the Bike Summit in March. They are looking for additions and suggestions for new features/items.