- Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety and Education
- Landscaping and Scenic Beautification along Transportation Corridors (including streetscape improvements)
- Preservation of Abandoned Railway Corridors and Conversion to Trails (traditional rails-to-trails and rails-with-trails projects)
- Acquisition of Scenic or Historic Easements and Sites
There's more at the Virginia Bicycling Federation blog.
The Board indicated that they want to fund fewer projects, but make sure that they support these core transportation functions, and insure funded projects are completed.
Since 1993, approximately $270 M has been spent on a total of 817 projects.
Virginia is working on a statewide Bicycle Plan. A final draft is expected in mid-February.
Another recommendation is creating a new bicycle route from 39th Street to Idaho Avenue and Porter Street. Additionally, the report recommends adding new bike racks along the Wisconsin Avenue commercial corridor and other key locations in Glover Park.
Richard Layman has a link to Montgomery County biking maps.
Montgomery County Maryland has three very nice bicycling-sustainable transportation maps for White Oak, Silver Spring, and the Medical Center (National Institutes of Health and the Bethesda National Naval Hospital). These maps are models for promoting bicycling and optimal mobility in key destinations.
17th St, NW will soon get a bike lane between Massachusetts and New Hampshire Avenues.
The reconfigured 17th Street will maintain two traffic lanes and parking on both sides of the street, with a new five-foot wide bike lane on the west side of the street. One resident observed that it would be safer to place the lane on the east side of the street, so cyclists are not in the door zone on the driver's side of parked cars. DDOT staff at the meeting stated that "striping is the last thing we do" and that the location of the bike lane could be subject to change, but did not make any promises.
The other bike-related news for 17th Street is that individual parking meters will be removed, to be replaced by multispace meters. To make up for lost bike parking, new U-racks are included in the plan, but DDOT staff last night were unable to say whether this change will result in a net gain or net loss of bike parking on the street.
Those of us who don't pay gas taxes (i.e. users fees) still pay quite a bit for roads. So reports Subsidyscope.
in 2007, 51 percent of the nation's $193 billion set aside for highway construction and maintenance was generated through user fees—down from 10 years earlier when user fees made up 61 percent of total spending on roads. The rest came from other sources, including revenue generated by income, sales and property taxes, as well as bond issues.
Richard Layman writes about methods to slow down drivers that are more effective than speed limits.