When I read this article last night, I read it online where the title is "Transportation chief says bikes, buses are way to go in D.C." which I thought was great and not particularly inflammatory. But the paper version has the title "An anti-car transportation czar?" with the thing about being pro bikes, buses (and trains and walking) below that. Anyway, the Get There blog followed it up with the question "Is DC anti-car?" Commenters on both the article and the blog seem to think so, but then there's a heavy dose of crazy there.
Dr. G adds some sanity to it by stating
I've never met a transportation chief who was anti-car, and I've met Gabe Klein. Wanting city residents to have more choices for getting around, wanting to reduce the number of solo drivers and wanting to make the streets safer isn't anti-car. If the District's approach to the snow cleanup was anti-car than so was that of the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Maryland State Highway Administration, because they were all basically the same.
He then talks about some meeting that bloggers were invited to on Wednesday to talk about the Action Agenda and poke around on the website. And so do DCist and DCMud. [Dr. Gridlock and DCist I can understand, but DCMud got invited and I didn't? They write a real estate blog... It looks like some Stuart Smalley time for me tonight.] DCMud adds this
By 2012 DDOT aims to more than double the bicycle road share
Double from when? From 2010? [What terrible reporting. They should've invited someone else.]
DCist writes mostly about the website(s) adding the link to the Beta testing DTAP, which is now reachable from the Projects and Planning section. DTAP is freaking sweet! No more getting misreported status information from this blog, you can now go right in and see all the work that a project includes, what's finished, what isn't, what's behind schedule etc... Here's the link for the Met Branch Trail for example - where you can see that there are a few items overdue, but mostly it's on track for a May 1 completion. What will I pester Jim Sebastian about in BAC meetings now? [Don't worry there is still the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, Marvin Gaye Trail and other items not in DTAP yet.] They also had a link to the 2009 Annual Report.
I'll go into the Report and Agenda more in my next post, but if you read them you'll realize that DDOT is not anti-car unless you define anti-car as anything that doesn't commit 99% of funding, planning, time and energy to cars. This is the point Dr. Gridlock makes as well.