DDOT update - The biggest piece of news is that DDOT is really pushing forward with cycletracks this year. First of all they have a new Capitol City Fellow (like the federal Presidential Management Fellows, but for DC) who used to work with Transportation for America and Denver's bike program, and he'll be working on cycletracks primarily. Second, they're having a meeting on
Thursday, March 18th
at the Heritage Center of the United States Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
[with bike parking, naturally], to review the latest plans for bike lanes and cycletracks on Pennsylvania Avenue, Eye Street, L Street, 15th Street and 9th Street - all in NW as seen on the map. Someone wondered if lanes on Eye and L made more sense than M, which could go all the way across town. I think the Eye and L lanes are a response to the high demand for cycletracks on K and an attempt to give facilities to compensate for those, but given a choice, cyclists might rather have them on M Street. 15th continues the existing cycletracks.
There is no change to the current state of SmartBike. DC is still waiting on Arlington to sign a deal, and they're now hoping to expand by the end of the year.
DDOT hopes to finish the New York Avenue to Franklin St, NE section of the Met Branch Trail by April 30th, but might need to delay that to the end of May depending on weather related delays. The design of the Rhode Island Avenue Bridge is 90% done, and they're meeting with Metro every two weeks to resolve issues with it and the Met Branch Trail in general. They plan to start design of the trail from Michigan Avenue to 1st St, NE soon, and are meeting with Park Service to discuss MOU with regards to the Fort Totten area.
DDOT is 90% done with concept plan for the Oxon Run and South Capitol Street trails. Of the two, they'll probably rebuild the Oxon Run Trail first.
Design of the Kenilworth section of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is about 60% done, and they may end up with a better alignment, closer to river, than was originally planned. The west side RR bridge work is underway, and the other bridge is stalled while they deal with some issues (which I heard elsewhere was related to property ownership questions).
Legislative Committee - The rules and regulation enforcement of the Parking Enforcement Act was punted back to the Mayor by DCRA, so it will take some pushing to get this enforced.
Committee members met with Gabe Klein to ask about the rescission. Klein stated that DDOT spends money on cycling facilities that comes out of roadway funding (like the 11th Street bridges) that they don't tag as "bicycle" and that it all balances out. Since DDOT recently committed to dedicating 5% of spending to bicycling facilities, it seemed less of a pressing issue. Klein expressed interest in coming to a BAC meeting.
The BAC is getting ready to push for complete streets legislation and CM Tommy Wells is on board.
So much so that he's sponsoring a meeting on Tuesday about applying complete streets (including cycletracks) to M Street,
Please join us to discuss the possibilities for M Street.MPD First District Station, 101 M Street, SW. Councilmember Wells, in conjunction with the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly and ANC 6D, is hosting a neighborhood meeting to discuss how Southwest and near Southeast neighborhoods can make safety improvements to M Street through what's known as a 'complete street.'
Tuesday, March 9th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Finally, the BAC oversight and budget hearings, postponed from last week, has been rescheduled for 10am, April 26th.