Residential/Commercial Bike Parking Requirements: The BAC agreed to support a bill to amend the 2007 Bicycle Commuter and Parking Expansion Act. That act increased the minimum parking requirements for bikes from 5% of car parking to 10% and also added a residential parking requirement. The new bill, to be introduced possibly in the fall, will give bicycle parking enforcement power to the Mayor. In the 2007 law it was unclear who had the power to enforce it. This means it hasn't been enforced. DCRA is able to enforce zoning requirements for auto parking, but not bicycles. The 2007 bill was not a zoning bill that only applied to new construction, it was retroactive on all existing buildings. The ability to enforce the commercial building element of the 2007 law (section 5) will go into effect 6 months after the law passes - to give owners time to come into compliance. The residential requirement and hardship process will take longer before enforcement begins because rules need to be written.
Legislation - A third year law school student interning with CM Cheh says she's interested in introducing some bicycle legislation. At the top of his list was a change in the negligence law from contributory to comparitive, complete street legislation, a bicycle access to buildings law and a vulnerable user law. All but the last are already being pursued by the BAC's legislative committee, so it's good to know that CM Cheh would be open to those. He also suggested an update to DC five year old Bicycle Master Plan (which was a five year plan). Idaho stop, I'm afraid to say, is considered a non-starter. The BAC also suggested a full cell phone ban, and a courier access law.
DDOT update - Bikesharing is on track to launch around September 20th with 40-50 stations. The other stations will be rolling out over afterwards. They want to have a large kickoff event with cyclists riding the ~400 bikes from the warehouse to each station, leaving bikes at the station as they go.
MBT - DOT signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Gospel Ministries to maintain the trail in DC, they would use trikes to move all the equipment they need up and down the trail.
South Capital Street Trail - The concept plan still in work
Bike lanes/cycle tracks - The 15th Street NW cycletrack is scheduled to open later this month, but it could take longer because of necessary signal changes to 13 of 15 intersections. They're also working on how to deal with turn lanes and allowing access to parking garages where drivers would need to cross the cycletrack mid-block. The cycletrack will run from Penn to the existing one at Mass and will be extended north to New Hampshire. Eventually it will go to Euclid. There will be bike-only signals for cyclists going to/from the section of Pennsylvania that runs in front of the White House and also one at 15th and W. There will probably be plastic bollards along the side, but they're looking at how to make them more permanent. The existing 15th Street cycletrack is carrying as much traffic as any other lane on 15th.
New Hampshire contraflow lane - Someone asked why, since the sensors weren't 100% effective, there was no push button installed? The reasons are that because the intersection will be rebuilt soon, they didn't want to spend too much money on this and because it's a FHWA experiment they need to work with their DOT partners.
bike lanes - They've installed 2.75 miles so far this year.
Facilities committee - they reveiwed L and M as future cycletrack streeets. M looks good, but the intersection with Connecticutt Ave will be difficult. L & M will be uni-directional because the signal changes needed for bidirectional would be too difficult.
Traffic study - According to a Downtown BID study, in 2004 32% of people who went downtown got there by drivng alone and 1% biked. In 2010 that had changed to 14% driving alone and 2% biking. Only 20% of people arrive by car, making the car third behind Metro Rail and Metro bus.