Don't forget the SOTU tonight. It may mess up your evening commute - and your TV watching plans.
- VRE wants to change their policy about bikes on trains. Currently, they allow full-sized bikes on the last three northbound, the mid-day, and the last three southbound trains on each line. They want to stop that, and only allow folding bikes. Six public meetings will be held to discuss this policy change and others, starting Feb 1 - including one on Feb. 16 at 12 p.m. at the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW.
- This bridge on Leigh Mill Road over Difficult Run in Great Falls has been widened by 2 feet "to more safely accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists."
- Fairfax County has a map showing the location of each of the 86 recorded bike crashes, including 3 deaths. FABB, and I, count four deaths. But maybe they aren't counting Abdel Chadli since he was kind of like a pedestrian at the time - on the sidewalk, standing with his bike.
- WABA is having a Lincoln's Birthday bike ride. "Starting at the Lincoln Memorial, this urban ride will pass by Fort Lincoln, Lincoln Park, and even Lincoln's Cottage, where he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. Since this ride will pass through several major streets, this is not for beginning bicyclists and those without much experience in urban biking. Points for anyone sporting a Lincoln beard or top hat." As always - no doping.
- WABA isn't all about fun and games though. On the advocacy front, they're working to ensure the viability of the South Capitol Street Trail "WABA attended the public comment session at St. Matthew's church in Ward 8. And ...we did have the opportunity to meet with key GSA staff to fully express our concerns. They had received your calls and emails, and expressed willingness to work with WABA and the cycling community to discuss and examine the potential trail impacts. Since that meeting, the public comment deadline has been extended to March 4 at Councilmember Barry's request. But WABA will be meeting with the GSA NEPA Lead in mid-February to discuss the impacts on the South Capitol Street Trail."
- Rails to Trails put together lists of all projects ever funded with Transportation Enhancement money by congressional district. Looking at the lists, it's pretty hard to imagine the DC area's bicycle network without these projects. Here they are for DC, Maryland 4, Maryland 5, Virginia 8, Virginia 10 and Virginia 11.
- Takoma Park will be hosting 10 pieces of artwork made from old bicycle parts. reCYCLE is a public art exhibit designed to highlight the art, bicycling and recycling cultures of Old Takoma ( Takoma, DC through Takoma Park, MD) by installing interactive and kinetic sculptures, created by area artists using recycled bicycles and spare parts, on the sidewalks of Old Takoma. Approximately 10 sculptures will be commissioned, created and strategically installed in Old Takoma to create a self-guided walking exhibit through the city center.