Photo by M.V. Jantzen
- A portion of the Met Branch Trail Mount Vernon Trail near the power plant is closed "GenOn's Potomac River Generating Station is doing maintenance to its underground pipe system and discharge points along the Potomac River. To do the work safely, we must close the portion of the Mount Vernon Trail that runs along the river adjacent to the station. The trail is being used to transport equipment and materials as we build a temporary dam to allow access to the pipes. The work will continue through the remainder of this week, but will conclude no later than March 1. All users of the trail are directed to use the alternative path that runs on the western side of the path along the George Washington Parkway." The alternative path, Ed K. tells me, is an inadequate sidewalk or a one way street.
- The "don't follow too closely" bill failed in committee. Local Delegates Cox and Comstock voted to kill it.
- Tim Johnson's Ride on Washington, March 20th.
- Toole Design, the engineering firm that does so much bike planning in DC, is having an open house at their new offices on Thursday, March 8th from 4pm-7pm. At 8484 Georgia Avenue, Suite 800, Silver Spring, MD.
- In December, the Maryland BPAC voted to send a letter to "MDOT Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley requesting that MDOT conduct a comparative analysis of two different alignments favored by Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties respectively for extending the W&BA Trail across the Patuxent River, as well as possible compromise options."
- They also discussed PEPCO resistance to trails along power line right-of-ways.
- And it was announced that SHA finalized their guidelines for use of the R4-11/Bicycles May Use Full Lane signs and has begun compiling a list of roadways for consideration for sign installation. Their initial list consists of arterials leading out of the District of Columbia and Taneytown in Carroll County. SHA is open to receiving other recommendations and anticipates installing the first signs next spring.
- Tech companies are in a race to outdo each other for bicycle friendliness to attract good employees. "I don't know, I'm actually sizing this up now and seeing I guess we're going to need a couple more racks. I don't know, I guess we can probably put some more around the corner if we needed to."
- FABB is working on getting the Fairfax County Parkway rebuilt.
- Virtual push-button activated crosswalk lights may make busy trail crossings safer. See this story on one in Blacksburg.
- Speed limit or "Ultimate speed barrier" may be restored. It's not just a good idea, it's the law.