Happy Groundhog Day
- New stairs at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station include a bike channel or a runnel (new term for me). This staircase is external to Metro, but I think cyclists are banned from using stairs in Metro. "The staircase reopens a pedestrian connection from the station to the south side of Rhode Island Avenue, and makes it easier for customers to bring a bicycle as well."
- CaBi's website has a new look. The station map now has a yellow icon for new stations.
- 14th Street could get better defined bike lanes and more CaBi.
- Phoenix bikes is hiring a new Executive Director.
- Not to get too excited, but US DOT announced a $500M fourth round of TIGER funding. In the past three rounds, the DC area has sought money for bike projects and each time been rejected. Perhaps we should zag when they zig and not ask for any money so that then they'll give it to us? No word on whether or not MWCOG will be submitting a proposal and if so what for.
- The Streetcar Land Use Study (page 38) includes some consideration of bicyclists and the conflict between them and the streetcars as well as the tracks. "Several options are available to mitigate potential conflict. One-way streets can accommodate bicycle lanes on one side of the street and streetcar tracks on the other. Alternately, bike routes can be designated on streets parallel to streetcar routes. In addition, several cities have developed coordinated lane markings for bikes and streetcars that could serve as models for the District."
- Critical vote today could preserve the main source federal funding for biking and walking (though the idea that it will "save biking and walking" is perhaps a bit overstated. Win or lose, people will still bike and walk).