- DCBAC has a break down of DC candidate positions on transportation and biking.
- One reader reports "DDOT finished the [bike] lanes that were started in the 800 block of Upshur. They go all the way to Rock Creek Church Road! "
- Lydia DePillis attended the ANC 6B meeting where the new 11th Street Recreation Bridge proposal was discussed. It will require a private partner, which means some commercial elements. It will be less High Line and more Ponte Vecchio (which is, coincidentally, how I describe myself on my resume). As I suggested in the comments earlier in the week, they're considering removing the existing roadbed and building a new structure on the pylons. Also "The planned streetcar route goes right by it on the west side of the river, and could have a stop right there. And The District actually has to move pretty quickly here. Contractor Skanska needs to know by May whether or not it'll be constructing the bulb-out viewpoints that are part of the current plan." No mention as to why it is the downstream bridge and not the upstream one - or both. Or the Douglass Bridge (Answer below)
- Froggie and David Alpert discuss ways to improve the 14th Street Bridge for cyclists and pedestrians in light of the new EIS.
- The guy who had an internet hit showing himself crashing into things in NYC bike lanes redid his experiment where he tried to steal his own bike. Spoiler alert: We all kind of suck, but the police will eventually show up to ask you what you're doing.
- Idaho working on 3 foot passing law; one lawmaker proposes making riding two abreast illegal.
- The Senate transportation bill is expected pass today. "Bicycle, pedestrian, safe routes to schools and rails-to-trails programs — which were targeted by Republicans — were preserved by a compromise that moves them into a larger congestion-mitigation program where they would have to compete with other programs for money."
- From the beating a dead horse file - "Since 1947, the amount of money spent on highways, roads and streets has exceeded the amount raised through gasoline taxes and other so-called "user fees" by $600 billion (2005 dollars), representing a massive transfer of general government funds to highways." And "since cyclists require so little lane space and parking room, and impose so little wear on roads, they actually deserve a rebate of around $250 a year on our taxes, if they don't also drive"
- Tyler Hamilton's Olympic gold medal is at risk. On the upside for American fans, Bobby Julich would get the Silver.
Answer: The Douglass Bridge is downstream of the Navy Yard. This means the draw bridge element of it still has to work to allow ship traffic to reach the Navy Yard. And keeping that working will severely limit what you can do on the bridge (no sandboxes) and make it all cost prohibitive. I suppose they could remove the center and create two piers, but that's not quite the same.