The highlight of the May BAC meeting wsa the attendance of DDOT Director Terry Bellamy, which I believe is a first for the Committee.
The meeting started with a presentation by the Green Lane Project, an initiative of Bikes Belong. They're focused on adding protected bike facilities (Cycletracks, separated bike lanes etc... which they're putting under the umbrella of "Green Lanes" even though they recognize that not all of them are painted green). There are about 50 such projects in ~20 different cities.
During the discussion, Bellamy said that directors of transportation nationwide are talking about cycling more and more. That DDOT is trying to tie the investment on trails to on-street facilities like protected bike lanes. The reduction in federal funding for bicycling and transit is a step in the wrong direction, as he sees it.
There was also a discussion of what kinds of vehicles green bike lanes were meant for, and project representatives said it was mainly for bicycles, but that over time that may need to be expanded.
Safety Committee - The safety committee focused on crash reporting. Changes to the crash form could help with reporting, but this requires federal clearance.
The MPD representative said that police do ride the cycle tracks and enforce violations. They're trying to use more social media to show enforcement against all users. They're also trying to inves more resources in traffic enforcement, which is funded by DDOT. In April they wrote 723 citations to cyclists. Ward 7 has been doing enforcement at least once a week.
Facilities Committee - The committee when for a ride on Rhode Island Ave and identified sevearl problems. For one, in the summertime, trees hang below street lights and block out the light at night. There's also poor lighting under the CSX bridge. There is a peristent problem with right turning slip lanes that are unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians. Newton Street, the last residential street before entering Maryland, has an unsafe pedestrian crossing near the assisted living center. MPD was well aware of the crossing and how difficult it is. It was recognized by the BAC that Rhode Island is an efficient a direct route for cyclists and so it should be a high priority for improvements including better destination signage.
Legislative Committee - DDOT's bicycle team met with the Department of General Services to discuss the Bicycle Commuter Act and getting the city in compliance with it. The Act requires that facitilies have adequate parking and a 2010 report showed that 94% did not. They laid out a strategy for compliance wherein they would start with schools and move on to other facilities. This will be a effort using DGS money, but DDOT will help since they have experience with bike rack installation