I think DDOT is setting up staging for the new Parkside Pedestrian Bridge. At least, that's what it looks like.
- The New Jersey Ave NW Safety improvements presentation is online. The new avenue, under the recommended multi-modal alternative, would include an "innovative" bike lane on the right hand side - to the right of the right turn lane - which cyclists would navigate like a pedestrian. At the New York Avenue intersection there are protected buffers for the bike lane. I've never seen that before, but it does concern me. They call it a "unique Dutch treatment."
- A call for 'strict liability'. "Without laws protecting bikers and walkers, however, the goal of having truly livable cities in America remains out of reach. Legal lines are more important than physical lines. Creating the right laws to govern the interactions among walkers, cyclists and drivers is more effective than painting new stripes for a bike lane....A big step forward is to put the primary responsibility for keeping streets safe on the drivers of the two- and 10-ton vehicles that routinely kill people."
- Bicycle theft isn't treated seriously enough says one bike shop employee. "Also, the police don't understand how a bike could cost as much as $4,000, since most of them are not cyclists and do not understand that cycling is a serious and integral part of our culture The profile of this "thief" is not on their radar. This thief is the one driving the nice van or SUV -- full of bikes -- next to the cop car."