Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton is organizing another open house - on Thursday 6:30-8:30pm - dealing with NPS policies about parkland in DC and how those policies impact local citizens.
As GGW points out
The Park Service had recently gotten a new head of the National Capital region and new superintendents for several of the local park "units." These managers started working better with residents than their predecessors. Theymade considerable progress on Bikeshare, concession rules, and the Circulator.
And the National Mall recently added CaBi stations. There are numerous cases where NPS decisions and policies have effected (or could effect) cycling. Here's a partial off-the-top of my head list.
- No bike parking or CaBi stations along Pennsylvania Avenue
- Allowing the PG County Connector Trail to use parkland between Gallotin and Galloway Streets
- Allowing the Met Branch Trail to cross park land on both sides of Riggs Road
- Bike parking at NPS facilities
- Building a Rock Creek Park Trail that meets national standards
- Improving trail connections in the area of Memorial Circle
- NPS denying Bike DC's permit requests for use of the GW Parkway and cancelling the DC Triathlon
- The recent law requiring cyclists to use a trail next to a road on parkland
- Improvements to the Mount Vernon Trail
- Allowing the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to use NPS land on the river side of the Arboretum
- Pedicab harassment
- Snow removal on NPS trails
- Mountain biking in Rock Creek Park
- The policy of closing the Rock Creek Park Trail near the Zoo at night
- NPS's refusal to close Beach Drive outside of rush hour
- Banning bicycling on the GW and Clara Barton Parkways