Good morning. I don't want to bury this key point so, WABA is reporting that DDOT says the L Street Cycle track will start going in in early November.
- Virginia Del. Jim Lemunyon says that "localities in Northern Virginia support using transportation funds for the Columbia Pike trolley, bike paths and sidewalks where safety is not an issue. Such projects do nearly nothing to improve regional mobility." Because mobility is defined as driving.
- Why progress is slow on the Met Branch Trail. “All of the area around Fort Totten is National Park Service land, and there are certain agreements that WMATA has with rights of use to get the Red Line through. So they have to make sure (that) all those different legal agreements on land use work together to allow for the trail access, [but] The partial completion of the MBT is not stopping bicyclists from using it as part of their daily commutes or for recreation. There were 11,503 trips on the MBT last year, a nearly three-fold increase from 2010, according to DDOT figures." And problems in Maryland include "The group Montgomery Preservation Inc. is unhappy with a plan to run the trail between its building that houses a B&O Railroad museum and Metro’s Red Line tracks. The plan also calls for building a bicycling bridge over Georgia Avenue that would block views of the historic railroad bridge. "
- Making bikeshare available to and usable by the poor isn't easy.
- There's another CaBi station on the Mall right near the Lincoln Memorial.
- Photos and coverage of the Diamond Derby.
- "You won’t be seeing miles of green paint soon. Painting miles of lanes is expensive, requires on-going maintenance and doesn’t increase the overall safety for cyclists. Instead, DDOT has developed a striping policy for applying green paint to bike lanes. Their focus will be conflict zones (end of bike lanes, mixing zones with cycle tracks, etc), safe zones (bike boxes, floating bike lanes, etc) and at major intersections to guide bicyclists through them....See the full list of bike lanes in Arlington County planned to be painted green (or have already been painted). DDOT will be painting lanes over the next few weeks and the highly anticipated L St cycle track (PDF) will include green paint (M St cycle track will have green paint in 2013). Officials expect the L St cycle track will be installed during the first few weeks of November. So, be on the look out for green paint in a bike lane near you!"
- One reason developers are reluctant to add parking: bikes.
- It was walk and bike to school day yesterday. Unfortunately, two teens in Montgomery County were hit while walking from school to the bus stop. A driver lost control of their car and jumped the curb to hit them on the sidewalk.