Nice days for biking, hope you're enjoying it.
- Tomorrow night, DDOT will host the second meeting on the proposed bus/bike lanes on Georgia Avenue between Barry Place and Florida Avenue. Unlike the bus/bike lanes downtown, these would have a buffer between the exclusive lanes and other traffic.
- DC BAC's facility committee will have a ride of M and Eye street SE/SW on Oct 27. All are invited. "The purpose of this ride is to review the current conditions and develop options for bicycle and pedestrian consideration in this area as suggested by the District Department of Transportation September meeting regarding the M Street SE-SW Transportation Study."
- Lot's of people biked to the National's Playoff games. And here's a visualization of what that looked like for CaBi users.
- Another ANC candidate puts expanded CaBi in his platform.
- DC Councilmembers have proposed making changes to the traffic camera enforcement program. Most relevant is the expansion of the program - which should make roads safer for all - and the dedication of half the money to safety programs. It's not unreasonable to think that some of that money will find its way to bike safety - and I'm hoping they will finally dedicate some of the money to funding the Bicycle Safety Enhancement Act. Passed in 2008, the law has never been fully funded so trucks do not include "Side-underrun guards to prevent bicyclists, other vehicles, or pedestrians from sliding under rear wheels."
- Falls Church Police are ticketing cyclists who run stop signs on the W&OD Trail. "There is at least one instance in which a similar ticket was thrown out because the cited law does not apply to a bicyclist on a trail."
- FABB held a ribbon cutting at the Oak Street Bridge over the Beltway. That bridge has been open for some time, but the new bridges ( Route 7, Westpark Dr, and Lee Hwy) they were celebrating weren't really safe for such a ceremony.
- "Baltimore City’s efforts to implement a bike-sharing program in the city by this fall suffered a set back this summer when an exclusive negotiating agreement with B-Cycle — a bike-sharing company operating in 15 cities — expired without a deal. Any future bike-sharing program in Baltimore is now at least another year away, according to the Department of Transportation." B-Cycle was unable to find enough corporate sponsors to fund the program. DC and Baltimore are so close - I'm sure there are members of CaBi who live in Baltimore - it might make sense to bring them into the fold.
- Bike commuting is growing faster in bicycle friendly communities.
- Gas is expensive - $3.60 edition. [But...]
- Boston launches a controversial helmet safety ad campaign.
- Another section of Atlanta's Beltline Trail opens.
The new bike facility on Westpark Drive Bridge (photo via FABB)