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The Carriage Trail is really a lovely spot:

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?client=safari&oe=UTF8&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=104594560574367079467.0004972dfd9b2d0e8d03c

There's also a dead-end spur, not shown on the map, that circles back toward Sitter Ave.

It's also a very useful connector trail, to get up from Rock Creek, and among routes, cross the Beltway on the bike-friendly Linden Lane bridge (now the railroad tracks are another matter...).

Barbara has done a fantastic job in working with all the various agencies to keep this resource accessible to the public -- we need more community advocates like her!

DC is better off without Gabe Klein. A lot more has been done for cycling since he left then was even dreamed of when he was here. Gabe produced more resentment then progress. He did appear to me to be only concerned with Adams Morgan and the west side of town. He made a class and race crisis out of what could have been a time to come together.

@david,

Any evidence for this other than a generalized sense of resentment?

Pretty breathtaking that a guy who takes DC through a quantuum leap in its bike/pedestrian infrastructure, then is met with incredibly cynical political pushback consisting of "bike lanes and dog parks for WHO??", should be charged with making "a class and race crisis out of what could have been a time to come together."

It's the same nonsense that has Obama being an "incredibly devise figure" because racists and wingnuts hate him for being a democrat (or black guy with a foreign name).

Class and racial resentments are a function of any sort of change in this town. To say that Klein somehow created the situation is nonsense.

david, what has been done in DC - bikewise - so far that didn't start under Klein? I can't think of much.

I'll also note that the biggest project started under Klein was the new 11th Street Bridge which connects to Ward 8 on one end.

Klein woud be a horrible choice.

As we have seen from DC, there was zero serious planning on the streetcar. It is a disaster.

Prevening other car-sharing service also was a mistake.

Bikeshare was a big success.

LaHood has done a decent job. I'd like to see more HSR and more bikesharing, but Klein is not the best guy for a DOT secretary hire. Maybe as bike-czar.

@oboe Gabe klien produced no quantum leap for DC. DC had cycle paths long before Gabe. Seems you do not want to give the people of DC credit for anything. This idea that Klien WABA and the like are responsible for the cycle routes etc. whereas the local people are somehow backward and or in need of Their "leadership" is the essence of racism and Klein played it to the hilt. He and his crowd lead many people to fear that if he and Fenty were not reelected that would be the end of progress. In that way he played on race and class fears. The proof of the pudding is in the eating . Now that Klein has gone things are better then when he was here. Projects are being started that would not have gotten off the ground with Klein in office. Kline Klein framed Cycling as an us verse them now that he is gone things are much better.
" Class and racial resentments are a function of any sort of change in this town" Yes America is a racist nation however I never buy the everybody does stuff as an excuse. It is the duty of a leader to be above that sort of thing, that never occurred to Klein or you ether it seems. Had he tried to work with the people that he was suppose to serve maybe he wouldn't have been fired. He was fired because he was too racist and arrogant to work with the city council and the citizens. Further I understand he was involved in some shady contact stuff about bike share where he is now.

if he and Fenty were not reelected that would be the end of progress.

Well, that is kind of how elections work. No one runs on the campaign promise of "if you elect me, things will be pretty much the same as if you elect my opponent." But still, I think the pace of progress - and even the ambition - is much less than with Klein. Look at his transportation plan and compare it with where we are without him, and then look at Chicago and compare it to DC. We've been moving very slowly since Fenty/Klein left.

On the Carriage Trail matter, isn't the focus on the wrong solution? If there is dangerous material in a landfill, isn't it draining into Rock Creek watershed? If so, the landfill needs to be cleaned up; closing the trail is not a solution to the real problem.

I agree with Shalom, by the way: this is a very pretty little spot. It has a secluded, slightly otherworldly quality, and a sense of age. It's a little bit jarring nowadays to come out behind a bunch of modern townhouses, but it's nice up to that point. I usually climb Forsythe when i'm heading that way, but if i have a little time to spare i like to use that trail. It would be a real shame to lose it.

Much of the "divisiveness" was that a growing group- new residents-were flexing their political muscle, and the old group felt threatened. Some old school DEMS in the city mimicked the GOP and ran on resentment and dog-whistle (or blatant) racism.

I'll acknowledge that Fenty and Rhee were more in your face, but Klein?

@david

Huh? Name one bike project that didn't start under him. L and M certainly did, as did the 15h and Penn lanes, and many of the standard lanes and sharrows.

In fact, I can't think of a single new project that has been proposed since then?

Looks like once his backlog is finished....it's done. Nothings on the horizon.

@ washcycle
The people of critical mass people the bike couriers and well as everyone who has found the courage to ride to work or for pleasure on the streets of DC are the ones who deserve the credit and praise they are the ones "in the trenches" Those who when they see another biker is in trouble stop and ask can I help they are the ones who have made the difference. They are the heart and soul of the movement and I shall never put them second to some any city hall bureaucrat.
as to what and who else was here before Gabe.
The mount Vernon bike route , the route though Rock Creek Park and the closing of beach drive for cycling etc. all were well before Gabe And before WABA as well. The bicycle couriers also well before Gabe were one of the first wide spread use of bikes in the downtown streets people seeing them as well as the gas crunch of the early 70's was the start of the bike being used downtown in traffic for a practical purpose.
As to the pace of things the Lst bike lanes the many roads now marked for cycling and plans to have a bike lane on Mst. ave. well as signs that say Cyclist can use the full lane all this is after he was fired.
He was fired for his failures to work with all the people. This failure was the "political reason" for his firing. I have noticed a marked improvement in the outlook of the community towards cyclist the resentment that he and Fenty generated played out in the attacks you saw on cyclist, particularly on the Metropolitan branch route, have subsided enough that I no longer fear trying to use the route. In fact I can't recall anything that was done during Gabe's time other then perhaps the 15th st. route. I believe he will be more at home in Chicago after all it is a city where each ethic group has it turf .
Which is the kind of "political" atmosphere he seems to need. Mr Fenty was not the first person at the district building to use a bike as transport. Dave Clark who was much loved by all rode his bike around town often.
Such improvements as happen while Gabe were here would have happen anyway and without the alienation of everyone but his friends. "He is good to his friends" that is not a good man at all. Perhaps it was because he was new here and never really understood the town beyond Adams Morgan. The nation has thousands of people who can do his job. Things can a will go on without .

david, I didn't ask what was here before Klein, I asked what has been done since. L Street and M street started under Klein (or predated him if you go back to the bike plan, but he was the reason they were getting done now). Cyclist may use full lane happened during his time.

Other Klein initiatives: Penn ave bike lanes, Capital Bikeshare, pushing the Met Branch Trail and the transportation plan he championed.

I really just don't think you know what you're talking about. The bike team at DDOT noticed a massive difference when Klein came in. I remember Jim Sebastian saying that he met with Klein more in the first month than with all the other DDOT directors ever.

And I really do not think CaBi would have happened - not combined with Arlington - without Klein. And I'm confident that people in the know will agree with me.

@jjj
There are many proposals. Anyone can have a idea. To see what good cycling inferstucture is like all one need do is look to the Netherlands. It is the present mayor who is now going forward.
I read about new proposals all the time as well as BAC meets that are open for more. Bike lanes for Rhode Island ave. for one.
Just because Adams Morgan
is not the center of attention and spending does not mean all is lost.
Had Gabe stayed I do not belive we would not have the progress we do. He like the former school superintendent Chen sic. need to learn some manners. Had he stayed people would have blocked this progress not because it was a bad idea but because of the poor relationship that Gabe had with the city council as well as anyone outside of Adams Morgan.

It is the present mayor who is now going forward.

Well, yes, but that's because it would be weird if Fenty were the one moving things forward. But, things are moving slower under Gray than they did under Fenty. I think most people would agree. What projects are you thinking of that happened under Gray that don't have Klein's fingerprints on them?

Klein was fired? Bike lanes may have become a symbol - largely through of the efforts of Fenty's opponents - but the substance of DDOT policy was hardly an electoral issue.

I'm not sure why you keep bringing up Adams Morgan, but there have been only one or two recent bike projects in the neighborhood - the delayed completion of the Columbia Rd. bike lanes, and possibly the striping of a couple blocks of Euclid St.

There are, of course, several large bikeshare stations.

@ washcycle
You said it right Gray is getting done what Fenty and Gabe could not do and this was due to their political inaptness . Now we shall have to see how much further Gray shall go. DC was and is futile ground for cycling projects Recreational cycling and infrastructure for such was here in Rock Creek Park and the Mt Vernon route. Years before Gabe or WABA. Cycling on the streets was going on downtown, the couriers , years before either Gabe or WABA . This was in the early 1970's They did not bring cycling to DC cycling brought them to DC.

Pulling together two threads: why does the council have to pass a law to enforce the "no U-turns" on Penn? Why can't Mayor Gray just tell the DMV to enforce the law?

david, that's not really what I said. Yes, there was progress before Klein, and yes there has been progress since. But in my experience, no DDOT director has put forward as much effort or vision when it comes to cycling as Klein. And no one pushed for as much progress as he, and no one had as much success as he did.

I wouldn't mind Klein as head of DOT but I really hope Ray LaHood stays on for a while longer. Not really sure what (lower-case) david is going on about.

Interesting with the reference to bike messengers. Talk about a divisive issue! I used to hate them fiercely years ago, before I started cycling as an adult. I nearly got run down or clipped a dozen times or more by bike messengers. They would speed down on crowded downtown sidewalks, during workday lunch hours, swerving and weaving among pedestrians. If that had been my only experience with cycling, I probably would have ended up becoming a harsh bike critic, and even bike hater.

But fortunately, that hasn't been my only experience with cyclists and cycling. (To be honest, the Olympics and Michael Phelps had more to do with me becoming a bike enthusiast. Strange, I know, but that's the truth.)

@waschcycle
When Klein was director of transportation for Washington, D.C., when Alta was given a no-bid contract the bike-sharing program .
Chicago Commissioner of Transportation Gabe Klein collected a $10,000 consulting fee from Alta shortly before his appointment by Mayor Emanuel last spring
Looks like he has his hand in the till and there is more. See the Chicago Reader May 9 ,2012


Seems you do not want to give the people of DC credit for anything. This idea that Klien WABA and the like are responsible for the cycle routes etc. whereas the local people are somehow backward and or in need of Their "leadership" is the essence of racism and Klein played it to the hilt.

Sorry, but "the people" of DC *do* get credit: for Klein. He was appointed by their duly elected mayor, Adrian Fenty. Or are you talking about a different "people of DC"?

As SJE said, "Much of the 'divisiveness' was that a growing group- new residents-were flexing their political muscle, and the old group felt threatened. Some old school DEMS in the city mimicked the GOP and ran on resentment and dog-whistle (or blatant) racism."

I find the comparisons to Rhee pretty apt: Gray came in, drove out Rhee (as was his right as mayor-elect), and replaced Rhee with her lieutenant, a black woman who has pursued the exact same policies. But of course, she's hardly considered controversial at all.

@ oboe
The race card is being played by you. It appears Gabe was and is corrupt, note my above post and or read the article in the Chicago reader. Yes there are many racist in DC more now then at anytime in my life. Due in large part to the influx of new people. But to call the victims racist is like Jesse James complaining that the sheriff carries a gun. Black people have had to ban together to fight racism and now as in the past many see that as racism Gabe and many of the newcomers here come from ares where they expect to ride rough shod over the blacks.
Your post reminds me of a story.
A little kid who when he was about to be punished for fighting said "it all started when he hit me back".
First it was Lance many people said, no he can not be a cheat now I run into the same outlook when it comes to Gabe he was my friend I can identify with him so he can not be a cheat.
The city does better when people bid on contracts. The city has more then enough cronyism with taking it from Gabe. Now that he is in Chicago he will be more comfortable the do that kind of dirt all the time there.
To much of that no bid contract stuff right here under the nose of the FBI can as we have seen get you locked up. So maybe it was for his own good that he is gone. I guess you gone tell me racism was the reason Fenty was defeated. Don't get your way , blame it on the blacks. So who's the racist?
P.S There is no such thing as race it is a concept invented to divide and
oppress and has no scientific bases. I only use the term because you did.

Gabe and many of the newcomers here come from ares where they expect to ride rough shod over the blacks.

As I said, "Class and racial resentments are a function of any sort of change in this town." Thanks for providing stark evidence supporting my point.

There is no such thing as race it is a concept invented to divide and oppress and has no scientific [basis]. I only use the term because you did.

By the way, in your original, unprompted comment you wrote:

"He made a class and race crisis out of what could have been a time to come together. "

Or was that another "david"?

I stopped trying to make sense of david's posts a while back. I don't have time to read through general complaints and proselytizing about racial or general "social injustice" and political crusades on a cycling website.

oboe
What is relevant here is the no bid contract's and kick backs . Your assault my character is no defense of Gabe . Gabe was fired because he could not or would not work with the people I believe he is a run of the mill bigot..
Seems no matter what you won;t admit Gray is doing more now then Gabe ever did. He could have thrown out the whole program. But more is happening now and faster then when Gabe was here.
If you read the Article from the Chicago reader you notice they the don;t want him there either.
Don;t get your way blame it on the blacks maybe no one will notice your no bid contracts.

Hey, lets lay off david for a while. We seem to be getting far from the original point. At least everyone here has a shared goal of making cycling better in the region, for which I am thankful.

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