For long time readers, you've probably noticed a drop off in both the quantity and quality of posts. I just don't have the free time I used to have. As a result I have amassed dozens of open tabs, highlighed emails, half-finished blog posts and general clutter. I have accpeted that I will not get to all of this, and that some of these posts are over a year old - so who will really care? So over the next few days I'm going to be literally dumping all of this stuff on the blog so I can enter the new year with a clean slate. Think of it as me declaring bankruptcy, or an old-fashioned jubilee.
An image of the detour to what WABA calls the "Roosevelt Bridge Bike Path", but I call the Potomac River Trail. Detour starts on January 2nd. The Kennedy Center really has made a Herculean effort to let cyclists know about this and deserves an A+ for outreach.
A proposed GWU dorm would "include 132 bicycle parking spaces but no vehicle parking."
"Montgomery Lane was planned to be a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly
path to the Bethesda Library and the Bethesda Metro, but the street is
rendered impassable when vehicles are parked illegally." Not to pedestrians and bicyclists, it isn't.
"One element frequently left out of bike and pedestrian plans is a
discussion of maintenance, and setting level of service standards for
maintenance, especially for the winter months, in those parts of the
country where snow is likely."
This year, a driver who hit a cyclist in Southeast DC was convicted, in part thanks to a "black box" - Airbag Control Module (ACM) - on board his SUV (oddly, he was the 2nd driver to hit him, the first left the scene and was never found). It turns out that most cars have these devices "They’ve been around since 1996, and NHTSA says about 96 percent of 2013 models have them. The agency wants to make that 100 percent, starting in September 2014," but they don't always trigger when a person is hit. "Sensors mounted around the edge of the car might detect a person there, but if the crash isn’t forceful enough to set off an airbag deployment, the black box probably won’t record it."
We were discussing gun control recently and a friend of mine mentioned gun insurance. The idea is that gun owners would pay insurance and that would pay for any damage that guns did, there would even be a fund for people who were shot, but the gun used wasn't identified. That isn't what I want to discuss, but I thought "what if there were a tax on car insurance that would be used to pay the medical expense of bicyclists and pedestrians (and, I suppose, property owners) who were injured in a hit-and-run situations - where no driver, and thus no car insurance, can be identified? Why should health insurance, home owner's insurance, etc... have to subsidize that?" Anyway, don't know if there is any place that does that, but it seems fair.
"On November 4th, the time changed and with it, the rising and setting of the sun. While it's light out at 7am, it's dark at 5pm, a time when children are playing outside, bicyclists are in their designated lane, and pedestrians are crossing streets. And, oftentimes, they are hard to see. Be alert. Be safe. Be focused. With vehicles, cycles, and people sharing the same pathways, it is important for everyone to obey the road rules"
I'm glad that they asked drivers to be on the lookout for cyclists, but they could also be in lanes not designated specifically for cyclists. Nitpick.
Arlington Boulevard, South Side Trail Extension Study - Extending the east side/south side Arlington Blvd trail to Washington Boulevard and continuing the trail south along Washington Boulevard to 2nd Street S. and Columbia Pike was deemed infeasible by the study, so funding was shifted to the west/north side of Arlington Blvd. An extension to Columbia Pike along Washington Blvd is in design with construction planned for 2014.
Boundary Channel Bridge Underpass Trails - A trail to Boundary drive was constructed as part of the Humpback Bridge Project, but completion was halted due to DOD security concerns. Possible construction of roundabout interchange at I-395 and Boundary Drive in conjunction with the Long Bridge Park aquatics center could provide a DOD-acceptable trail connection.
Crystal Drive and Potomac Ave. Bike Lanes - Crystal Drive bike
lanes to be extended in 2013
S. Joyce Street Bike Lanes from Columbia Pike to 15th Street - Bike lanes
from Army Navy Dr. to 15th St complete as part of FHWA project under I-395, which will be completed in January 2013.
Old Jefferson Davis Highway Bike Lanes - First phase
implemented along Long Bridge Drive in 2012.
Extension to Boundary Drive will be done in conjunction with Phase II of the Long Bridge Park project.
Route 110 South Trail Paving - Project requires a complete reconstruction of trail, new highway ramp crossings and a retaining
wall. This project is currently at 50% engineering, with design to be completed in 2014, followed by the NPS required Environmental Assessment (EA)
Washington Blvd. Trail – West Side Trail- Phase I completed in
(0.3 mile) Phase II currently being redesigned
to reduce tree canopy impact. Approximately at 90% design. Construction planned
Columbia Pike Parallel Bike Routes - Designed as “bike
boulevards”. First implementation planned for 2013.
Pentagon Area Trail - DOD security concerns have forced the project off of the Pentagon Reservation, so it has been re-envisioned as the Army Navy
Drive/Joyce Street cycle track project. Phase I design, including provisions for
streetcar, will occur in FY 2013-2014 with construction in 2015.
W&OD Crossing at Columbia Pike - Designed as at-grade
intersection improvements. In 2013 construction queue.
Arlington Boulevard Trail Renovation - Sections between
Irving & Filmore Streets under design or in queue for construction.
Four Mile Run and W&OD Trail Connector -North and south
approaches partially rebuilt in 2011. Requires bridge replacement to complete. Design planned for FY2014.
Four Mile Run Bridge - Currently under
design. Source of construction funding
needs to be identified.
Potomac Yard – Four Mile run Trail Connector - Currently under
design. Railroad viaduct to be
demolished in 2013.
Rosslyn Circle Area Improvements - Tunnel - West Bound lane reduction and
other safety improvements approved by VDOT at 50% design, but tunnel is not included in the Rosslyn Circle
proposal. Short-term elements
Washington Boulevard Sidewalk Upgrade - Route 110 overpass
being redesigned by VDOT. Complete
corridor requires VDOT & DoD approvals.
W&OD Trail Crossing at Lee Highway - Ramps and trail
alignments to be revised in 2013. Signal
modifications also under consideration.
15th and 16th Streets N. Bicycle Route - On bike network
map. Possible future bike boulevard.
15th Street S. Bicycle Lanes - Bike lanes marked
Hayes St. to Eads St. Eads St to Crystal
18th Street S. Bicycle Lanes - Partially complete. Bell St. to Crystal Drive incomplete.
Fairfax Drive Bike Lanes - Arlington Boulevard
RSTP enhancement study will address bike facilities.
Fairfax Drive Bicycle Route - Possible uphill bike
lane to be marked after completion of Route 50/Courthouse Rd interchange
Kirkwood Road Bike Lanes - To be evaluated in
Military Road Sharrows - To be implemented
after Five-Points project. 2014.
N. George Mason Drive Bicycle Lanes or Sharrows - Bike lanes and sharrows
added in 2012.
N. Pershing Drive Bicycle Route - Placed on
bike map in 2011. Possible upgrade to bike lanes with “nub shaving”.
S. Courthouse Road Bicycle Lanes or Sharrows - Active project. To be
S. Lynn Street /S. Arlington Ridge Road Bicycle Lanes - Uphill bike lane to
be incorporated into next paving
Virginia Square–Cherrydale Bicycle Route - To be implemented
after installation of HAWK signal on Washington Blvd. at Nelson St.
N. 26th Street Bicycle Boulevard - Added to bike network
in 2013 map revision.
N. Harrison Street Bicycle Boulevard - Continuity
improvements planned for 2013.
Washington Boulevard Wide Curb Lanes/Sharrows - Bike lanes
implemented between Westover and N. Harrison St. in 2012
N. Carlin Springs Road Bicycle Lanes - Bike lanes and
sharrows implemented in 2012. Southward extension pending bridge rebuild.
I really wish DDOT could update its list of projects regularly and make it publicly available as Arlington does.
It's a shame about the Pentagon Ares Trail. That project is described as "an on‐ and off‐street bikeway to link Columbia Pike at S. Rolfe
Street with Southgate Road, the Pentagon, and Boundary Drive. At Boundary
Drive, a connection would be made to the trail and underpass [Humpback Bridge stub] that
leads to the Mount Vernon Trail and the 14th Street Bridge. The project would
provide a safer and more direct route for commuting through federal property]. It really is unfortunate that they've deemed a bicycle and pedestrian trail a security concern. Maybe someday we'll be more hardy again.
Blasting to continue along the Capital Crescent Trail. "Blasting — designed to clear dense hard rock on the site of what used to be a popular parking lot at Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues near the Barnes and Noble — began Dec. 5 and is expected to continue daily for the next two to three months, according to an advisory from Montgomery County officials."
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation held it's first meeting on the construction of a bike path along MD-355 that would connect Clarksburg to Germantown.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Legget has requested $1 million be added to the fiscal 2013 capital spending plan to fund studies of the Corridor Cities Transitway. One of the studies planned will look at pedestrian and bicycle access to stations.
To the list of major Maryland projects (Red Line, Purple Line, the Corridor Cities Transitway) for which there is no money, one can add a replacement Nice Bridge. Planning studies for a new four-lane bridge to replace the existing Potomac River bridge are complete. "The new bridge will include a shoulder for disabled vehicles and a path
for pedestrians and bicyclists, both of which are lacking now. The sidewalk and roadway will be separated by a barrier to protect walkers and bikers." Currently the Wilson Bridge has the Potomac River's farthest downstream bicycle crossing, but the Nice would take that honor if the new one is built as planned.
Alexandria's Union Street Corridor Plan includes bike corrals to provide parking, but the chair of the ABPC is concerned that part might not be implemented because the Waterfront Commission thinks they "sound ugly".
Mother of a 13 year old child asks Abby how to get him to wear a helmet. She suggests logic, apparantly unaware that the mind of a 13-year old boy is a logic-free zone.