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I rode on the 1600 Penn block this morning with @SharrowsDC; I recall seeing more bikes than peds along the block (for a change)

CaBi station map shows 4 new stations installed today: S Oakland St & Columbia Pike / S Troy St & 26th St S / S Four Mile Run Dr & S Shirlington Rd / S Abingdon St & 36th St S

I don't remember if this was posted before, but the CaBi station at the Pentagon City Metro station will be moved temporarily, due to ongoing construction.

The station will be relocated to 18th St. S. and Eads St., not too far away.

Members who usually ride to the PC Metro station can use the bike station a half block to the south.

There IS talk in Washington DC of a fee to register bikes. Its DC: there is a lot of talk. There is also talk about bike riders trying to make driving illegal, and how we should all be buying gold, canned food and weapons. So, there is a lot of talk in DC, its whether you give it any credence that determines whether a journalist is doing his job to filter the news from the ravings of a few.

Photos of new CaBi stations in Arlington:

A fee to register to use the cycletracks... hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Everytime I think DC can't do dream up something stupider, they do. The shocker is it doesn't even have Marion's name attached to it. Of course, it does explain one Washington Post columunist's crusade to kill the evil cyclists who have destroyed the city's cultural heritage in his words.

I'll pay a fee to use the cycletracks and bike lanes provided the city charges a fee to all drivers using their roads, to pedestrians using the sidewalks, provided they fix the ruts in all of the lanes and when the police start treating cyclists equally under the law. Until that time, I will maintain that it's taxation without anything.

The amounts raised would either be paltry or would have the effect of simultaneously discouraging the law abiding from cycling while encouraging rampant flouting of the law. Indeed, by the time the last bike registration law in DC died a throughly unmourned death less than a decade ago, only a tiny fraction of bike owners complied with it. Most didn't even know it existed.

Silliness. How is a fee administered? Would the guy who runs in the bike lane in the wrong direction on 34th Street each morning and challenges bikers to fights be that person?
And it cannot be imposed on non-DC residents as this would be a commuter tax that is prohibited under the Home Rule Charter.

And I'm not even that bright.

Obviously the "talk" is nonsense, given that it's an unattributed blurb in Kiplingers. But let's play "make believe" and assume this is going to happen. That's fine; I'll be riding in the street from now on, and taking the lane. Hopefully all other cyclists will do the same.

My guess is that any such initiative would be fairly short-lived.

Bicycle registration is not new DC has had bicycle rejection since all least the 1960's . For a time in the 90's that the police were pulling people over to check for registration. This was an effort to cut down on bike theft. Bikes were registered at firehouses and police stations. The fee was 1 dollar if I recall correctly in the 90's and it was a free service at one time. There is merit to the idea of registration as it makes it possible to prove who the owner of a bike is. It is almost impossible to prove ownership of a mass produced bike, especially if a few parts have been changed after the theft.

Alexandria had a 25 cent bike fee at some point too. Can't recall where I read about it, but it's never enforced.

I'm imagining DC issuing little license plates and then installing bicycle red light cameras. This would be hilarious. I laugh, but I also don't see it as that farfetched for a city chasing revenue whereever they can find it. I asked the parking ticket woman this morning where she got her fancy DC bag and she said they're all issued it. Henceforth I'm asking my employer to issue me something to carry stuff around in for them. None of this, use a shopping bag or box from storage. Nope, I want a fancy bag too.

That's fine; I'll be riding in the street from now on, and taking the lane. Hopefully all other cyclists will do the same.

I believe that this was the deal in Maryland very early in the 20th century. The roads were not paved. Wheelmen pushed for paved sidepaths, and paid a fee for the right to use them. If you did not pay the fee, you could still take the unpaved lane.

@JimT--The League of American Wheelmen pushed for paved roads, not paved sidepaths. Automobiles were still a thing of the future.

Just rode by the White House tonight. Seems to be fully open to cyclists.

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