The MWCOG has the latest draft Regional Transportation Priorities Plan out. In it they call for further expansion of bike share, investing in more bike lanes and paths, providing more bike parking and increasing showers at workplaces. One of the 6 Near-Term Strategies is to expand bicycle infrastructure.
Bicycling is booming in the Washington region – not just as way to get healthy and have fun, but as a practical mode of transportation. Because of this rising demand, we need to expand bicycling infrastructure to make it safer and easier for more people.
Between 2000 and 2011, the District of Columbia saw the share of its residents who bicycle to work double, from 1.4% to 3.5%. Regionally, the share is still below 1%, but growing. Some higher-density, mixed-use communities outside the regional core have higher shares of people commuting to work by bike, like the area near the East and West Falls Church Metrorail stations, which saw 3.6% of commuters traveling by bike.
Interest in and support for bicycling is also growing across the region. Suburban jurisdictions are increasingly seeing that bicycling can provide a viable transportation option in locations where it was previously considered unrealistic. Fairfax and Montgomery counties, for example, are both pursuing the expansion of Capital Bikeshare into communities there. Bike to Work Day 2013 had a record 14,500 total participants, with individuals from every jurisdiction in the region pledging to commute to work by bike as part of the event.
There is also a survey relevant to bicycle transportation. Take the time to fill it out.