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Yes.......but it would be kinda nice if this was navigable by a bike, no? Dumb.

The staircase has a trough for bikes

While I'm excited to see projects linking up to the trail, I do not understand how these stairs were even designed. After the final stair, you step down onto not a flat surface, but a steep ramp that brings you down another 2 feet. Why not another step? I nearly tripped checking it out. Also, cool that they included a trough to wheel your bike down except...no it doesn't work and my hands are now above my head. Give it a try. Worst steps ever.

They built a new building there, and I think the stairs were primarily for that building. But clearly the designer of the stairs never cycled.

Fail. How much harder would it be to create a ramp you could actually RIDE on. Maybe it would be harder, but an interesting question is did DC even TRY?

It would've been much much harder. The height difference is something like 20 feet it would've required an enormous ramp. And there probably is very little desire for access at v street anyway. I don't know if D DOT tried, but I doubt it would be worth the money spent. I rather they push for reasonable transportation accommodations; not every possible accommodation every single time it comes up.

What's so hard about riding stairs?

http://youtu.be/tdsH047FpEs

Sheesh.

I think it's a challenge course.

I think given the height difference, a ramp would be impractical. If you're too heavily loaded to portage (kids, gear, cargo bike etc.), then you just go down a bit further to T street, which has an at-grade entrance, and double back a block.

I guess there would be a point that this isn't the most important connection in the city, but DC pretty much always fails to consider how cycling infrastructure connects to the primary way cyclists get around: i.e. the road.

From the new 11th St Bridge, to the new S Capitol St bridge design, from the so-called Michigan Ave "sidepath" (read "sidewalk"), to the Rock Creek Park Trail's "Walk Bike" intersections with the Parkway....bicycle transitions appear to have been given zero attention. Why is this ok?

If the complete build of new facilities isn't the time to ask these questions, when is?

It's as though every bike infrastructure transition is given no thought at all. Good and useful designs exist, and have been employed for years in some US cities and many abroad as well.

Does it really suffice to apologize for the DOT and not ask for infrastructure that's state of the art, instead of telling cyclists to walk their bikes and use sidewalks and crosswalk ramps to get from the primary transportation infrastructure (the road) to the dedicated bicycle facilities?

Half-designed bike facilities are one thing that, in spite of tremendous progress in DC in becoming a truly bikeable city continues to hold us back and makes cycling unpleasant.

We should be thankful for all we've achieved, but we need to aim higher, not make excuses.

I don't know what you're talking about. The 11th St. bridge does a great job of connecting to the street. And the new S. Capitol St. bridge would also do a great job of connecting to the street. Bringing up older facilities like "The Michigan Avenue side path" or the rock Creek Park Trail isn't very relevant. DDOT has been trying to get NPS to upgrade the trail for many years. And the DDOT-pushed design would be much more bike friendly than the current design or what NPS wants.

So yes, in designs that date from before 2000, DDOT was not very good about considering bicycling. But I don't think that's an example of how DDOT is today. Look at this staircase for example. It actually does accommodate bicycles, and it does so in the way that makes the most sense which is a bike trough. And I suspect the reason why there's a bike trough there, or even a staircase at all, is because of DDOT involvement. It's important to remember that the Metropolitan Branch Trail is not just a bicycle facility, but it's also for other trail users like pedestrians.

I don't see what's wrong with using a sidewalk or a crosswalk to connect a road to a bridge sidepath. How else should it be done? Especially on the 11th St. bridge where cyclists are free to use the road if they choose to.

And choosing this staircase as an example of DDOTs failure to consider cyclists is an incredibly weak choice.

... I am still amazed at the big gaps in signage for the MBT. No real entry signs. No rules signs. Inadequate signage on the interim trail. Not really signage that points to the trail access within neighborhoods.

WRT this entry point, I missed it riding by today. I will check it out. I am not sure, but I think that building is a school.

I only ride MBT in the a.m. once or twice/week, but I have definitely noticed a significant increase in the number of bicycle-related sojourns to school along the trail. Not to mention general walking to school.

So it's good that if that building is a school (it looks just like an E.L. Haynes building in NW which is why I think it's a school) that they want to encourage walking and biking to school via the MBT.

dontget it is right.

washcycle: "It's important to remember that the Metropolitan Branch Trail is not just a bicycle facility, but it's also for other trail users like pedestrians."

where's the infrastructure thats ONLY for bicycles? no other transport modality gets shortchanged like bikes do. thats dontgetit real point. you missed it.

the nps and its secret plans and timetables for doing anything bike related is relevant; the sheer neglect of surface streets Dc is another etc etc....lastly, the almost unbelievable pass cars get: laws for car are simply not enforced with any siginificance. surely you know the studies...


where's the infrastructure thats ONLY for bicycles?

Cycletracks. Bikeshare stations. Bike racks and lockers. Bike storage rooms. Bike racks on the front of buses or inside transit vehicles.

Richard, this was built as part of the new school there.
I agree that the interim trail could be better signed. I would have loved to see them paint a continuous green line on the road that shows cyclists where to go.

QUESTION: where's the infrastructure thats ONLY for bicycles?

WASHCYCLE:

Cycletracks. Bikeshare stations. Bike racks and lockers. Bike storage rooms. Bike racks on the front of buses or inside transit vehicles.

a classic response!! note that all these are NOT ON THE STREET...all these elements facilitate bicycle use, but NONE are bicycle-rideable...

this is why bike advocates dont get it in DC...

Cycletracks are on the street. Classic response of an ALL CAPS user is to not know what they're talking about.

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