Join America Walks and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on January 5, 2017 at 2 p.m. Eastern for a policy briefing, “Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration.” The briefing will explore what’s anticipated in federal trail, walking and biking policy as the new Congress and Trump administration prepare to take office. Experts in transportation and public health policy and former Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) will share their intelligence and unique insights about what the new political climate will bring for active transportation. Participants will be invited to ask questions at the end of the briefing.
Share the latest intelligence from federal decision-makers regarding transportation and health policy
Provide insights regarding actions Congress and the Trump Administration may take relating to active transportation
Learn of the new policy agenda developed by the Partnership for Active Transportation
Discuss how supporters of the Partnership for Active Transportation and Every Body Walk! Collaborative can engage in federal advocacy
Presenters will be Kevin Mills, Senior Vice President of Policy at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and former Congress member Thomas Petri (R-WI). The Trump cabinet would be far better with a Secretary of Transportation Petri.
Due to an overwhelming response, the deadline to participate in the NVTA’s fall survey has been extended to November 28th! Last spring, the NVTA gained insights from individuals on their transportation issues and what changes they would like to see in the future. Using this initial round of outreach and an evaluation of current and future travel patterns, the NVTA has identified a broad range of transportation needs. As part of its second wave of outreach, the NVTA launched a survey to learn how you think we should prioritize different ways of addressing these needs. Please click here to take the survey and share the link with other Northern Virginians.
Phoenix Bikes in Arlington has announced that it is hosting the 2017 National Youth Bike Summit in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC. It will occur Oct 6-8. The 2016 summit was last May at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN (you can see the schedule here).
This is the first I've heard of the National Youth Bike Summit, but what's not to like. Here's an RTC write-up of the 2016 Summit in case you want to know more.
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is hosting a round table discussion tonight on “How New Federal Funds Can Help Residents Bike and Walk with Less Risk and More Pleasure”
The roundtable will hear from local bike and pedestrian leaders and D.C. residents on the best ways to use new federal funding for bike and pedestrian projects that she got included in the new surface transportation bill. Norton was one of the “Big Four” House Transportation leaders who wrote the FAST Act. As Ranking Member of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee, Norton developed a strategy to overcome Republican resistance to bike and pedestrian funding in the FAST Act that they wanted devoted solely to roads. Norton has invited officials from the District Department of Transportation Office and the National Park Service (NPS) to sit on a panel with her to hear testimony from the D.C. bicycle and pedestrian community.
WABA appears to be approaching this differently. Instead a discussion about how to spend money, they're calling for a discussion of bicycle and pedestrian issues in relation to the federal government. That discussion is probably more useful, since a discussion of how to best spend money is a bit wonky when it works, and contentious when it doesn't. The issues they list are
How are National Park Police, Secret Service, Capitol Police and other federal policing agencies interacting with bicyclists around Washington DC?
How are Federal agencies headquartered in the District helping or hindering the District's goal of Vision Zero?
How is NPS managing trails on national park land that serve as significant transportation corridors for bicyclists?
I'd even add some to that. Not only asking how are federal agencies hindering Vision Zero, but hindering efforts to make biking better. Things like allowing CaBi docks on the Capital grounds, reopening E Street south of the White House to cyclists, allowing bike commuters to use Arlington Cemetery, expanding the bicycle commuter benefit and allowing its use to pay for bikeshare fees, allowing a cash-out option for federal employees who currently get free parking, etc..will make biking better, even if maybe they don't help with Vision Zero.
Leif Dormsjo, Director, District Department of Transportation Bob Vogel, Regional Director, National Park Service Greg Billing, Executive Director, WABA Representatives from the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Councils
Audience members will have a chance to participate by asking questions of the panel.
Date: Thursday October 27, 2016 Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building Washington DC 20515
This bill will increase safety for bicyclists on the road by allowing motorists to buy specialty automobile license plates that emphasize the 3-foot minimum passing law and by assigning the $25 application fee and annual $20 display fee for these specialty plates to the Vision Zero Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Fund.
The Committee invites the public to testify or to submit written testimony, which will be made a part of the official record. Anyone wishing to testify should contact Ms. Aukima Benjamin, staff assistant to the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, at (202) 724-8062 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Persons representing organizations will have five minutes to present their testimony. Individuals will have three minutes to present their testimony. Witnesses should bring 5 copies of their written testimony and should submit a copy of their testimony electronically to email@example.com.
I suspect the plate will be similar to this one, but for DC, but the design will come after the bill.
The first time I heard of the contributory negligence bill was back in 2008, when then WABA Executive Director Erik Gilliland wrote the Bicycle Advisory Council (BAC) about it.
Please see the attached file [about the case WMATA v Young]. It’s an appeals court judgment on a case involving a cyclist that was struck and severely injured by a Metro bus driver. We have been talking about how the contributorynegligence policy of DC (and MD and VA) might hinder the ability of cyclists to recover damages in a civil suit if he or she is found to have contributed at least a little bit to a crash.
Over the next 8 years WABA, BAC, (once they existed) the Pedestrian Advisory Council (PAC) and others have been working to change this law, with WABA doing most of the heavy lifting. Shane Farthing wrote a great piece making the case for the change. GreaterGreaterWashington has been hitting the issue pretty hard for years. In 2014, David Grosso with Tommy Wells and Mary Cheh introduced the first bill that tried to fix this, the Bicycle and Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Amendment Act of 2014, but even as it failed it set up yesterday's eventual success. Within months, Mary Cheh modified it to be more politically palatable (and frankly better for cyclists and pedestrians) and Kenyon McDuffie eventually moved it through committee. Even when he held up the bill last month, it appears to have been due to a general misunderstanding, not opposition. Finally the whole council has supported the change and it appears Mayor Bowser will sign it.
Success, they say, has a lot of fathers, and in this case it is absolutely true.
Throughout the years, Bike Maryland has been an active voice for bicyclists in Maryland, passionately advocating for safer bicycling through better infrastructure, legislation, education and enforcement. With your generous support, we believe we have helped to make a difference. However, revenue has not kept up with the costs of doing our mission, and with great disappointment, we have recently laid off our dedicated and talented paid staff.
The Board of Directors is working to maintain Bike Maryland as an all-volunteer organization supporting state wide advocacy and bicycle safety education where grant funding is available. To support the administrative costs of these efforts, planning for Larry's Ride will continue, and we intend to ensure the seventh year of this key bicycling event is the most successful one ever. We hope you plan to attend or volunteer for this fun fall ride.
We are appreciative of the support we have received from our members, sponsors, donors, and event participants. With your continued support, Bike Maryland will be an effective voice for cyclists in our great state. We look forward to reaching out and engaging our cycling community in this important endeavor.
It's surprising to me that a state like Maryland can't support a professional bicycle advocacy organization. Cyclists who ride in Maryland will be worse off for this turn of events.
AAA is fighting the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act that will end contributory negligence for cyclists and pedestrians on the grounds that it will raise insurance rates (which is what one would expect when drivers are required to reimburse cyclists and pedestrians for crashes in which the driver was primarily responsible).
AAA would like to keep insurance rates low by making non-motorized victims of motor vehicle crashes pay for their own surgeries and physical therapy. Why should drivers have to pay for the hips they crush through distracted driving, they figuratively ask?
They claim that insurance rates could go up by 24.4% - according to a study done by the Insurance Industry. [Here's my bet that it won't go up by anything near that amount]. But if that's true, then drivers are walking away from a lot of shattered tibias and traumatic brain injuries, that they have primarily caused, without the inconvenience of paying for them. It is a sweet set-up, and AAA, which is just looking out for drivers, doesn't want them to have to stop putting Moms in the hospital.
But they're all about safety.
Here's Jon Townsend's email - firstname.lastname@example.org - just in case.