It would cost $7 for a 7 day pass. Children under 16 or those with an America the Beautiful or other pass would still get in free. They would also raise the cost of hiker/biker campsites from free to $20 a night.
DDOT is hosting the 3rd meeting on the preliminary study of Canal Road between Chain Bridge and M on Wednesday. The Canal Road study involves traffic, signage, drainage and slope stabilization issues, but there don't appear to be any documents or presentation materials available at DDOT's website, so your guess is as good as mine as to what it entails. Since the CCT cross Canal and it and the C&O Canal Trail (and the old streetcar ROW) run parallel to it, those areas might fall within the study area. Again, who knows.
If you go to the meeting, let us know about it in the comments, or send me photos of the presentation material.
Calling it a "work of art" during a December visit with other mayors to the White House, [Pittsburgh Mayor Bill] Peduto asked President Obama to donate the scaffolding to Pittsburgh. His idea is to erect it on the North Shore to mark the western terminus of the Great Allegheny Passage, a biking trail that runs to Washington. Local iron workers and a trucking company are lined up to transport and build the scaffolding.
The trail could "begin at the Washington Monument and end at the Washington Monument," Peduto said at the time.
In Hagerstown, CSX recently announced that they were formally abandoning 0.9 miles of rail that runs SW to NE through the south part of town.
The track lies in CSXT's Northern Region, Baltimore Division, Lurgan Subdivision between milepost BBT 3.9 at the connection to CSXT's main line and the end of track at milepost BBT 3 at Alternate Route US 40, south of Eastern Boulevard South in Hagerstow
The board's Office of Environmental Analysis plans to issue an environmental analysis of the abandonment by Friday, Dec. 20.
City officials are looking into railbanking the spur.
NRG Energy requested permission from a federal agency last week to deactivate the coal units at two of its Maryland facilities. The generators at Dickerson in Montgomery County and Chalk Point in Prince George’s County will continue to burn oil and natural gas....NRG would deactivate the units in 2017.
The Chalk Point facility is the last customer on the railroad line from Brandywine, the same line that the Three Notch Trail is being built on. It's entirely possibly that closing the coal units will have no impact on the rail line, but if it were abandoned it could then extend the Three Notch Trail to Chalk Point and/or as far as Brandywine.
The Dickerson plant is near the C&O Canal, and would yield a much shorter, parallel route if it's spur were converted. The Williamsport facility also mentioned in the article had coal delivered by truck, but since it is within the C&O Canal National Park, it's closure could make the trail a bit nicer.
"The way this small group was riding was unsafe, absolutely unacceptable and not representative of the 600-plus other D.C. Bike Party participants last week who followed the rules and got home safely at the end of the night,"
More than 40 participants showed up at the Metropolitan Branch Trail last night to figure out how to reduce crime on the path."The two groups convened at Fourth and S streets, where there was a moment of silence for victims of trail violence and then a discussion about strategies to keep the trail safe for those who use it. Organizers said trail rangers will begin patrolling the trails next week. Security cameras will also be installed."
With pro-active involvement of an ANC representative, WABA and others, DDOT promises to repave the 15th Street cycletrack sometime this summer. Paving will cover the brick gutter, and the shy space may be narrowed to widen the existing cycletrack.
New York lawmakers support adding bicycle-baggage cars to some upstate Amtrak trains. "The lawmakers are asking Amtrak to add baggage cars that could carry bicycles on the Adirondack and Ethan Allen trains, which run from Penn Station in Manhattan to the Albany area, Saratoga and destinations in New York’s North Country and Vermont.....[Amtrak] said it’s working on retrofitting some trains with more racks and building new baggage cars with built-in racks."
Not to be confused with the Bike Party: “We had a little bike gang,” he laughed. “Not really a gang, but we’d all get together and just ride around on our bikes and get lost in the city. At one point there was like 30 of us just swarming down the street on bikes.”
"The first expansion of Citi Bike could be to Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods that are facing extensive subway outages to allow post-Sandy repairs on the G train."
And...the racist take on the Met Branch Trail attack. The idea that the story has been ignored is pretty laughable really. I've actually been surprised at how much press it has gotten. It's been more reported than some rapes, sexual assaults and murders that have occurred along other trails in the area (or hit and run fatalities on our roads). I don't want to get into a "this attack is worse than that attack" kind of argument, but I actually think that this one has been one of the most reported ones out there - largely due to the lack of motive and the visuals. And I wouldn't really be able to argue with someone who thought that reporting spike was because of race too. So, it's funny that I read it all in a nearly opposite way. But, they're right that there have been many similar attacks on this trail over the last year. It is novel argument - however - that the police are somehow biased in the favor of black people. I've not heard that one before.
The GAP is open. Or closed? I mean it's finished. Which is to say it has started...Whatever.
On the all-powerful bike lobby: "The effort has been a bit more successful on the local level in some communities. D.C. Mayor Vince Gray recently proposed to spend what the D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council estimated was about $3.7 million of its transportation fund on bicycle programs, and the district has made a robust, multiyear public investment in its Capital Bikeshare program."
I'm going on vacation all week, and there will be no blogging (I know, I blogged on my honeymoon, but this time I mean it). Instead you will get a chance to enjoy Oscar nominated and winning shorts. Why? Because for once, people should enjoy the blog.
Bike to Work Day had a 15% increase in registration region wide over last year--more than 14,600 cyclists total!
WAMU story on DC cycle-tracks "Funding is not as much as an issue as dealing with some of the trade-offs on any given street, especially in downtown where we've done a lot of the easy bike lanes where there was unused space," he said. "When we talk about protection - separation and buffers from cars - and more permanent improvements, it's more a question of planning and consensus building than resources."
If you're wondering about the building going up along the Met Branch Trail at V Street, it's the Carlos Rosario School, a three story public charter school focusing on workforce development. The construction project is scheduled to be completed in mid-August.
University of Maryland students who hand in their commuter parking permits to DOTS can now receive a free bike and a refund worth 25 percent of the permit’s initial cost."The percentage of faculty, staff and students without commuter parking permits has grown to nearly 60 percent — up from less than 20 percent in 2005 — and DOTS officials are hoping to reduce the number even more. DOTS will give a brand-new, $200 Fuji hybrid bike along with a helmet, lights and U-lock to students who pledge to turn in their parking registration and agree to become ineligible for parking during the next academic year...“I want to get more people who don’t bike or who don’t bike regularly to consider it as a transport option,” Malone said. “People have already inquired. … We have 20 bikes, so this is available while supplies last.”Interested students must also take a 30-minute bike safety class with Michael Levengood, bikeUMD bicycle coordinator."
Canal Place in Cumberland is trying to establish a trailhead for the Great Allegheny Passage at the eastern edge of the Western Maryland Railway Station. “We are at mile zero for the towpath. We’re the midway point between Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh. We need a nice trailhead,” The trailhead will include new signs, disabled access, two shelters, bike racks and benches. Ritchie has secured a meeting with CSX officials to try to establish an easement or memorandum of understanding that would allow Canal Place to utilize the railroad bridge that is currently off limits.
"A new map of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail being released on Monday — Earth Day — will show the soon-to-be-finished segment of trail through Keystone Metals in Hays and Sandcastle Waterpark in West Homestead, which will link the riverfront trails around Pittsburgh to the Great Allegheny Passage beyond." Beyond includes Washington, DC.
Americans - and young people in particular - are driving less, biking more and taking more transit for a whole bunch of possible reasons. And, if data out of Cuba can be believed, that should improve health.
The data showed that, during the period of the economic crisis, deaths from cardiovascular disease and adult-onset type 2 diabetes fell by a third and a half, respectively. Strokes declined more modestly, and overall mortality rates went down.
The researchers say that [the “abrupt downward trend” in illness] has more to do with simple weight loss. Cubans, who were walking and bicycling more after their public transportation system collapsed, and eating less (energy intake plunged from about 3,000 calories per day to anywhere between 1,400 and 2,400, and protein consumption dropped by 40 percent). They lost an average of 12 pounds.