Most readers by now know that Arlington added its first cycletrack on S. Hayes in August, and perhaps that the county plans to add another stretch to S. Eads this year (though talk was of doing it this September) between 15th and 23rd, but there is more that Arlington is working on and planning to do on top of that.
On S. Eads, the county will reduce the road from 4 lanes to 3 (one in each direction and center turning lane) to make room for the protected bike facility. This is a pilot project but if all goes well, it would become permanent.
Wilson Blvd between Rosslyn and Courthouse could also get a protected bike lane when it's repaved next year. This is in design and evaluation right now. Another project on Wilson will repave the road from N. Frederick to Manchester street in spring of 2015. That project will create bike lanes between Bluemont Park and N. Frederick Street. Sharrows will then connect those bike lanes to ones on N. George Mason Drive and the Bluemont Trail. Later those bike lanes could be converted to cycletracks.
Construction is expected to begin in late 2015 on improvements to the Custis Trail around the "Intersection of Doom" in Rosslyn. This will include widening the trail from 10 feet to 16, improving visibility at the Holiday Inn entrance, removing a lane from Lynn Street that will shorten the crossing there and adding waiting areas at both corners. Control of right turns on red are in development.
The County is working on a complete review of bicycle parking and planning to use an app to help them with this. Efforts include review of best practices from elsewhere, better coordination with other County agencies, installation of more bike parking in the curbside right-of-way (especially in commercial districts), changes to the zoning code to require bike parking minimums in all development and working with private property owners to add more bike parking. In addition, the County plans to start using an app called RackSpotter that will allow for crowdsourcing the location of every bike rack in the county in order to create a complete inventory as well as identify places where racks are needed. Users will also be able to see where the closest rack is, including a photo. Games to encourage use will be used. The product is currently in beta testing.
The County has nearly completed the installation of 280 on-street wayfinding signs planned for the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor and 200 more along the Custis Trail. The County plans to add another 400 signs on its trail network in the near future.
The County now has 31 automated county devices including the Bikeometer in Rosslyn. The data from these can be viewed by anyone at this website.
Arlington does plan to clear snow from trails this winter, but maybe not from the W&OD Trail. NVRPA is concerned that the trail will be damaged during snow removal.
One unusual problem Arlington is dealing with is that the only contractor they had to paint bike lanes green went out of business, so they're trying to work through that setback to find a replacement.
Newseum Knight Conference Center, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
* Use the Freedom Forum entrance on 6th Street, NW
Pennsylvania Avenue, between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, serves many different roles: local and national, daily routines and big events, grand and intimate. Join us as we formally kick-off the Pennsylvania Avenue Initiative with an expert panel that will explore future possibilities for this special neighborhood.
Zachary Schrag (moderator), History Professor, George Mason University, author of The Great Subway Society
Gabe Klein, Senior Visiting Fellow, Urban Land Institute
Ellen Ryan, Kresge Fellow - Creative Place Making Program Director, Trust for Public Land
This event is co-sponsored by the National Capital Planning Commission, National Park Service, General Services Administration, District of Columbia, and Downtown DC Business Improvement District. A special thanks to the Newseum.
I've mostly quit posting photos of cars parked in the bike lane, because it's not really news any more, but someone sent me this photo of a laundry vehicle in front of Soul Cycle that was stopping at Soul Cycle. It was parked in the cycletrack.
At last week's Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting, DDOT announced that they had a meeting planned with USPS on how to stop parking in bike lanes and cycletracks and that they were planning more outreach to UPS and FedEx on the issue.
USPS is a unique issue because their vehicles have no license plates and thus can't be ticketed. DDOT is goiing to try to educated them on the safety issues related to parking in the bike facilities.
UPS and FedEx can be ticketed, and are, but the companies have billing arrangements with the city and just treat it as a cost of doing business. It was suggested that they ask the companies where loading zones are needed if the current ones are inadequate. Outreach to BIDs could help with identifying better LZ placements.
NCPC, NPS, and GSA are working with federal and local agencies to study the Avenue’s near-term needs, identify a governance framework, and develop a long-term vision that reflects its storied history while meeting the needs of a 21st century capital city. A public workshop is scheduled for July 23rd, 6-8pm at NCPC 401 9th Street, NW Suite 500, Washington, DC .
An information presentation on this is scheduled for July 10th at the NCPC Commission meeting at 1:15pm (same location as above).
In addition to announcing that more CaBi stations were to be installed soon, DDOT had announcements about other project progress at last week's Bicycle Advisory Council meeting.
They have issued an RFQ for a study on a north-south cycletrack from Florida Avenue in Shaw to Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown. They're looking for a route on one of the roads between 5th and 9th, NW and the study will help to determine which road is the best for that. MoveDC has cycletracks on 5th and 6th.
DDOT kicked off Phase 2 of the design of the next section of the Metropolitan Branch Trail last week. This is the section between Bates Road (a.k.a. Big Stinky) and the Takoma Metro. NPS, which controls much of the land the trail will be built on, has agreed to proceed to the design phase and Toole Design Group has been hired to design the trail segment.
DDOT is scoping a project to resurface the Suitland Parkway Trail. Complete reconstruction of the trail is being included in the Douglass Bridge replacement project with a timeline for completion in the 2018-19 time frame.
The 30% design of the Oxon Run Trail rebuild is done, with full design starting soon.
The South Capitol Street Trail project will need to move a wall at Bolling Air Force base in order to be built to the standard that DDOT wants. That's being negotiated.
DDOT is currently resurfacing the South Dakota Avenue NE sidepath from Bladensburg Road to the new Costco. They'd also like to improve biking on V Street NE if they can too.
It moved several projects from "Ready to go" to "Installed Lanes" (M Street NW, 1st Street NE, 13th St NW, G and I NE, New Hampshire Ave NW, Piney Branch Road/13th Streeet and Washington Avenue SW) and there are also now sharrows on Ft. Totten Drive NE.
Several other projects moved up to "Ready to Go" including 49th St NE, Galveston St SW, Harewood Rd. NE, MLK SE, and Malcolm X Ave.
A new bike lane project on 2nd Street SE between East Cap and Independence is listed as "In Design" as is a side path on 2nd NE btween F and L, a bike lane on 19th St from Potomac Ave SE to Benning Road NE, and a cycle track on M Street NE between 1st and Delaware.
DDOT is going to pull the zebras out of the street and install new barriers called park-its, which are twice as long as zebras and four inches high, all along the cycle track from Constitution Avenue to 15th Street NW.