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.
The MoveDC Multi-Modal Long-Range Transportation Plan for DC was released last week, and what can I say except that it's a pretty Big F&**ing Deal. It's not much of a surprise, since it doesn't depart that much from the draft version last November, but it's good news to see a transportation plan from the District be so ambitious with respect to cycling.
I've seen and heard a lot of pessimistic comments about DDOT's ability to follow through on a plan, and there is reason to be skeptical (see: the DDOT Action Agenda), but if you look through the status report on the 2005 Bicycle Master Plan, they've hit quite a few of their targets. Not all of course, and we can argue about whether or not that ambitious enough, but still real progress has been made. And some things that were not in the plan, like bikesharing, have been picked up as well.
The bicycle element of the plan doesn't diverge much, if at all, from what was included in the draft version in November. It also makes a note that it serves as an update to the 2005 Bicycle Master Plan, an update that was much needed. One recurrent theme of the update is more, more, more. More bike facilities, more bike sharing, more parking etc...The bike network of trails, cycletracks and bike lanes will be expanded by nearly 200% to a total of 343 miles over the next 25 years.
Some of the facilities I'm particularly interested in include:
All infrastructure projects are placed in one of four tiers, and some items above are Tier 4.
The proposed bike facilities maps are pretty intense. As I said in November, it's hard to think of anything they missed. I try to imagine how much people would have freaked out in 2005 if they had proposed this, but one notable thing about this plan is that, thus far, there has been little to no freaking out. The section EOTR of the river looks a lot like my fantasy map, in fact. My entire 4 mile bike commute would be on bike facilities. That seemed unbelievable not so long ago.
Most of the cycletracks are focused in the L'Enfant city, while new bike lanes and trails are more in the outer wards, which makes sense to me.
There are other recommendations about enforcing bike parking regulations; improving difficult intersections like "Dave Thomas", Tenley and L'Enfant Circles; improving accommodations for cyclists in barrier areas like the U.S. Capital Complex; improved crash reporting, training and planning policies; allowing cyclists in some dedicated transit lanes;
The one thing I'm disappointed in (based on a cursory reading only) is that recommendation C.7 which recommends encouraging DC employees to bike commute does not mention the bicycle commuter benefit, which DC employees inexplicably still can not take advantage of.
DDOT has a survey on the MoveDC site about the plan. You should definitely participate in that.
I usually call these a Copenhagen left, but that might sound too-European. DDOT says that they have an existing one on L St & 15th St NW, but will be installing three more as part of the M St protected bike lane.