According to my neighborhood listserv, some bike thieves were caught after trying to steal a locked bike - they had bolt cutters. FYI.
Shane Farthing, executive directory of WABA explains how DDOT is organized and how that organization stiffles bike/ped projects. "DDOT needs to bring individuals with the necessary expertise to IPMA and, once that expertise is in-house, leave prioritization of project timing to PPSA planners."
More on the CaBi employee protest. “We know you have the power to do the right thing,” John Farmer, a current employee, said to Gilliland.“We’ll make it work,” Gilliland replied.
Bring your bikes (or tricycles) to American Way between Fleet Street and St. George Boulevard at National Harbor for the fourth annual National Children’s Museum CycleFest 2013. The free block party-esque event, culminating in a ride to the National Harbor via the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail will be on Saturday, June 22
In short, one should not take training rides at high speed on multi-use trails. But I don't know why we need to differentiate those who do so as another species.
"Montgomery County’s original plan for park trails called for trails the parks department could not deliver, so planners are crafting a new, more usable framework for building out the network and are asking for resident input.... the new plan will view trails as a strategic park investment, and will focus on shorter “loops and links” that are consistent with population density, community demand and feasibility....Montgomery County Department of Parks is scheduled to hold two public meetings; the first scheduled for Monday at the agency’s Shady Grove Training Room, 16641 Crabbs Branch Way, Gaithersburg and the second Tuesday at the agency’s Montgomery Regional Office at 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Both meetings will run from 7 to 9 p.m."
"Christoph Strasser, a 30-year-old former bike messenger broke the long-standing record in the Race Across America. He'd finished the race in 7 days, 22 hours and 11 minutes. The course has varied from year to year, but since 2006 it has begun in Oceanside, Calif., and ended at Annapolis Harbor.Earlier in the afternoon, RAAM managers, members of Strasser's crew and a handful of die-hard fans waited at the Mount Airy Bike Shop in Carroll County, the 52nd of 54 timing stations riders must pass through."
"Democrat Doris Matsui and Republican David Joyce will introduce complete streets legislation today to coincide with an EESI briefing on the issue." And "The bill encourages safer streets through Complete Streets policy adoption at the state and regional-levels—mirroring an approach already being used in more than 490 regional and local jurisdictions, 28 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A federal provision will ensure consistency in policies and funding needed to support these local efforts and ensure safe streets in every community."
Please pass along this invitation to women in your life who are new to or interested in bike commuting, or join us if you’re seeking an open conversation about the ins and outs of bike commuting!
Dear friend and bike-commuter-to-be,
I know you’ve considered bicycling to work. Take the worry out of the bike-to-work experience by attending “Pedaling Professionally,” a panel discussion for women on the essential necessities to bike and be work appropriate.
Biking to work and maintaining a professional appearance presents challenges, particularly to women. In a recent blog post, Malaika Abernathy of the D.C. Office of Planning summed up the dilemma:
“As an urban planner in the District, I wholeheartedly embrace a walkable and bikeable model of urban life. I cheer as Walk Scores for the District’s emerging neighborhoods exponentially increase as bike amenities and services are introduced. I applaud our local pioneers who actually walk the talk by biking not only to work, but also to leisurely run errands and meet up with friends. I even smile with amazement when I see my boss, OP Director Harriet Tregoning, stepping into a meeting in upper NW with helmet and bike in tow (yes, I’ve actually witnessed her biking from our office in SW to points WAY north in the District!). So as I get amped to begin my own biking soliloquy, somehow I get stuck at the door looking for my car keys instead. I know, I’m a hypocrite… but a well meaning one.
“The reality for me is far deeper than just biking itself. It’s the after effects of biking that leave me perplexed. The sweating, the change of clothes and the showering at work all require a level of dedication I’m simply not interested in. For those of us who remotely care about maintaining a business professional appearance during the day, I ask you, how do you do it?”
The Pedaling Professionally panel is comprised of women who successfully commute by bike while managing to look suitable for the boardroom. The event will be an interactive discussion in a fun and encouraging atmosphere in which our panelists will share practical solutions for women-specific issues including – but not limited to – attire, gear, hygiene, and logistics. We’ll open with a mix-and-mingle and a display of bike-commuting gear before diving into our panel and discussion.
If you’re a woman who has already figured out bike commuting, or if you are a woman who is looking for tips on making it work, we invite you to join us!
Space is limited. Click here to learn more, and register.
Wednesday, June 26th 6:30 to 8:30pm Petworth Library 4200 Kansas Ave NW Washington, DC 20011 (202) 243-1188
Panelists Malaika Abernathy (moderator) is an urban planner with Washington, D.C.’s Office of Planning. Her post on the Office of Planning’s blog, Biking…a dilemma, was the inspiration for Pedaling Professionally.
Keya Chatterjee is Senior Director for Renewable Energy and Footprint Outreach at the World Wildlife Fund. She bikes to work every day from her home in the District using Capital Bikeshare, and often bikes to meetings on the Hill and around town during the day. Her experiences biking while pregnant inspired her to write the book The Zero Footprint Baby, and she is thrilled that her son loves being on a bike as much as she does.
Elizabeth Brooks Lyttleton is a mother of three who bikes with her kids to and from school as often as possible. Before becoming a full-time mom, she was the Assistant Director for East Asia and the Pacific at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars of the Institute for International Education. When she was working outside of the home full-time, she biked her kids to school before continuing on to work. She currently serves as a bicycle mentor for women (a Roll Model) in the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s Women and Bicycles program. She lives in Eckington.
Delores Simmons is a career Law Clerk with the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia who bikes to work from her home in Silver Spring. She is also a member of Black Women Bike DC. Delores defines her relationship to bike commuting as such: “My bikes are my therapy, a bridge to my social network, my freedom, and vehicles to growth and change!”
Harriet Tregoning is the Director of the Washington D.C. Office of Planning, where she works to make D.C. a walkable, bikeable, eminently livable, globally competitive, and sustainable city. In addition to regularly biking from her home in D.C. to the Office of Planning’s building in Southwest, she is often seen riding to meetings and events throughout the District.
Ft. Collins, CO, May 29, 2013 – Grab your bicycle, costume and friends: Tour de Fat is spinning into town this Saturday, June 1 at Yards Park. We are primed and ready for two-wheeled merriment, but still need one committed car-for-bike swapper to represent Washington, D.C. The chosen volunteer will trade his or her car keys for a fully rigged commuter bike and commit to one year of living car-free. Each swapper is awarded a $2,250 stipend to buy their own commuter bike and receives rock star status when the crowd goes wild in support of their commitment. To apply, visit: www.newbelgium.com/tour-de-fat.
At Tour de Fat, kids of all ages can ride funky art bikes in the bike corral, eat delicious fare, relax in the grass, and participate in games and activities. Everyone 21 and older can sample new and classic favorites from New Belgium, including Fat Tire, this summer’s seasonal Rolle Bolle, and selections from the acclaimed Lips of Faith series.
DDOT will submit a proposal to the CFA for protective devices for the Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes called the Zebra. "If CFA is open to the Zebras, DDOT will probably install them on a test block of Pennsylvania Avenue as a trial before putting them elsewhere."
The warm weather is causing something to emerge and it's not cicadas according to ABC7, it's bike thieves.
Shout it from the rooftops: "People who walk or bike to work are likely to influence their co-workers and partners to do the same, according to health researchers....married people were more likely to participate in AC than non-married people, men actively commuted (AC) more often than women and mothers were even less likely to actively commute....People who were comfortable with their bicycling skills were more likely to actively commute, as were those who believed they had a shorter biking or walking time to work. Believing that an employer supports active commuting and working for an employer who supports AC, living in a community that supports AC and believing that the community is supportive of pedestrians and bicyclists were all positively significantly related to active commuting. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the researchers found that lack of on-street bike lanes, off-street bike and walking paths, and sidewalks all negatively influenced active commuting. Difficult terrain, bad weather and the speed and volume of traffic along the commuting route were also significantly related to people deciding to not actively commute."
"the researchers concluded that head injuries were decreasing across the country at a rate that wasn't "appreciably altered" by the new helmet laws. Other rider health initiatives — namely, public safety campaigns and the introduction of better bike infrastructure — rendered the contribution of helmet laws "minimal"
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."
More on NYC, Citibike kiosks and controversy."Jane Browne, 42, who initially supported the program, said she had recently seen mice scurrying in the “corridors of trash and water” that formed between a nearby bike station and the curb." And to tie it in to DC: “Washington had at least one fistfight at a community meeting,” he said. “We haven’t had that.” (An official with Washington’s Transportation Department said she did not recall any contentious community meetings or significant opposition to the program.)" I think they're referring to this - which seems so bizarre now - and is so eloquently reduced to “Why is everybody so mad about this? Why is everybody so crazy?”
The Boston Cyclist Safety Report. That's no typo, cyclist were cited for speeding more than twice as often as drivers. And on the helmet issues, between 44-53% of cyclists in EMS response crashes wore a helmet. "It is unknown how the relatively low rates of helmet use among cyclists involved in Boston EMS incidents relates to the overall rate of helmet use in Boston. Convenience sampling of Boston cyclists observed at selected sites throughout the city by Boston Bikes and other researchers has yielded average helmet use rates ranging from 48-72%, although observed rates were significantly lower in some neighborhoods." Earlier in the study they cite the 72% rate as coming from a peak-hour study. This means primarily bike commuters. I suspect commuters are more likely to wear helmets, but I could be wrong.