A hearty bon voyage to DDOT's Chris Holben who has been the Project Manager for Capital Bikeshare since the get-go. He and his family are moving on to other opporunities and it is DC's loss. One can only hope that the future will allow him to pursue more acting in low-budget commericial videos. The man has a gift.
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.
Easter was historically a big day for biking. (And, it appears they used the Examiner trick of mismatching the picture with the headline, In this case "Natives Shot Like Dogs")
Neighbors are worried about how kids will access the new Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex in Fort Washington. One key connection might be the Henson Creek Trail. The trail will go under the new Bock Road bridge, which is under construction and is being raised six-feet to accommodate hiking and biking on the trail underneath.
"The findings from this paper indicate that while bicycle helmet laws are widespread and thought to be effective, the net effect of these laws on health outcomes is actually not straightforward. It is clear that there are offsetting behaviors and unintended consequences of these laws, and these effects need to be considered by policymakers."
One possible effect of driverless (and thus mistake-free and crash-free, so the theory goes) cars might be Driverless cars will increase the appeal of walking and biking. I think we're much farther from driverless cars than perhaps the cheerleaders think we are, but it's interesting to conisder how much more people would bike if they didn't think it was possible to get hit by a car.
"When asked to describe their bicycle in one word, many cyclists of all kinds use the word “freedom.” Nowhere is this description more appropriate than for the women who make up the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team."
I found this old DC directory from 1903. One interesting thing is that there are only 9 merchants listed under Automobiles (including the American Cycle Manufacturing Company, and thte Washington Electric Vehicle Transportation Company) and 64 under "Biycles and Sundries." A lot of these are just individuals listed by name (neighborhood mechanics?). But there are a few bicycle shops listed. These include:
Acme Repair and Bicycle Co - 1749 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
American Cycle Manufacturing Company - 819 14th Street NW
GPO Bicycle Repair Co - 33 H Street NW
National Cycle Works - 904 G Street NW
New York Bicycle Company - 424 9th Steet NW
The last two of those are, respectively, where the MLK library and J. Edgar Hoover buildings are today.
This is a pre-war publicity picture depicting marine paratrooper trials using a folding bike called "The Paratrooper". This picture was used by Westfield Mfg during and after the war in ads to promote their participation in the war effort.
"For several years war was brewing with Japan and the idea of a lightweight compact bike was being entertained by the US Military. Almost two Years before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the US Marines were experimenting with take-apart bikes and used a Westfield made Compax in Marine Paratrooper trials. These tests would lead to the Paratrooper name and legend. The fact of the matter is the U.S. Military never approved these bikes for paratrooper use. This did not mean the makers of Columbia bicycles did not give up on the idea of selling these bikes to the military. Many were purchased by the military for use on bases."
A friend of mine and I often kick around the idea of a book about the history of bikes in the military. Working titile: "The Bikes of War"
Some advocates think a bike fee may make sense. I would argue that cyclists already pay a sales tax on all their bicycle, accessory and service purchases. And sales taxes go to paying for infrastructure. So cyclists already pay a bike fee. The question is, should they pay a larger one.
At this link, check out the photo of the "Rough Riding Contest" at Meridian Hill in 1895. It's a bunch of cyclists on penny farthings. I think I see the next Dandies and Quaintrelles ride theme. Seriously, I want to know more about this, and does anyone know where the actual photo can be found?
It's funny I was just in a conversation yesterday about this issue (in advance of the Bike Summit). At AASHTO’s annual Washington conference, DOT Secretary Ray Lahood said that U.S. DOT was getting into the business of issuing its own design standards, instead of simply accepting the AASHTO guidelines. "Cycling advocates have long criticized the AASHTO guide, and the FHWA’s adherence to it, since even the most recent version doesn’t incorporate the latest thinking in bicycle and pedestrian safety treatments." They will still work with AASHTO, but they should also get more input from NACTO which has it's own set of standards (Which CaBi GM Eric Gilliland helped develop). This has the potential to be an enormous win for cyclists and cycling.
On changes in the law: Ordered that section 4 of article 10 of the police regulations is hereby amended by inserting after the word ''bell," in line 6, the words "(or, in the case of motor vehicles, a suitable horn)," so that the section will be as follows: "Sec. 4. Sleighs and other vehicles on runners shall have bells so attached thereto, or to the animals drawing the same, as to sound when such vehicle is in motion; motor carriages and all cycles, bicycles, tricycles, and carts for the collection of ashes and combustible waste shall have at' all times a suitable gong or bell (or, in the case of motor vehicles, a suitable horn), sufficiently distinctive from the bell provided for the fire department and ambulance service, so attached as to be readily sounded for the purpose of warning persons of their approach; and all cycles, bicycles, tricyles, and motor vehicles in motion between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise shall display suitable lights."
On stopping bike theft: Undivided attention is given the pawnshops, second-hand stores, and junk dealers by another detail. Morning reports are required to be handed in by those engaged in these lines of business, including descriptions of property pawned or sold, of persons disposing of the same, and other data. The reports of losses, by theft and otherwise, are closely compared therewith, and considerable property is recovered in this manner. Diligent search and studv are often required in identifying bicycles, a thief not infrequently interchanging the parts of several wheels.
On why police sergeants are needed on bicycle: it has been found advisable to exercise a direct supervision over the 60 privates employed on bicycles, who, owing to their advantages in riding a bicycle, could not receive direct and constant attention from the sergeants on foot. Were it otherwise the bicycle service would be less satisfactory and would not conform to the requirements and expectations of the department.
On pay for bicycle police: While engaged in making arrests bicycle officers of this department have suffered loss through their bicycles being demolished, and as the risk is constant and not due to ordinary wear and tear, I have to recommend that the allowance to bicycle sergeants and privates be increased to $50 per year each, the amount paid up to a year ago, when it was reduced to $40 per annum.
On catching speeding drivers: In Washington, where the paved thoroghfares are so extensively patronised by pedestrians, the difficulties attending education to the presence of motor vehicles are numerous. It has always been contended by this department that business wagons and fast-running vehicles should each be specificallv designated for ready identification, and that members of the police bicycle force should be equipped with the most recently improved tachometers. Through the earnest and intelligent action of the honorable Commissioners, regulations have been enacted which have stood the legal test
in the courts, whereby motor vehicles are required to be lighted at
night, to be numbered at all times, and to be locked when not in use.
To more effectually aid in the enforcement of these regulations, as well as those relating to speed, 36 of the bicycle privates have had
speedometers attached to their wheels, which has caused general compliance. This is especially true of the city section of the District,
where the improved thoroughfares are so inviting for speeding. Prior
to the adoption of the regulations pertaining to numbering, [the bicycle corps made 5054 arrests and issued 24,113 fines*]
On bike theft: In 1903, there were 743 stolen bikes recovered, up from 706 the year before.* At the bathing beach "There were three
bicycles stolen early in the season, from those loosely scattered on the
ground unlocked. I understand that all of these were recovered by
the police department. One arrest for stealing wheels stopped it."
There is a bit in there about the opening of the Carnegie Libarary at Mt. Vernon square, which included in the basement a bicycle room and a hall in the central building for bicycles.
Good morning. If you aren't doing anything a little after 1:00pm today, you can watch my satellite launch over on NASA TV. Blogging might be light for awhile.
See, even without the three foot law it's hard to pass without inadvertently crossing the yellow line.
Developers broke ground on Fenwick Station in Silver Spring. The building will back up to the future Capital Crescent Trail extension (should the Purple Line ever be funded) and will include a Capital Bikeshare station. Until the Purple Line work ends, it will also include a temporary walking and biking trail that will ultimately connect to the planned Capital Crescent Trail.
The Cafritz-Riverdale Park-Trolley Trail project continues to make changes.
CaBi serves as an example of how going big can often succeed where going small (SmartBike) did not. [Lesson for high speed rail?]
Part of Chris Dorner's rambling manifesto: "Cyclist, I have no problem sharing the road with you. But, at least go the fucking speed limit posted or get off the road!!! That is a feasible request. Livestrong you fraudulent assholes."