The Landmark Mall redevelopment in Alexandria isn't as friendly to cyclists and pedestrians as some might want. With Holmes Run Trail just north of the property, they're missing a real opportunity by not building a connection to it. A connection from the Trail alont Shirley Highway and the ramp to Walker street (with a small path to a bike parking facility at the Mall) seems like a no brainer.
Sigh..."The American Association of Neurological Surgeons reports that more sports-related head injuries in 2009 occurred on bicycles than on football, baseball, and softball fields combined." Which would be relevant if I knew how much time people spent on the activities. There are probably more gun deaths related to hunting accidents than to gunslinger elimination tournaments, but that doesn't tell me much about which is safer.
"A volunteer who often pedals more than 30 miles a day assisting hikers along a popular southwest Virginia trail is being recognized by the U.S. Forest Service."
Alexandria City Manager Rashad Young has proposed a FY 2014 budget that includes $600,000 for Capital Bikeshare expansion in 2014 and another $1,395,000 worth of expansion planned through 2022.
work to identify station locations beyond the initial eight stations will be
completed. The program will expand to Carlyle and Del Ray over the next several
years through a combination of funding sources include CMAQ/RSTP
funding, private (development) capital contributions, and
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) funding.
$500,000 for an update to the 2008 Bicycle Master Plan
$0 for the Wilkes Street Bikeway, because no more local funding is needed. The project should go out to bid this year
$1,317,602 for the Holmes Run Bike Trail upgrade, with work to begin in mid to late 2014.
$500,000 in 2015 for a study of the feasibility of building a tunnel connection under the
freight rail tracks from the Braddock Road station itself as
recommended in the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan. Completion
of the tunnel would provide a new station entry from the west,
minimizing the distance pedestrians must walk to access the station
from the west. Currently, pedestrians must walk south to the Braddock
Road underpass to reach the station. In addition, the plan
recommends studying a potential future pedestrian-bike connection
and a potential walking route connection to the northern gateway
$3,500,000 over the next four years for the Old Cameron Run Trail. This project will construct a shared-use path between Eisenhower
Avenue near Telegraph Road to on-oad bicycle facilities that link to the
Mt. Vernon Trail, addressing a major gap in the city’s proposed “Green
Crescent‟ trail system and ultimately providing a key link in the bicycle
and pedestrian multimodal transportation system.
$3,200,00 for FY 2017-18 for a shared-use path along
Backlick Run from Boothe Park west to the Fairfax County line. Once
complete, the trail will help better connect the far west side of the City
with the Mount Vernon Trail, and the existing trail network in the Ben
Brennan Park and Eisenhower Valley.
$1,000,000 for the construction of safety improvements at the Mt Vernon Avenue/Russell Road Intersection in 2015-16.
$500,000 in FY 2023 for design and engineering funding for
the construction of a multimodal bridge from the Van Dorn Metro
Station to Pickett Street.
$275,000 in FY 2014 for Safe Routes to Schools.
$7,870,000 for complete streets over the next 10 years.
$180,000 a year for shared-use path improvements and $10,000 a year for trail maintenance.
$350,000 spread over 3 out-years for bicycle parking at the city's Metrorail and transit stations.
$450,000 this year to construct safety improvements on the Mount Vernon
Trail where trail width and conflicts with vehicles make non-motorized
Preliminary engineering for this project began in 2011. A property
survey has been completed, and the next step will be to move the
project to the 30% design phase. Right-of-ways may be needed and
the plans for the Gen-On property may affect the project. Construction
is not expected to begin until at least FY 2015.
6 CaBi bike stations will have to be temporarily removed for the inauguration. "There were 199,127 trips and 221,809 miles traveled in October 2012. The number of trips decreased by 9.0% from September" But that's up from 123,497 trips and 140,402 miles a month in October 2011 - ~60% year-to-year increase in both.
The DC Council Committee meeting on bicycle and pedestrian safety mentioned this morning has been postponed into the next year. No word on the topless bars hearing.
A utility pole was recently installed on the MacArthur Boulevard Trail in Montgomery County - and also, continuing coverage of the war on everyone else. (Photo by John Kelly)
"Advocates for Holmes Run Park Trail are pushing to install mile markers along the West End greenway to quicken emergency response times." Rather than using posts, they might just paint the markers on the trail. It could help with emergency response or responding to assaults on the trail - of which there have been two this year.
According to a recent study the risks of walking, biking and driving are about the same for men - except for young men. "risks were similar for men aged between 21 and 49 for all three modes of transport and for female pedestrians and drivers aged 21 and 69 years," said lead author Dr Jennifer Mindell (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health). "However, we found that for young male cyclists between 17 and 20 years of age, cycling was markedly safer than travelling by car....research regarding the safety of cycling tends to be distorted by a number of errors which are found repeatedly in published papers and policy documents, with many substantially overstating cycling injuries and under-reporting pedestrian injuries." I can't tell if cycling is safer for women than walking and driving or less safe. But my boys are not getting cars until they're 20 (at which point, they'll just get jetpacks instead).
Alexandria's Beauregard Small Area Plan has a transportation strategy that aims to create a shift "from private autos to alternative, more sustainable modes of transportation, consistent with the City’s Transportation Master Plan." And, if successful should shift some of those trips to bikes. In order to do that the plan would build trails, bicycle lanes, sharrows, and bicycle parking while improving existing trails and slowing down car traffic on area streets.
The plan advocates
Building a multi-use trail on Beauregard between Southern Towers and Holmes Run
Constructing a multi-use trail on the north side of Seminary Road from Fairbanks Avenue to I-395
Constructing a multi-use-trail along relocated Sanger Avenue
Providing on street bicycle facilities on Mark Center Drive
In addition the plan would better utilize the Holmes Run Trail
When approaching the Plan area from the south, the primary bicycle route is the Holmes Run Trail. Trail improvements are currently programmed for the Holmes Run Trail, including the installation of a trail crossing at North Chambliss Street, improvement to the trail tunnels at I-395 and Van Dorn Street, and the crossing at North Ripley Street. A trail underpass was recently completed where the Holmes Run Trail/Eisenhower Trail crosses Eisenhower Avenue. Currently this trail lacks accessible connections to the Plan area. An off-street multi-use trail system will provide for primary north-south and east-west bicycle connectivity both within the Plan area, and to adjacent neighborhoods.
But it won't relegate cyclists to facilities
The slower design speed and urban context of the streets will encourage cyclists to “take the lane” on all streets where appropriate. However, on-street bicycle facilities on certain streets will include bicycle lanes to improve bicycle safety and provide a sense of security. This includes an on-street facility that will be built through the Town Center neighborhood of the Plan area. Roadway crossings are critical to the connectivity of the bicycle network and intersections will be designed to street the convenience, safety and comfort of cycling. Providing adequate end-of-trip facilities is a critical component of any bicycle network and especially in transit-oriented developments.
The plan also considers bike parking
• Bicycle parking in connection with public transportation and at major stops along the Transitway; • At homes and at workplaces; • At shops and retail centers; and • On public streets.
To encourage the use of the bicycle as means of transportation, off-street bike parking will be incorporated in the redevelopment. Bicycle parking areas are recommended to be located on the ground floors of buildings, close to activity to provide convenience and increase security. A combination of Class I and Class II spaces should be provided to meet this bicycle parking supply requirements. Class I bicycle parking facilities provide secure long-bicycle storage by protecting the entire bicycle, including its components and accessories against theft and inclement weather. Examples include lockers, check-in facilities, monitored bicycle parking, restricted access bicycle parking and personal storage. Class II bicycle parking facilities provide short-term bicycle parking and include bicycle racks at permit the lacking of a bicycle frame and one wheel and support the bicycle in a stable position without damage to wheels, frame or components. Class I bicycle parking is required to be provided at residential buildings, and a combination of Class I and Class II parking is required to be provided at retail and professional services uses at the school and at the fitness/ community center.
And, of course, the plan encourages expanding bike sharing into the area.
Residents are advised to continue to avoid any direct contact with waters in Holmes Run downstream of the Ripley Street fair weather crossing in the City of Alexandria. A portion of the bike trail on the north side of Brooke Valley Park has been closed due to the spill and emergency construction now taking place on site; however, trail riders may use Holmes Run Parkway. The City and Fairfax County are working jointly to address the two broken sewer pipes identified on Friday, October 7. The spill is currently contained; however, repairs on the broken sewer pipes will be ongoing.
Reportedly a group of cyclist riding on the GW Parkway this weekend - which is illegal - were buzzed by a diver. No biggie. Happens all the time. But then the car turned around, made a loop and came by again, passing the cyclists again and then, this time, quickly slamming on his brakes causing one cyclist to crash into the back of the car. The car sped away before anyone could get the tag #. The cyclist was taken to the hospital with a broken hip.
Though linked to earlier, here is the WABA post on the extension of the WB&A trail across the Patuxent and south to the ATTS. One plan to cross the Patuxent involves a 1 mile detour. Considering the distance people are willing to bike to work or errands (3-10 miles), a 1 mile detour will really reduce utility.
GM ran a set of ads targeted at college students designed to make cycling and walking look like transit for losers. It appears to have backfired and they have pulled the ads. I don't find it offensive, if anything it's a compliment and tacit recognition that younger people are interested in biking and walking. They're a car company; of course they don't want you to go car-free or car-lite. You don't hate a shark for killing, that's what sharks do. As is often misattributed to Ghandi "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." Coincidentally, this was just after the League of American Bicyclists named their bike-friendly universities - which included both George Mason and the University of Maryland at the bronze level (Texas got an honorable mention).
* The actual quote is "First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you. And that, is what is going to happen to the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America." and it's from a 1918 US trade union address by Nicholas Klein. USA! USA!
The new W&OD bridge over the Capital Beltway will open June 15th. They'll be a ribbon cutting at 10am.
GGW on complaints that some of Virginia's transportation money is going to something other than roads "If you're a demagoguing state delegate, though, why talk about real priorities when you can complain about something that constitutes 0.0023% of the total transportation budget?"
Yesterday was groundhog day, when Punxsutawney Phil came out of his hole, saw his shadow and declared an early spring. Today is my sister's birthday when she gets out of bed, sees her reflection in the mirror and declares herself still 29.
Who wants a trail in their front yard? Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, that's who. He sold 275 linear feet of his property frontage to Fairfax County for a trail along Spring Hill Road. At 6 feet wide it's more like a sidewalk really. The trail will "give pedestrians safe passage to Spring Hill RECenter, Spring Hill Elementary School, Tysons Corner and the future Metrorail Silver Line." Update: Apparantly he didn't really want it that much. Here is an article from 2006 (alluded to in the comments) about the long-running battle. The original offer was for $19,000, but he eventually got $81,000.
More discussion, this time at City Paper, about "why CaBi isn't being used EOTR" (and the since removed statement that "African-Americans... are averse to colder temperatures"). One issue that hasn't been mentioned is that the street-grid EOTR is just awful. Each little neighborhood appears to be turned at it's own angle, many streets don't go through and it all looks kind of suburban. DC really dropped the ball when they let it develop like that.