Capital Bikeshare will release more data to the public. "The data will break down CaBi usage by individual trips, listing when and where each trip starts and ends. It'll also identify which bike the trip used".
The good news is that a project to reduce MLK Highway from 3 lanes to 2 in the Seat Pleasant area may get re-funded. The bad news is the bike lanes added to it will only be 2-feet wide (though, it isn't alongside parking, which means no door zone). "The fully designed SHA project between Hill Road and the Washington, D.C., line to reduce lanes from three to two on both sides of the highway, add two-feet-wide bicycle lanes and build handicapped-accessible sidewalks has been on hold for approximately two years due to lack of funding, according to the SHA." This would go a long way to connect the Marvin Gaye Park Trail to the WB&A Trail.
Shawn Bradley's ginormous Trek mountain bike was stolen and recovered. "A random search of a residence by state probation and parole officials turned up the bike Thursday afternoon in the town of Murray, where Bradley has a home, police said. Joshua Carter, 34, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property and felony theft, Murray police Sgt. Brian Wright said....Bradley took up cycling because he needed to get healthy again. He had taken time off following his NBA career to let his body recover, but also packed on the pounds, ballooning from his playing weight of 275 pounds to 335....He's shed about 30 pounds of fat after making bicycling part of a daily routine. He's logged several thousand miles, including many "century rides" -- rides of 100 miles or more. Bradley also rode from Logan, Utah, to Jackson Hole, Wyo., last year. "It's changed my body (composition) and when I ride the bike in the morning, I want to eat healthy the rest of the day. It's a mental game I play with myself," he said.
WTOP reports that "Folks who bike to work are even worse off [than people who take public transit]" based on a study in Men's Health. The thing is, it doesn't say that. In fact, it says the opposite "if you’re one of the 3.5 percent of people who, according to the latest census figures, walk or bike to work—congratulations, you have a new reason to feel smug."
"Disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis was convicted by a French court Thursday for his role in hacking into the computers of the anti-doping lab that caught him cheating at the 2006 Tour de France. The court in Nanterre, west of Paris, handed Landis and former coach Arnie Baker 12-month suspended sentences."
The 2012 Rails-to-Trails Sojourn will once again be along the C&O/GAP route from DC to Pittsburgh.
OT: I noticed that one of the Executive Producers of The Walking Dead is named David Alpert. Where does he find the time?
This Sunday, you can bike or walk the newest section of the ICC and raise money for Special Olympics Maryland at the same time. As I recall, they did the same thing with the section of the ICC opened earlier this year.
With the transit benefit set to expire, will this be the year that non-drivers will be able to cash-out of parking? (probably not). "States like California have tried this, and, as it turns out, the program really does lead to fewer people driving work. As Shoup discovered, a “parking cash out” program motivates more workers to carpool, take public transit, bike, or walk."
In a rare sign of agreement between the parties, the US House and Senate unanimously passed the Ski Area Recereational Opportunity Enhancement Act which makes "it easier for ski resorts on federal land to receive permits for activities other than skiing. It is expected to boost mountain economies in the summer with the expansion of bike trails, Frisbee golf courses, zip-lines, rope courses and more." Enjoy mountain bikers - it looks like we're counting on you to singlehandedly put America back to work.
The 2.5-mile section, which will run from Needwood Road to Emory Lane with a connection to Muncaster Mill Road, is part of what will eventually be a network of 11.5 new and 3 miles of reconstructed 3d trails through the ICC corridor. The road itself is open from Georgia Avenue to Interstate 370.
The SHA said it will open more miles of trail as sections of the ICC east of Georgia Avenue are completed. The agency said the bike trails will eventually allow bicyclists to ride from the Shady Grove Metro station in Gaithersburg to the Muirkink MARC station in Laurel.
Work has begun on the half mile Redland Middle School Trail, which is part of the ICC project (but not the ICC trail). "Project officials say it will provide a safer way for students traveling between school and the Winters Run Community."
The last bridge path of the Wilson Bridge project is open. No ribbon cutting I guess. "A new bicycle and pedestrian path on the ramp that connects northbound Telegraph Road with Eisenhower Avenue in the Telegraph Road interchange work zone along the Capital Beltway. It opens access to the Eisenhower Valley for bikers and walkers who live south of the Beltway."
I've heard, but not yet seen, that the DC underpass of the Humpback Bridge is now open. The other underpass won't go anywhere for a long time.
The last launch of Discovery is scheduled for today. This is the only shuttle I saw launch in person [I used to work on the shuttle program, and this was also the first shuttle who's software I checked. It was OK as I recall.]
The ICC trail is not built yet, but in the photo to the right, you can see where the bridges include the ICC trail sections.
Mayor Gray's transition team has issued an Economic Development report. The transportation section focuses on "making it easier for people to drive in and out of the District." It doesn't mention bicycles.
With TBD experiencing massive cuts, will that mean a loss of TBD on Foot, which did a great job of covering cycling issues?
Jacque Patterson, candidate for District Council, was in a live chat on GGW. He has his appointment to the Bicycle Advisory Council on his resume, but I never remember seeing him at a single meeting. Nonetheless, on the design of the Giant in ward 8 he says "We could have done a much better job in the design of the Giant to make it more pedestrian and bike friendly. In the future, we need to ensure that we take those thoughts into consideration." And on bicycling in general he talks about "Connecting Anacostia Park with bike lanes along Suitland Parkway" and "The putting in of bike lanes to this point haven't had great community outreach. To that point, I don't believe residents and businesses don't want bike lanes, they want to be included in the discussions of where and how they will be put in. I think that's true East of the River and anywhere that bike lanes are planned....We move forward by having DDOT reach out to ANC's during the planning phase and take into considerations the "great weight" that is afforded to ANC Commissions to set the tone of the conversations."
We've had some nice weather this week. I was biking in short sleeves on Monday.
And that nice weather resulted in higher trail use, according to counts from the Custis Trail.
The CCT's River Road trail plaza seems like, after a decade of false starts, it is finally ready to break ground. "The project is estimated to cost up $150,000 and the coalition has committed $75,000, Tripp said. The other half of the money will be raised from donors....An adjacent business owner offered to fund improvements to the trail near River Road in exchange for free parking on the county-owned land, Gray said. The owner never followed through with his offer and has since relocated his business.....Once a stormwater management permit is obtained, a hearing with the Planning Board will be scheduled."
WABA Board Member Mark Blacknell writes about the importance of sharing the road. "You know that’s who’s in the car behind you, the bike next to you, or crossing the street in front of you, right? A human being. It could be your neighbor, your lawyer, or the guy that makes your sandwiches at lunch."
When the ICC opens, it will include a section of trail according to Melinda Peters, ICC Director. I'm guessing it's the 3.3 miles of "path" in Contract A or the "2.7 miles of new bike paths, with additional bike facilities located along MD 182 that will improve access to Layhill Local Park and Northwest Branch Parks." in Contract B. Has anyone seen this trail/path or been on it? We should go and ride it on opening day.
Last night was the "inaugural" Alexandria Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meeting.
This year's Congressional Bike Ride will be in honor of Gabby Giffords. Maybe more than two congress members will show up.
The Montgomery County Planning Department is backing bike sharing for traffic mitigation as part of the White Flint Redevelopment Program. "We recommend that development of a bike sharing system in the White Flint area be incorporated in this project. This system would be similar to, or an expansion of, the Capital Bikeshare system in Washington DC and Arlington. The County has explored development of such a system both independently and through participation in the unsuccessful MWCOG TIGER II grant application during Fall 2010. We believe that such a system would also be appropriate in Bethesda and Silver Spring, where we already have higher levels of bike usage. Bike sharing stations could become a logical component in transportation mitigation programs for developers in these areas, although the County must first establish a basic and successful system upon which the private sector could expand. While the project budget would likely not be sufficient to actually implement a successful bikesharing project (estimated at about $300K for any one of the three candidate areas), it can provide the functional, legal and administrative groundwork for the project."
Comparing year-to-year count data on the Custis trail shows either a 1.8%, 8% or 11.2% increase, depending on how you do it. "the highest ridership day of all was actually Saturday, Oct 30, 2010 with over 1,600 cyclists. This number was clearly an anomaly; ridership was skewed by the Stewart/Colbert rally on the mall."
The ICC will open on Feb 22. If there is a schedule for when the ICC trail will be built and opened, it is a well kept secret. There is almost no mention of the trail on the ICC project site.
The three feet passing bill was unanimously approved in the Virginia Senate. One of the House members who voted against it in the 5-4 vote that killed it on that side has said he will vote FOR the Senate version. Things are looking good.