The Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is still looking for volunteers for documentation project counts Thursday July 11th (5-7pm) and SaturdayJuly 13th (12-2pm). Go to their webpage for additional information: www.bicycle.alexandria.va.us/
Surprise! Bike share in NYC is a big success. Though ABC got a little confused on the facts in DC. "Washington D.C. began its program in 2008 with 120 bikes and 10 stations. It has expanded to 1,800 bikes and more than 200 stations." And despite trippling bike parking in Boston, it can't keep up with demand.
I had a dream that they finished the Met Branch Trail in DC, but as an art installation, they added a ninja along the trail that would try to kill you as you rode by. So, you had to go fast. I remember thinking "I support the arts, but this is a bad idea." Now that I'm awake, I stand by that position.
Stabbing on the Four Mile Run Trail. "A witness say the woman was walking alone near Glencarlyn Park at about 11 a.m. when a man jumped out of the bushes, grabbed her from behind and began attacking her with the knife."
Details on last week's drunken driver on the W&OD Trail incident. "An intoxicated McLean woman drove at high speed for five miles down a popular Northern Virginia recreational trail Saturday night, sending trail users scrambling for safety before the car struck and seriously injured a bicyclist, police said." She's been charged with drunken driving and felony hit-and-run. "Police have not named the [victim], and a police spokeswoman did not know his condition Sunday afternoon." She was reportedly going 50 mph. She lucky that more people weren't hit.
Sen. Rand Paul uses his love of biking to bolster his claim that "Republicans care just as deeply about the environment as Democrats." [But isn't planting a Sequoia in Kentucky actually equivalent to planting an invasive species]
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."
The Washington, DC bike counter project is in trouble. "With just four days left on the kickstarter, Khawarzad and his co-inventor, Ted Ullrich, have raised less than 20 percent of their goal. For those unfamiliar with the Kickstarter model, here’s what that means: If they don’t reach their $50,000 goal, they don’t get to keep any of the $9,809 pledged so far."
I went to see Donald and Ivanka Trump talk at the Washington Post today. He's exactly the same in person (all superlatives, arrogant etc..) but less crazy and more charming. Ivanka might have a future in politics if she wants one. She's very good at staying on message.
CaBi set a new one-day record - 9854 trips - yesterday.
The proposed path would be begin at the Frederick MARC station, where bikes would share the road with cars. It is possible that the bikes on the road could be a traffic concern, Gammon said; however, traffic is so slow in that area that he did not think the shared lane would affect drivers.
The path would connect to secondary pedestrian trails at Fifth and Seventh streets, giving bikers an alternate route if they wanted to avoid biking with cars downtown.
At Fifth Street, where there is more space along the road, the trail will become a dedicated bike lane.
The design had several safety features including raised crosswalks and "bike boxes," which help bikers make left turns by putting them ahead of traffic at intersections.
The biggest safety feature would be a new bridge over Md. 26 at Clemson Corner.
“Yeah, he’s really pissed off,” says Escobar. “The docks block our access to the roof that we need access to for our AC unit. We don’t have access to the roof from the inside, so we have to use a ladder, which is now going to have to go over the docking stations.”
“My main concern is garbage,” says Kolesnyk. “With more people comes more garbage. But I am green-oriented, so at the same time I think the bikes are a big advantage for New York City.”
The DC Tune-Ups Bicycle Choir is seeking singers and musicians for our May 2013 performance at Bike to Work day! The Tune-Ups is a light-hearted singing group that performs songs related to bike commuting each year at the downtown bike-to-work day event in May. The Tune-Ups have sung such favorites as "I'm a Commuter", and "Bike Commuter dreamin". This year's performance will be on May 18th at Freedom Plaza.
There will probably be about 4 or 5 rehearsals during the months of March/April/early May. Anyone interested should contact Heidi Goldberg at go.heidi at gmail. You don't have to be a great singer to be part of the fun! Feel free to tell your friends and colleagues who might be interested.