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.
NBC4 plays up the driver-cyclist conflict when talking about the "fallout" of the new safety bill, but really there doesn't seem to be any "fallout". No one really seems oppossed to it. Video below the bump.
There's an uncomfortable set of incentives to on the one hand tell people that biking is safe (so that new people will give it a try) while also telling people it isn't (so that they'll give more money to safety). I suspect that despite the rise in bicycle deaths last year - which may just be noise in the data - biking in America is safer than it's ever been in my lifetime. Nonetheless, America Bikes references last year's uptick in their letter to Secretary LaHood asking that performance measures for states include non-motorized transportation. "In 2011, motor vehicle crash
fatalities were at a 60-year low in real numbers, and a historic low in the fatality rate per vehicle
miles traveled. Unfortunately, bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are on the rise—both in actual
numbers and percentage of overall fatalities. In 2011, a total of 5,109 individuals were killed
while walking or bicycling, an increase of 11.7 percent from 2010. As a share of overall
fatalities, bicycling and walking fatalities increased a full percentage point, now making up 15.8
percent of all traffic fatalities."
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is hosting a public meeting to share plans for a federal transportation planning study that will focus on pedestrian safety for residents and multi-modal transit users at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE and Potomac Avenue, SE. The public is invited to attend and hear about the details of this study and future plans for this area. Representatives from DDOT and the project’s technical team will be on hand to answer questions.
Using a phone app and organizing themselves on the Washington Area Bike Forum, local cyclists create a winter biking contest called "Freezing Saddles".
More on the recent bicycle fatality in DC "According to investigators, the victim had a barbecue grill tied to his handlebars using a piece of twine. As he was riding, investigators say, part of the grill and a piece of twine got entangled in the wheel, causing the front wheel to lock up....While Alvarez-Benitez was found with a helmet, police say, it is not known if he was wearing it when he was thrown from the bike." [See a video below the bump]
Assualt with a bicycle. I've actually written before about how difficult this is to do and how it puts the cyclist at such high risk (falls can kill as the prior link shows), but I guess people out there are still stupid enough to try (and awful enough to commit hate crimes).
Politco has a story on funding Capital Bikeshare, but it's behind the paywall. "The red blur of a Capital Bikeshare bicycle whizzing by has become a Washington fixture, and now the company and others like it are taking a harder look at advertising revenue to keep it that way. After getting off the ground with federal and local dollars, Capital Bikeshare sees ad revenue as a way to move toward greater independence and sustainability. “If you can be independent and sustainable, then that’s the dream,” said Tim Blumenthal, president of the cycling advocacy organization Bikes Belong. Caitlin Emma has the story for Pros:"
Bike Karaoke, proving that everything is better on a bicycle?
Richard Layman on the Western Baltimore County Bike and Ped plan: "So in 2.5 years, or just over 3 years from the time I started, not only was the plan adopted but legislation based on it was passed within a few months of the plan's submission, and began being implemented more than one year before the plan was adopted. This is half the time that was required for the Eastern Plan."
You can see my latest post on the Green Lane project here. It's on the extended 15th Street cycletrack. And you can also check out this post on making a good neighborhood greenway, which is relevant for the discussion of what to do with Eye Street SE/SW.
A bicyclist was injured early this morning when two other men, who were fighting in the street, ran into him. "The man on the bike was [taken] to GW [hospital] but is expected to be fine."
It might be that the Caffritz property in Riverdale - that straddles a future gap-closing section of the PG County Trolley Trail - is closer to being reality.
The Silver Spring Transit Center, and it's section of the Met Branch Trail, are further delayed. ""We're still pushing to have this, whatever we do, done before the cold weather sets in," Dise said. Though he would not commit to an opening date, he suggested the possibility of opening parts of the facility while continuing to repair others."
If not New York City, what is DC like. Alan Sunderman argues Faranwalia, Guinea where many people bike despite being 99.99% black; and Alex Baca argues Montreal - because we use the same bike sharing system and we both have a lack of dedicated funding. Although I think Baca is wrong to worry that CaBi might go bankrupt or lack for necessary funding.
Fairfax County Parkway Trail still closed at Fair Lakes Blvd
This was to be the summer of bikeshare in NYC and a huge victory for the 40 year-old Transportation Alternatives non-profit. But software delays have halted deployment. "Any stumbles could call into question the wisdom not only of bike share itself, but of its underlying premise: that bicycles are a key part of the city’s transit system, an argument the group has made since the 1970s." Nonetheless, much of what the group once promoted as pie-in-the-sky has come to be.
Converted bike-advocate, Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), has suddenly decided not to run for re-election this fall.
In Milan, Italy a parking garage sued the city over the new congestion charge, which was working, but costing them revenue. "The ruling, which eliminated a charge of 5 euros, or about $6, to drive into the city’s core, was embraced by many businesses in the affected area. Environmental groups and cycling lobbies reacted angrily, saying that the ruling suspended what had been a strong effort to improve the air quality and livability of one of the most traffic-clogged and polluted cities in Europe. ...During the six months when the charge was enforced, traffic within the zone decreased by 34 percent and overall traffic in Milan by 7 percent, Mr. Maran said, noting that the point of the fee was to diminish the use of private cars. The money raised was tagged for more public transport, bike lanes and parking lots outside the city center." Maybe giving parking garage operators a cut of the revenue - at least for a few years - is a solution.
Good afternoon. I lost my wallet a month back and just yesterday found it in my mailbox, since I already paid to replace everything, I'm going to assume it just showed up this weekend. But thanks to whoever returned it.
So, yeah, riding with headphones is possibly unsafe (depending on if they're on and how loud they are) though I'm unaware of any research on it, but it's not really "hard to beat" as far as examples of bad cycling go. It's not even illegal in DC. But this letter-writer seems to have a very low standard for what is unsafe.
Riding in a construction zone? People seem OK driving in them.
Riding a CaBI bike? Totally safe, possibly safer.
Riding with a distracting child? People seem OK driving with them - though it's against CaBi rules.
Riding with a briefcase in the luggage rack? That's why they have the luggage racks.
Riding without a helmet? Maybe less safe, but also not illegal.
Riding around cars driven by humans? Well, that doesn't leave much does it
Oddly, Krisinger doesn't mention the one thing that is unsafe and illegal - riding a bicycle with more persons on it at any one time than the bicycle is equipped to carry. But most of what Krisinger is complaining about is called "riding a bike in the city." No wonder some people get so indignant about cyclists. They think they're maniacs.
Cyclist victim in hit and run on the Assault of Bicyclists Prevention Act: "Without this act I have been unable to find a lawyer who is willing and able to pursue civil action,"