My great-grandfather, John Ashton Garrett, the “boy mayor” of Glen Echo, apparently went to the mat against the State Department defending one of his marshals, Charles P. Collins, who had the habit of firing his revolver (however inaccurately) in the direction of speeders unwilling to obey his orders, shouted from a moving bicycle, to stop.
This is back when the speed limit on MacArthur Avenue was 6 miles per hour. Later it went up to 12. You have to think that cops probably tended to side with cyclists back when they all rode bikes.
Wilder will not be pressing a civil suit against Diehl after settling with the former cop's insurance company. In an email, he writes that while he is glad to see Diehl face some punishment, "he is getting off too easily."
"While we wish the charges addressed the intentional and successful attempt to harm a person rather than simply the leaving of the scene afterward and the harm to the bicycle, we are glad to see that some charges were brought," [Farthing] tells DCist. Farthing is glad the Council adopted last year's bill, but adds that there is still a gulf between charging a driver who hits a cyclist with property damage and not actual assault.
The old Post Office building along the Capital Crescent Trail is now gone. A new 5-story mixed-use facility will replace it. The article notes that "residents will have their own access" to the trail. I hope that doesn't mean "exclusive" access as you see at some gates along the trail. Move-in is estimated to be August 2014.
The Montgomery County Planning Department might amend the master plan to stimulate construction at the Apex building - where the Purple Line, Capital Crescent Trail and Red Line intersect. "Krasnow said a plan for that area is one that the planning department thinks would have tremendous public benefit. “We are recommending that this one not only be put on the schedule but that we start on it right away,” she said." If the buildings over the tunnel were to be torn down, that might make it possible to keep the trail in the tunnel.
Work begins soon on new bike path along MacArthur Boulevard. "The work on the eight-foot-wide, shared use path is expected to launch in mid-April and will last about a year." "This project encompasses the construction of approximately 2.61 miles of eight-foot wide shared use bike path along the south side of MacArthur Boulevard between I-495 and Oberlin Avenue. This project also includes roadway resurfacing, the installation of retaining walls, driveways, underpass lighting and landscaping." This project has been planned for over 10 years.
WAMU re-writes the Alexandria bicycle registration story. As noted in the comments yesterday, Alexandria is moving to end longstanding regulations requiring bicycle owners to register their bikes with the city, and pay a fee. "The need for local registration of something like a bicycle is probably no longer necessary," Deputy City Attorney Chris Spera says. "If an owner is concerned about his or her bicycle being stolen and being able to track it, there is a National Bike Registry that serves that function."
This isn't really news. We've known the M Street cycle-track wouldn't come until later this year for some time.
A map of states with dooring laws. Even Florida has one Virginia! Yeah, that Florida.
"The Town of Williamsport will use a $10,000 state grant to create a 1.3-mile circuit of bike lanes on town streets, with enough funding expected to be left to mark South Conococheague Street for cyclists down to a new park-and-ride lot to be built near the Interstate 81/Md. 68 interchange, Town Clerk Donald Stotelmyer said" This is to get people riding the C&O Canal to get off and ride around town. "Local businesses already have experienced increased business since the town added bike lanes in both directions on Potomac Street,"
The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that the MacArthur Boulevard Shared-Use Path at Glen Echo Park Environmental Assessment/Assessment of Effect (EA/AoE) is available for review. The GW Parkway branch of NPS will hold an informational "Open House" meeting on the EA at Glen Echo Park – North Arcade Room 202 on January 24 from 6pm to 8pm. Comments open today and will be taken through February 8th.
NPS and Montgomery County DOT are designing a realignment of an 800 foot long segment of the MacArthur Boulevard Trail in the Glen Echo Park area.
The route would be relocated from MacArthur Boulevard to NPS property, where it would parallel MacArthur Boulevard from Oxford Road along the northeastern edge of the Clara Barton National Historic Site parking lot. Heading southeast, the path would cross over an historic trolley bridge, located above Minnehaha Creek. Montgomery County would restore, to NPS specifications, the bridge for adaptive reuse as a shared-use path. Before returning to MacArthur Boulevard, the path would pass through a small parking lot on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land used via agreement by NPS.
This project has been in the works for a long time.
The MacArthur Boulevard Shared-Use Path Project is part of Montgomery County’s MacArthur Boulevard Bikeway/Lane Improvements Project that extends from I-495 to Oberlin Avenue in southwest Montgomery County, Maryland and is currently being designed by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT). The project was originally proposed in 2003 by MCDOT in order to “upgrade the existing shared-use path to current standards, promote usage, enhance safety for all users, and to improve the safety of bicycling on the MacArthur Boulevard roadway to better serve the experienced cyclist” (MCDOT 2004). Design for the project has been ongoing since 2003; however, due to a number of safety concerns with the original plans, including the narrowing of the shoulder in the vicinity of the intersection with Goldsboro Road, MCDOT approached NPS to see if it were possible to shift approximately 800 feet of the shared-use path onto the Cabin John Trolley Right of Way (Cabin John ROW) in the vicinity of Glen Echo Park and the Clara Barton National Historic Site
And a description of the trail and work
The shared-use path would be an eight-foot wide asphalt pathway with handrails for safety. The shared-use path would be constructed primarily on fill materials that meet current industry standards; however, a minor cut is needed along one section. The shared-use path would have a maximum five percent change in grade as per Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
A 15-inch reinforced concrete pipe would be placed under the fill to manage drainage that currently flows through an open ditch between the upper parking lot and the trolley ROW. Clearing would be required to remove undergrowth and trees that have encroached upon the Cabin John ROW and in the area between the upper parking lot and the ROW south of the bridge. New landscaping would consist of appropriate native trees, shrubs, and grasses. Signage along the trail and pavement markings would meet or exceed the current standard for facilities of this type, and would provide warning and direction for both trail users and vehicles, as appropriate.
The trolley bridge over Minnehaha Branch would be adapted and re-used to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians
The original design, which kept an 8 foot trail alongside the road, was one of three that were dismissed - in that case due to the need to build a long and tall retaining wall.
I'm not sure about pushing the trail across the parking lot, but I love the idea of restoring and adaptively reusing the old trolley bridge.
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).
More Agenda 21 opposition to bike lanes. 'The Republican National Committee resolution, passed without fanfare on Jan. 13, declared, “The United Nations Agenda 21 plan of radical so-called ‘sustainable development’ views the American way of life of private property ownership, single family homes, private car ownership and individual travel choices, and privately owned farms; all as destructive to the environment.”' I think we'd probably disagree on what defines "individual travel choices". But not all Republicans are against bike facilities. Check out Candace Miller in Michigan on this graphic. "Miller secured a $486,000 earmark in 2006 to help add a 14-foot-wide bike lane to a new bridge over the Clinton River, about 900 feet from her home. "People earmark for all kinds of things," Miller said. "I'm pretty proud of this; I think I did what my people wanted. Should I have told them, 'We can never have this bike path complete because I happen to live by one section of it'? They would have thrown me out of office."
Despite the hit the Met Branch Trail took in MoCo's latest budget, it is not all bad news "Leggett’s proposed budget calls for the continued pedestrian safety improvements and funding for projects such as $982,000 for the Frederick Road Bike Path, more than $8 million over several years for MacArthur Boulevard Bikeway improvements, and $3.4 million for sidewalks on Greentree Road and Md. 355 through fiscal 2014. It also advocates for inclusion of non-vehicular transportation elements, like sidewalks and mixed-use paths, whenever feasible for road improvements and new roads." The Gazette article doesn't even mention the MBT change.
The Bethesda Post Office, which backs up to the Capital Crescent Trail, will soon be closed, probably sold and converted into housing. "the project will include 7,000 square feet of commercial space, [and] 145 housing units... after the Montgomery County Council approved a development plan amendment Tuesday. The building will be set back 60 feet from the Capital Crescent Trail." Hopefully it will connect to and open up to the trail, instead of presenting a fenced off blank wall.
Calvert County is working on a new Road Ordinance. The current one is 15 years old. '[Calvert County Commissioner Evan Slaughenhoupt (R)] also asked if DPW had a standard for developing bike paths. Right now, the county follows the State Highway Administration’s policy, Carlson said, but it is working on an exclusive bike path design. It will not be used for the Dowell Road widening project, however, “because it’ll come up to the front doors of the people,” Sharma said.....The ideal bike trail standard would be like the one in St. Mary’s County that runs by the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Carlson said. “That’s how it should look.”'
I’m an Army veteran who rides in Poolesville every weekend. Along with my cycling friends, we drop a significant amount of money at the Chevron gas station, Bob’s Bikes, and the local gym kitty corner from the Chevron. My group is riding as we ramp up to ride from Pittsburgh back to Gaithersburg in October to raise money for wounded Soldiers, Airmen, Seamen, and Marines. I’ve been hit by a car in Poolesville with no investigation done by the police (even given suspect description, partial plate, make and model of car).
And another from Paul Meloan, president of the Montgomery County Multisport Club
the last thing you want on the MacArthur Boulevard pathway is me or my cycling friends training at between 17 mph and 30 mph. Those paths are all mixed-use facilities, open to people walking their dogs, kids, rollerbladers, and other slower-moving traffic. Throw cyclists moving at high speed into the mix and watch the wreckage. That is why cyclists belong on the roadway, even in the presence of mixed-use paths.
And considering the recent fatal crash on the Rock Creek Trail, which may have been caused by poor design or maintenance, it isn't clear the trail is safer.
Mark Scott found a request by cyclists that motorists give cyclists their share of the road too much to handle.
it will surprise you to learn that courtesy on the road is a two-way street
Which is, on it's face wrong. Cyclists weren't asking for courtesy, they were asking drivers to give them the space they're required to give by law. And then, in general it will be the wild west out there if people decide to drive unsafely around bad drivers. It'll be a race to the bottom. You're required to drive safely, regardless of what other people do. And other than yelling "look out" while passing, he never really identifies the discourteous behavior of cyclists. Even that isn't that discourteous depending on how it goes down.
He does pull out a lot of standard tropes. Cyclists don't pay for the roads they ride on (not true). He calls cyclists arrogant (without defining why. I guess riding in the road like a car makes them arrogant). They don't ride on the perfectly good trail right over there. He claims all cyclists are scofflaws.
when did you last see one of these law-abiding, courteous bicyclists actually come to a stop at a stop sign.
Last night, when I was on my way to dinner. I, and the lady in front of me, both did so.
He's also wrong about violations on bikes leading to points - you don't even need a driver's license to ride a bike. So he doesn't know what he's talking about.
So in order for cyclists to show respect they should: pay more taxes, stop at all stop signs, be more humble, and get out of the road and onto the trail. Once they're safely out of the road, he will give them respect on the road.
1. Obey the rules of the road: don't blow through stop signs and red lights.
This is against the law. But Mr. Core told me in an email once that when he's on a bike, he runs stop signs.
2. Don't zigzag in and out of traffic.
What does this even mean? Filtering? Legal. Passing slow vehicles? Legal.
3. Don't come up to cars on the right side and crowd to the front of the line at lights; wait your turn as we do.
Filtering, as I mentioned is legal. In some cases it's safer since it makes cyclists more visible - that's why cities are building bike boxes.
And if driver's truly waited their turn, they would sit behind a bicycle and wait just like they would a slower car. But they don't. They look for any opportunity - legal or not - to pass. So, in a sense, cyclists do wait their turn as driver's do - in that they don't.
4. Don't ride several abreast on the roads we share.
We've discussed this before. It's illegal in cases where a driver would legally be able to pass, but if not it's OK. And the alternative is to ride in a long unpassable line.
5. Don't ride on sidewalks, it is against the law.
Not in Montgomery County or any part of DC close to it it isn't. If I were going to write a letter to the editor, I'd look something like that up before including it, but that's me
So 3.5 of the 5 things he's identified aren't illegal. Having cyclists ask to be given the treatment they're legally entitled to and being told that they'll only get it if they adhere to a behavior standard that exceeds the law and, in at least one case, decreases safety is not a two-way street. It's one-sided.
And it always will be. When one person is driving a 2000 pound bullet and the other is on a bike, it's inherently one-sided. Driving a car means you have to show more courtesy to bikes and pedestrians - and the law even makes that clear.
A few weeks later, Jon Morrison wrote in to knock down the "cyclists don't pay for roads" canard. He also points out that Chris Core
contradicts himself, saying cyclists blow through stop signs and red lights, then complains cyclists crowd to the front to wait for red lights.