At the February Arlington County Board Meeting, WABA President Mark Blacknell testified on the issue of clearing snow from trails.
County Staff responded that they cleared 18 miles of trails including the W&OD, the Custis Trail and the Four Mile Run Trail among others. Jay Fisette asks if there is a more systemic set of changes that can be carried out to deal with the issue. Another councilmember talks about the communication aspect of this, and how to let people know which trails are cleared. Walter Tejada congratulates the county on their trail clearin during the last storm.
DDOT filled a lot of potholes, but many were not patched well - and not with cyclists in mind.
On the Fort Totten Metro "Anna Chamberlain, a DDOT transportation planner, talked about how streetscape improvements could calm traffic, making streets around the Metro station more pedestrian- and bike-friendly. DDOT is also working to improve connections to the Metro, as some areas lack clearly defined walking paths. The agency will begin designing a path connecting the Metro to the Metropolitan Branch Trail within the next few months."
Failed to report this earlier. CaBi set new one month records in April and then again in May, with 256,968 trips in month as the new high. Ridership was up 38% from 2012 in April and 31% in May. Though mileage data hasn't been updated since March, it's likely the system had it's 5 millionth mile in June. Trips per bike per month are down only a little from 2012, despite a nearly 40% increase in bikes.
Bicycle related crashes in Farifax County are up 25% from 2011 to 2012. That seems like a lot even if increased cycling is considered. I wonder if it's better reporting. "As part of their study, Fairfax County police also determined about a quarter of the bicyclists were not wearing reflective clothing at the time of their crashes. Police said they're teaming up with private cycling groups to help educate folks on how to properly share the road." OK, but how many of those crashes were at night? And did the bike have reflectors or lights? I often don't wear reflective clothing, and it isn't required by law.
WABA is calling on cyclists to attend the ANC 3D meeting on May 1st to support bike lanes on New Mexico Avenue. "The bike lanes will be about 1 mile in length from Nebraska Ave NW, continuing south to Tunlaw Rd. NW."
There's a planning meeting tommorrow night on the Rosslyn Plaza project (site plan below) that includes a bicycle and pedestrian bridge would extend over I-66 and the GW Parkway from an esplanade to the Mount Vernon Trail. "Its feasibility has not been determined and will be discussed during the review of the PDSP."
One man puts Potholepalloza to the test. "Over the next four weeks, I will be biking all over DC to find and report as many potholes as possible. I will track all of the requests to see if and how quickly the potholes get filled, and how well." Is he a hero or just a man who hates potholes? Perhaps the answer is both.
LAB on Mayor Foxx. "Under his leadership, Charlotte has invested in light rail, a bikeway network, and a bikesharing system. The city’s Complete Streets approach to building a transportation system that serves all users is a model for the nation."
As presented to the Arlington BAC by County Staff (new information in bold)
1. On-street improvements - For the next couple months staff will be scoping out bike network improvements to two important north/south corridors: N. Harrison Street and S. Eads Street. Details have yet to be worked out, but both projects should include significant extensions of the bike lanes. The implementation of both projects will be contingent upon the County's resurfacing plans (and budget) for 2013. Preliminary layouts will be presented to the BAC for discussion prior to final plans. Final paving and resurfacing plan expected in March.
2. Construction of the new FHWA-funded wider sidewalks and buffer along S. Joyce Street under I-395 is largely complete and open for use. (Street lighting, signals and counting equipment are still to be done.) Public "ribbon cutting" to take place in March.
3. Short term safety improvements to the Rosslyn Circle area are complete. Deficient curb ramps at all the corners surrounding and including Gateway Park (except for three) have been rebuilt to meet current ADA standards. The remaining corners, NW and NE corners of WB Lee Hwy/Custis Trail at Lynn Street and NE corner of Lee Hwy/Custis Trail at Ft. Myer Drive, will be done in conjunction with the larger Rosslyn Circle project which is at 60% design and currently being reviewed by VDOT.
4. Washington Boulevard Trail Phase II - Staff has preliminary agreement from the Department of the Navy to renegotiate a new access easement that would reduce impacts on existing trees and allow the trail to be located further away from a streambed. Implementation of the trail is still planned to start in 2013.
5. Design work has begun on the creation of a short trail link in Bluemont Park between the Four Mile Run trail and Manchester Street near Ashlawn Elementary School. Construction is planned for 2013.
6. Planning work is about to commence on the design of a new ADA compliant trail linking Potomac Yard with the Four Mile Run trail. This multi-year project will involve the Four Mile Run Joint Task Force (JTF) which is composed of Alexandria and Arlington citizens and staff.
7. Staff is working with the NVRPA to get approvals to replace extraneous signage and markings with consistent and appropriate traffic controls along the W&OD trail. Implementation planned for spring 2013. Awaiting feedback.
8. Installation of Wayfinding signage along the Custis Trail will begin in February. First installations will be between George Mason Drive and the Lee Highway crossing near Cherrydale. Phase I will incorporate the entire Rosslyn-Ballston on-street network and the Custis Trail between Rosslyn and Ballston. Planning has begun for the next phase, which will include the remainder of Arlington's major trails.
9. Ten of the County's first automated bike lane counters have been installed this season. Locations include Fairfax Drive in Virginia Square, Quincy Street near Central Library, Military Road and Wilson and Clarendon Boulevards in Clarendon. Three new automated trail counters have been installed, bringing our total off street counter network to 15. Two more trail counters will be installed as part of the S. Joyce Street project (see #2). Staff is working closely with Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) webmasters to make count data available to the public some time in March.
10. 21 new bike racks were installed in December and January, including the County's first in-street racks (in front of the Java Shack).
11. Staff has developed options for keeping major trails accessible during ice and snow events this winter. One option involves utilizing County equipment and staff, another involves hiring contractors. If a plan is agreed upon to use one or the other (or a combination of both) there may still be time for snow clearing on the trails to take place this season. Awaiting County Manager feedback.
12. Staff is refining the design of the new Carlin Springs Road bridge over George Mason Drive. The new bridge planned for construction in 2014 will include 6ft wide bike lanes and sidewalks.
13. The intersection of the W&OD Trail at Lee Highway in East Falls Church is being redesigned to better align the trail, improve queuing areas at the crosswalk and improve accessibility. A related, but separate effort to reduce conflicts with turning traffic by changing signal operations, is also underway.
I believe this vehicle was paid for by Recreational Trails program money and is operated by UFA. Regardless, I was on the MBT today and noticed all the grass was cut and many trees (southwest of Rhode Island Avenue) had been removed.
While we're at it, what's up with that metal cage across from the Rhode Island Ave Metro along the trail that has been filling with rocks (and an old football) since the trail opened? Is that art or what?
A community group wants to turn the North RFK parking lot into a park with green space, sports fields and the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Offtopic a bit, I've long wanted to see the whole RFK property turned into Robert Kennedy (or Kennedy Brothers) National Recreation area, with many more sports fields,a velodrome, canoe docks, a smaller stadium for soccer, playgrounds, unprogrammed space etc...But that is an awful lot to ask for. This is probably less pie-in-the-sky).
"Virginia Bicycling Federation recently created two new safety posters that can be downloaded and printed. "Light up the night-Be Safe Be Seen" encourages cyclists to use front and rear lights and to wear visible clothing....The second poster has a more subtle message, "Don't be color blind-Same Rights, Same Responsibilities." It took a minute to figure out that "color blind" was referring to the red light signal in the image."
Virginia bill would make texting while driving reckless driving."Del. Ben Cline (R-Rockbridge) and Del. Scott A. Surovell (D-Fairfax) announced Wednesday that they had submitted a bill to make it a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by as much as a year in jail and a $2,5000 fine, to use cellphones while driving for anything other than a call." Sigh...it's progress. Another bill would require drivers to use "due care" to avoid hitting pedestrians and cyclists. No seriously, that isn't the law now.
Good afternoon. I don't know if they re-timed the lights, but I caught the green bike light this morning coming off of 15th onto Penn and didn't get a red until 6th. People used to complain about the stop and go nature of Penn, but I didn't have that problem today.
WABA and MoBike recently created a list of recommended bike infrastructure improvements for Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Bethesda and Friendship Heights. "Among the suggestions are to finish two incomplete trails in Silver Spring: Metropolitan Branch Trail and Silver Spring Green Trail." You can see a longer list of recommendations at the link.
MORE becomes a chapter club of the International Mountain Biking Association
The Federal Highway Administration has issued recommendations for “non-motorized” groups in its Traffic Monitoring Guide which could give guidance on counting cyclists. One nice thing about having CaBi, is that we can use it's data to get a good idea of how many cyclists are out there. Here's the best way to do that
When doing counts, just try to determine the ratio of CaBi cyclists to non-CaBi cyclists, the actual number doesn't even really matter.
Then use that ratio to determine the total number of cyclists every day. So, for example, if 1 out of every 10 cyclists is on a CaBi, and on Dec 2 there were 2000 CaBi trips then we can extrapolate that there were 20,000 total bike trips.
One flaw with this is that the ratio determined above is the ratio of cyclists on the road (based on time) not the ratio of actual trips. If CaBi trips are shorter than other bike trips then it would overcount total trips. But you could account for that two with some survey data.