VDOT would like your feedback on the Bicycling in Virginia Map. Are you aware of any new trails, bicycle clubs, or other features we should include when we update our map? Have you noticed any typos or errors? If so, please submit your comments below to help improve our map, your responses will be kept private.
DCBAC has information about bike parking and CaBi access to the Mall for the 4th of July. There will be a parking area near the corner of 15th and Independence Avenue NW; a bike valet; and CaBi will run a bike corral at 10th and Constitution from noon to 1 hour after the fireworks.
Maryland SHA presented alternatives for a redesign of Georgia Avenue between 16th Street and Forest Glen Road. Several alternatives include "a 14 to 16 foot curb lane that could accommodate a striped bicycle lane."
I didn't make it to the BicycleSpace ride on Friday because my wife surprised me with dinner reservations and baby sitters but I bet it was a good ride with good ice cream.
The DC area bicycle heat map, based on data from cycling GPS devices. With this and the existing bike counters in Arlington County, you could almost extrapolate counts elsewhere (though it would skew to places where those who have (read:can afford and care to buy) such devices ride).
The DowntownDC BID and DDOT plan to double the number of bike racks downtown over the next three years. "the BID is focused on providing short-term parking in public space for visitors to buildings, shoppers, and restaurant patrons, while continuing to work with buildings to provide secure, commuter bike parking inside for their tenants. The first installation phase will begin in mid-July and will target the blocks between 6th and 11th streets because of the high level of use in this area. About 200 racks are planned for installation during this first phase, and the majority of work will take place overnight, except where adjacent to residential buildings or hotels."
Montgomery County Councilmember Robert Berliner is concerned that the MCDOT design for Old Georgetown Road between the current Executive Boulevard alignment and Rockville Pike does not include bike lanes or a sidepath as called for in the Sector Plan. "In order to meet the Plan's mode share goals, we should implement multi-modal, complete streets on the front end, not at the end stages of the Plan"
There was a meeting of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority on June 20th to get input on how to spend $190 million for transportation. "Perhaps the most scrutinized debate will be how many funds are devoted to transit projects, pedestrian or bicycle projects, and how much will simply be devoted to increasing capacity on the roads network....The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority will hold another public hearing July 24 at the Fairfax City Hall before adopting the final fiscal 2014 funding list."
"A plurality of MT readers (33 percent) picked the road lobby as the most effective in the transportation world. Public transit snagged 17 percent and the railroads took 16 percent. Don’t tell Dorothy Rabinowitz, but only 2 percent said the bike/ped lobby was the best."
"People using New York City’s new bike-sharing program have logged more than a million miles in less than a month." At this rate, they'll have had more total miles than CaBi by the end of year 1.
According to my neighborhood listserv, some bike thieves were caught after trying to steal a locked bike - they had bolt cutters. FYI.
Shane Farthing, executive directory of WABA explains how DDOT is organized and how that organization stiffles bike/ped projects. "DDOT needs to bring individuals with the necessary expertise to IPMA and, once that expertise is in-house, leave prioritization of project timing to PPSA planners."
More on the CaBi employee protest. “We know you have the power to do the right thing,” John Farmer, a current employee, said to Gilliland.“We’ll make it work,” Gilliland replied.
Bring your bikes (or tricycles) to American Way between Fleet Street and St. George Boulevard at National Harbor for the fourth annual National Children’s Museum CycleFest 2013. The free block party-esque event, culminating in a ride to the National Harbor via the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail will be on Saturday, June 22
In short, one should not take training rides at high speed on multi-use trails. But I don't know why we need to differentiate those who do so as another species.
"Montgomery County’s original plan for park trails called for trails the parks department could not deliver, so planners are crafting a new, more usable framework for building out the network and are asking for resident input.... the new plan will view trails as a strategic park investment, and will focus on shorter “loops and links” that are consistent with population density, community demand and feasibility....Montgomery County Department of Parks is scheduled to hold two public meetings; the first scheduled for Monday at the agency’s Shady Grove Training Room, 16641 Crabbs Branch Way, Gaithersburg and the second Tuesday at the agency’s Montgomery Regional Office at 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Both meetings will run from 7 to 9 p.m."
"Christoph Strasser, a 30-year-old former bike messenger broke the long-standing record in the Race Across America. He'd finished the race in 7 days, 22 hours and 11 minutes. The course has varied from year to year, but since 2006 it has begun in Oceanside, Calif., and ended at Annapolis Harbor.Earlier in the afternoon, RAAM managers, members of Strasser's crew and a handful of die-hard fans waited at the Mount Airy Bike Shop in Carroll County, the 52nd of 54 timing stations riders must pass through."
"Democrat Doris Matsui and Republican David Joyce will introduce complete streets legislation today to coincide with an EESI briefing on the issue." And "The bill encourages safer streets through Complete Streets policy adoption at the state and regional-levels—mirroring an approach already being used in more than 490 regional and local jurisdictions, 28 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A federal provision will ensure consistency in policies and funding needed to support these local efforts and ensure safe streets in every community."
On Saturday, the Arlington County Board will vote on a plan to add a cycletrack to Army-Navy Drive. "According to the county staff report, the project would reconfigure 3,300 feet of Army Navy Drive from S. Joyce Street to 12th Street. It would provide shorter and safer pedestrian crossings, improve pedestrian space and construct a separate two-way bicycle track. The redesign is also intended to make room for the future streetcar line."
Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda might stay in a tunnel. "a minor master plan amendment request filed by a property owner last month would offer the cheapest solution to building a station that would link the Purple Line to the Metro subway system and create a tunnel for the Capital Crescent Trail. It would allow the construction of a new tunnel — a separate tunnel — from the one that already exists and it would run under the Apex building and completely avoid the Air Rights building."
VDOT would like your feedback on the Bicycling in Virginia Map. Are you aware of any new trails, bicycle clubs, or other features we should include when we update our map? Have you noticed any typos or errors? If so, please submit your comments
"While advocates .. say more people are biking to work and more businesses have taken steps to make cycling to work easier, Montgomery and Frederick counties still rank below the national rate of commuters who bike to their jobs. About 2,200 people a day cycled to work in Montgomery in 2011, some 0.4 percent of the commuters in the county, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. In Frederick, some 165 daily commuters used bicycles, about 0.1 percent of the total. The national cycling commuting average in 2011 was 0.6 percent."
The reopening of the closed section of the C&O Canal Towpath wasn't just good for trail users, it was good for local businesses too.
"Monique Dykman, 20, of Arnold was riding the bike west on College Drive in a lane against oncoming traffic at 5:15 p.m. last Saturday, the sheriff’s office reports, when the bike collided with the 1995 Dodge Caravan driven by John Smith, 32, of Park Hall. Smith did not require transportation to a hospital for medical treatment."
This article about what it will take to make CitiBike succeed only makes me more confident of it's success. Basically, one time they didn't return their Velib correctly and it was stolen; and also SmartBike was too small. Related story - some business owners are upset about having a bike share station in front of their business. I suspect their tune will change when they see the added foot traffic.
Easter was historically a big day for biking. (And, it appears they used the Examiner trick of mismatching the picture with the headline, In this case "Natives Shot Like Dogs")
Neighbors are worried about how kids will access the new Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex in Fort Washington. One key connection might be the Henson Creek Trail. The trail will go under the new Bock Road bridge, which is under construction and is being raised six-feet to accommodate hiking and biking on the trail underneath.
"The findings from this paper indicate that while bicycle helmet laws are widespread and thought to be effective, the net effect of these laws on health outcomes is actually not straightforward. It is clear that there are offsetting behaviors and unintended consequences of these laws, and these effects need to be considered by policymakers."
One possible effect of driverless (and thus mistake-free and crash-free, so the theory goes) cars might be Driverless cars will increase the appeal of walking and biking. I think we're much farther from driverless cars than perhaps the cheerleaders think we are, but it's interesting to conisder how much more people would bike if they didn't think it was possible to get hit by a car.
"When asked to describe their bicycle in one word, many cyclists of all kinds use the word “freedom.” Nowhere is this description more appropriate than for the women who make up the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team."
Map of DC government bike parking. My earlier post on this was based on the current zoning regulations for bike parking, under which only 6% of DC government facilities would be in compliance if the law applied to them. Under the proposed zoning, it would probably be lower.
Cool, if somewhat indecipherable, DC bike map from 1896. I think WABA has a map like this on their office wall.
Thankfully, Richard Layman got a quote into one of these AAA "war on drivers" stories about why red light cameras should be supported. “On my bicycle I’ve been hit by a car running a red light,” says Richard Layman, a transportation blogger.
MV Jantzen has another map of biking in DC. This time using bicycle count data. Be sure to play with the picklist on the bottom to see how things differ when you look at helmet use or CaBi use. For example, the statistics tell you that 27% of cyclists counted were on sidewalks, but when you choose "% on sidewalk" you see that almost all the dark red ones are on bridges. Helmet use really goes down east of the river, perhaps lending support to the idea that helmet laws especially hurt the poor.
On Feb 13, the Rockville Planning Commission discussed the final draft of Rockville’s Pike Plan and a set of associated zoning requirements for the area along Rockville Pike from just south of Town Center to the city’s southern border. "The draft plan calls for a boulevard design on Md. 355 with more side streets, low-speed access roads and pedestrian crossings. It also seeks to bring new buildings closer to sidewalks and to break up the area into smaller, more walkable blocks...The new Pike Plan was prompted by concerns about traffic, accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists, and development interest near the Twinbrook Metro station, which opened in 1984, according to the draft plan."
Good afternoon. I find myself annoyed by terms like "finding a plan both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue can agree on". Why does anyone need Green Landing Nursery and the Georgetown Wachovia to agree to anything?