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?
PG County presents the Southern Green Line Station Area Plan. "The site most likely to see revitalization in the short term is near the Naylor Road station, Gore said, where State Highway Administration officials appear ready to move forward with a “streetscape” plan to improve pedestrian and bicycle access. "
"WABA will not be providing a staffed bike valet this year, as we have
done in the past. The 2008[sic] valet was enabled by significant sponsor
support and donations of bike racks and equipment that are not available
to us this year without substantial cost."
As another defenseless road user, I find this a little disturbing "Weaver put a realistic rubber turtle in the middle of a lane on a busy
road near campus. Then he got out of the way and watched over the next
hour as seven drivers swerved and deliberately ran over the animal.
Several more apparently tried to hit it but missed."
Good morning. I was down at Canal Park for the first time in a few weeks. They recently added bike parking and I'm not kidding when I say that there is probably parking for 120 bikes at bike racks there. It sounds crazy to say this, but it actually might be too much bike parking. I can't imagine when it would all be used. Still, a nice problem to have.
State and local efforts to improve cycling in Maryland are paying off. "At the state level, transportation and parks officials have recruited volunteer and community groups to enhance off-road trails and create new ones. Maps and online services are being upgraded to supply more real-time information to mobile devices. 'We're getting close to producing a map of every single trail in Maryland,' said Steve Carr, a planner for the Department of Natural Resources." But communities remain underserved. And "the 20-mile Western Maryland Rail Trail will be extended another 4.7 miles from Pearre in Washington County to Little Orleans."
The 16th Annual Bicycle Symposium, hosted by Bike Maryland, has been scheduled for Feb. 27 in Annapolis.
"They'll drive their car home, and they'll wash the blood off, cover the car up and act like nothing happened," says Laurino. "It's incredible the lack of conscience some people have."
"Mayor A. C. Wharton Jr., elected in 2009, assumed office a year after Bicycling magazine named Memphis
one of the worst cities in America for cyclists, not the first time the
city had received such a biking dishonor. But Mr. Wharton spied an
Meanwhile, Arlington installed a green-painted bike lane yesterday at Military Road and Nelly Custis Drive. It's the first green-painted bike lane of any length in the area (there is small strip of test paint on a bike lane in SE). There is also a blue painted lane at Military and Nellie Curtis.
The Herndon Town Council approved bicycle facilities for inclusion in the Fairfax County Bicycle Plan by a five to two vote at their Aug. 14 meeting.
Google is bringing expanded mobile biking directions and navigation to its Maps for Android application, adding turn-by-turn voice guidance as well as new mapping data spanning 10 additional international markets.
BeyondDC tries to simplify the DC bike map. I would have included the Bluemont Junction Trail
An 8 year-old boy riding his bike was hit by an SUV and dragged for 50 feet. "Police say the boy will be okay because he was wearing his helmet." "Police say the boy was riding his bike near Old Mount Vernon Highway and Surrey Road about 6 p.m. Tuesday when the accident occurred. Authorities say the boy rode his bike into the street and the driver of the SUV was unable to avoid him....the driver stayed at the scene and has not been charged." I'm gald he was wearing a helmet, but clearly he's not "OK" since he was airlifted to a hospital, and they have no way of knowing what would've happened without a helmet.
You can see the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail in Red (and sometimes blue?) on this map. Although it also has Yards Park in the wrong place. This is from the Potomac Avenue Station, with the black dotted arc the distance away from there.
WaPo on BikePlanner. "There is a limit to what a map can provide. Only someone who travels through an area knows about a particularly steep hill or an endlessly congested spot. That’s where the hive mind comes in. BikePlanner relies on OpenStreetMap, an open-source service that is basically a map version of Wikipedia. Maps can be edited, and users will be able to draw on the collective experience of Washington bicycle riders to plan routes."
Game theory and track cycling. It's OK to go slow - or even stop. Sometimes it's good to intentionally crash. But never, ever, ever half-ass badmitton.
Ok, despite the fact that it's tied to the Premium Rush movie coming out in August, this is a pretty good article about fixed gear bikes, how they work and why people choose them. You can expect more articles about fixie's if the movie has any success and they may not be as good as this one.
A study of San Jose shows how high stress streets create islands of low-stress bikeability that are disconnected from each other, and how to fix that.
From an article on the Olympic atheletes who finish in 4th place (including Taylor Phinney twice) "In the women's triathlon, after swimming, biking and running about 34 miles, Sarah Groff gave two hours of all she had. While biking she said she "rode over" a Polish entrant who had fallen in front of her. Still, she ended up 10 seconds behind the bronze medalist." Speaking of the women's race, there may have been a tie for first.
Stockholm's congestion fee was initially opposed by 75% of residents. But then the pilot worked...really well, and so they voted to reinstate it. "Six years after the city imposed a congestion fee on drivers coming into the urban core, the sense of sanity in Stockholm’s streets continues to awe local researchers, environmentalists, and politicians." Oh, if only sanity ruled the land.