Bike Maryland continues to work with a number of advocacy groups and leaders to bring bicyclists access to bring their bikes aboard Amtrak. Amtrak, working with the Virginia Bicycle Federation, has agreed to a test of roll-on bike service on the Capitol Limited from Pittsburgh to DC this Tuesday. Please note: all of the available bike racks have been filled on the test train but if you would like to see how the racks work, please join for the demonstration at Union Station. The Capitol Limited arrives at approximately 1:10 p.m. Champe Burnley, President of VA Bicycle Federation and a leader spear-heading this initiative states, "We're excited to have this opportunity to work with Amtrak to test roll-on service and look forward to increasing travel options for our citizens."
It's hard to tell if this is thanks to Capital Bikeshare or just the continued growth of bicycle transportation. The answer is almost surely both. Of course, the Census won't county many of these people as bike commuters.
Good morning. Too busy to read this. But if you want to summarize it for others, the comments are open.
According to DDOT, there will be no hooks or racks on DC streetcars, but cyclists will be able to bring their bikes onboard. Unfortunately their policy will mirror WMATA’s for bikes on the Metrorail, which will probably mean a rush hour ban.
InTowner wonders about the Council's desire to ban smoking near trails (sorry smoking bicyclists). Also asks "Having voted to penalize operators of motor vehicles for failing to yield to cyclists, why was there no provision for penalizing cyclists for failing to yield to pedestrians both on sidewalks and in crosswalks in the streets?" The answer is a bit of what they say later - this isn't a very big problem - but also that they have the law wrong. Both failures to yield are already illegal and carry penalties. DC is increasing the fine for hitting a cyclist with a car and adding points. Maybe the fine for cyclists hitting pedestrians needs to be increased, but we don't give points on a driver's license for non-driving activity.
"A boy riding a bicycle was hit by a car and critically injured Sunday evening in the Bowie area of Prince George’s County....Preliminary investigation indicated that the driver was unaware of the boy who was trying to cross the street,"
"A fan on her way to a Dave Matthews concert pulled over to help a stranded bicyclist, who turned out to be none other than the singer himself."
"A few years ago, What Would You Do?, an ABC-TV hidden-camera show, set up a situation where two actors posed as bike thieves in a public park, using bolt cutters and hack saws to cut a bike chain. The results were instructive. Over the course of an hour, a hundred people passed the white “thief” by with barely a glance. The black one had hardly gotten to work before a crowd of whites gathered around him, interrogating him, lecturing him, calling 911, even shooting cell phone video." [OT: Listening to Zimmerman's brother yesterday morning fret that someone might take the law into their own hands and behave like a vigilante - without a hint of irony - was a bit surreal]
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.
I really think they should make this an official ciclovia with events and programming. They close two major streets along the mall and all the cross streets for almost the entire day - something that seems to be impossible to do for even a few hours on a smaller section of road. Why not make this "Feet in the Street" and do the kinds of things New York does during Summer Streets? The hard part is already done. Sure, there will be security concerns to be dealt with, but I don't think it would be undoable.
Citizen volunteers are patrolling the PA Ave Cycltracks and reporting scofflaws to the police. "I think he sensed my general question of "why are you doing this?" (which I'm not totally sure if I actually asked) and he told me that he once got a ticket for running a red light and he didn't want bicyclists to run red lights any more."
NPR had a story on Black Women Bike:DC and Veronica Davis. "With Black Women Bike: DC, Davis works to change the perception of just who is a cyclist. It's not just spandex-clad weekend warriors riding 30-speed carbon fiber bikes. It's moms who want to ride with their kids. It's women who are training for their first triathlon. And it's utilitarian commuters like her."
Former County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, running to regain that office said that "Montgomery needs an “all of the above” approach to its transportation conundrum that includes more transit, bike trails, and lane capacity"
Why Metro wants to encourage more users to bike "64% of parking customers come from less than five miles away, and 47% come from less than three miles away." At stations where parking is tight, perhaps performance parking could help with that.
More coverage of 15th Street Cycletrack repaving - "There will always be open lanes for vehicular traffic and access for pedestrians. But there may be a period during the work when cyclists may not be able to access these bike lanes." And still more here.
Guess what? All the TV news channels have picked up the video of the red-light running cyclist getting hit by a taxi. Imagine that. That they would love a video that reaffirms the opinion of most people that cyclists constantly "blow through lights." Fantastic. Here's FOX and NBC. The stories are pretty even-handed I'd say, and for those wondering about the legality of this ride "DC Bike Party works in conjunction with police and DDOT in trying to make their meet-up events safe for everyone."
Earlier today "D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier will discuss the beating of a cyclist on a popular bike path, allegations of racial bias in marijuana arrests, MPD s summer safety plan and more on NewsTalk."
There's a TPB meeting tomorrow. They have a presentation on BTWD 2013 (from which the graphic below comes) - there are more registrants from Virginia than either DC or MD and Rosslyn is the biggest pit stop (not Freedom Plaza).
A 7-year-old boy was flown to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Monday evening after he ran into the side of a car while riding his bicycle on Papa Court off Security Road
Military bases - of which the DC area has more than a few - will become more bicycle friendly under rules identified by the new the United Facilities Criteria (UFC) for Installation Master Planning.
"The way this small group was riding was unsafe, absolutely unacceptable and not representative of the 600-plus other D.C. Bike Party participants last week who followed the rules and got home safely at the end of the night,"
More than 40 participants showed up at the Metropolitan Branch Trail last night to figure out how to reduce crime on the path."The two groups convened at Fourth and S streets, where there was a moment of silence for victims of trail violence and then a discussion about strategies to keep the trail safe for those who use it. Organizers said trail rangers will begin patrolling the trails next week. Security cameras will also be installed."
With pro-active involvement of an ANC representative, WABA and others, DDOT promises to repave the 15th Street cycletrack sometime this summer. Paving will cover the brick gutter, and the shy space may be narrowed to widen the existing cycletrack.
New York lawmakers support adding bicycle-baggage cars to some upstate Amtrak trains. "The lawmakers are asking Amtrak to add baggage cars that could carry bicycles on the Adirondack and Ethan Allen trains, which run from Penn Station in Manhattan to the Albany area, Saratoga and destinations in New York’s North Country and Vermont.....[Amtrak] said it’s working on retrofitting some trains with more racks and building new baggage cars with built-in racks."
Not to be confused with the Bike Party: “We had a little bike gang,” he laughed. “Not really a gang, but we’d all get together and just ride around on our bikes and get lost in the city. At one point there was like 30 of us just swarming down the street on bikes.”
"The first expansion of Citi Bike could be to Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods that are facing extensive subway outages to allow post-Sandy repairs on the G train."