Tomorrow night, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Gallaudet University – Chapel Hall, 800 Florida Avenue NE.
the study will evaluate safety, streetscape, and operational enhancements to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists while ensuring all users have safe access within and through this important corridor.
If you bike through this area, you should go or add to the interactive map here.
"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."
More MBT attack follow-up here. WABA's planning a safety walk. And those cameras DC installed? Almost entire for show. It's clear we're going to need an Enforcement Droid* 209.
The complete history of road lanes and how cyclists got kicked out of them. Long, but good. "The UVC therefore gave bicyclists the superficial appearance of being drivers, but without the right to use travel lanes like drivers. Although a travel lane is intended for a single line of vehicles, bicyclists were told that they could not use travel lanes like real drivers. Bicyclists were told they had to ride at the right edge and if they strayed from the edge, they were doing so at their own peril. Bicyclists were now officially second-class road users."
"Crashing without a helmet exposes the head to accelerations and forces – or loads - up to 9.5 times greater than with a helmet and so greatly increases the risk of head, skull and brain injury, according to a detailed biomechanical study published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention."
Because only rich people live and work in Manhattan and Brooklyn and only poor people live in the other bouroughs, bikeshare is part of the dividing of people into haves and have nots leading to a dystopic future from out of a sci-fi novel. Or something.
A bicyclist was severely beaten late Tuesday afternoon on the Metropolitan Branch Trail, which runs through the District from Union Station to Silver Spring. The trail has been the scene of attacks on cyclists in the past.
The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. near Third and R streets NE. Police listed it as an aggravated assault and said the victim suffered wounds that were serious but not life-threatening.
The man, who was in his late 30s, was covered with blood, with his left eye swollen shut, when a woman came upon him at Third and R. She said people were gathered around, urging him to remain awake while awaiting an ambulance.
It appeared, the woman said, that he had not been robbed. His bicycle was next to him. She said he was asked whether the attackers had said anything, and he indicated that they had not.
“Apparently they grabbed and beat him,” she said.
The woman said police appeared quickly, but apparently no arrests were made.
The biker, a white male from Silver Spring, Md., was approached by a suspect who punched him and knocked him off his bicycle.
He was then kicked and punched by 14 additional juveniles, according to police
A witness adds
Apparently he was beaten by a fairly large group of African American teenagers that I passed on the trail near the bridge near Florida Avenue. Apparently they beat this biker, a Caucasian male who looked to be in his 50s, for no reason.
In one version of the police account, the victim said the other youths ran over and “kicked and punched him multiple times.” But the man also told police that he wasn’t sure if the other youths participated in the attack or tried to pull the first youth off him.
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a 6-year financial program that describes the schedule for obligating federal funds to state and local projects. The TIP contains funding information for all modes of transportation including highways and HOV as well as transit capital and operating costs. State, regional and local transportation agencies update the program each year to reflect priority projects in the CLRP.
If we look at when projects are funded, it can give us an idea of DDOT's current scheduling
Anacostia Riverwalk Trail - funding is all in FY 2013 which makes it seem it will be completed this year
Klingle Trail - Construction in 2014
South Capitol Street Trail - Construction in 2014
Rock Creek Park Trail - Construction in 2015 - This facility is under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. This 12.6-mile project is designed to relieve congestion and reduce user accidents by widening the trail throughout the District of Columbia, including constructing a new trail along P Street to Pennsylvania Avenue along Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway. Replacement of the low water bridge at Porter Street and construction of a bike trail along feeder roads that connect to the adjacent neighborhoods have been completed. In addition, the TEA-21 High Priority program [Section 1602 No. 547] includes funds to provide enhanced recreational trails (e.g. bike trail maintenance) along Rock Creek Park.
Metropolitan Branch Trail - L &M Street and Fort Totten sections. Planning in 2013-14, Construction in 2015-16
New York Avenue Trail - 2013-2018, with construction in 2016 [Coincidentally, City Paper just mentioned this trail here - "Millstein says he wants to make Hecht’s a “dual-threat site” that caters to both the commuter corridor and the adjacent neighborhood. The latter “threat” could deliver some of the most intriguing developments, particularly on the transportation front. Millstein says Douglas plans to help bring an off-street bike trail to New York Avenue"]
Oxon Run Trail Restoration - Construction in 2016-18
In addition there are other projects that have bike elements to them, some of the highlights are
The Long Bridge Integrity and Capacity Study has a note that "Adding a bike-pedestrian connection should be considered also"
The 16th Street Corridor Study in 2013 will consider a bike lane between Florida and Arkansas Avenue.
Great Streets program on Georgia, Pennsylvania and Minnesota Avenues may have bike lanes
Theodore Roosevelt Bridge Rehabilitation - Scheduled for 2015 has improving bicycle access as a goal.
If you're wondering about the building going up along the Met Branch Trail at V Street, it's the Carlos Rosario School, a three story public charter school focusing on workforce development. The construction project is scheduled to be completed in mid-August.
University of Maryland students who hand in their commuter parking permits to DOTS can now receive a free bike and a refund worth 25 percent of the permit’s initial cost."The percentage of faculty, staff and students without commuter parking permits has grown to nearly 60 percent — up from less than 20 percent in 2005 — and DOTS officials are hoping to reduce the number even more. DOTS will give a brand-new, $200 Fuji hybrid bike along with a helmet, lights and U-lock to students who pledge to turn in their parking registration and agree to become ineligible for parking during the next academic year...“I want to get more people who don’t bike or who don’t bike regularly to consider it as a transport option,” Malone said. “People have already inquired. … We have 20 bikes, so this is available while supplies last.”Interested students must also take a 30-minute bike safety class with Michael Levengood, bikeUMD bicycle coordinator."
Canal Place in Cumberland is trying to establish a trailhead for the Great Allegheny Passage at the eastern edge of the Western Maryland Railway Station. “We are at mile zero for the towpath. We’re the midway point between Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh. We need a nice trailhead,” The trailhead will include new signs, disabled access, two shelters, bike racks and benches. Ritchie has secured a meeting with CSX officials to try to establish an easement or memorandum of understanding that would allow Canal Place to utilize the railroad bridge that is currently off limits.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) held a public meeting to give residents an opportunity to view and discuss conceptual plans for safety improvements at the Blair Road, Cedar Street, and 4th Street, NW intersection. I'm not sure what these improvements are, and found out about this after the April 30th meeting, but one would hope they would address the Metropolitan Branch Trail which passes through the intersection.
As seen in the 2004 trail options drawing below, the trail approaches the intersection from the south as both a shared road (red dashed line) and a shared use path (blue line) and the intersection is "to be addressed with special measures." Perhaps these conceptual plans will include these measures.
On why the M Street and L Street projects were decoupled: "These projects have lots of pieces. We have limited staff working on them. That's really all we can handle -- one at a time," said Mike Goodno, who oversees bike lanes for the D.C. Department of Transportation.
And then check out this refreshingly reasonable response from AAA's John Townsend, maybe he truly is giving up the "war" rhetoric of the past. "'We think the [cycling] trend is here to stay. ... Motorists have to become more sensitized to the presence of cyclists," Townsend said, adding that he would like to see D.C. invest more in roads. "We're not adding any more capacity for automobiles, and that is a great concern for many motorists."'
A problem unique to L.A.: It has a bright green bike lane is on a street film crews like to film on. "the bright green of the bike lane is costly to erase if you're filming, say, a scene that takes place in the 1940s and you don't want a bright green bike lane running down the middle of your shot. It can't be lifted out of film by the usual post-production technique known as chroma keying, and it is more expensive to remove than other greens. And it's not just the street that needs to be color-corrected. Under the bright lights used for filming, the green bounces off the street and tints everything it touches, including actors' faces" But filming companies are being pretty reasonable, they want it painted another color. "There may not be 50 shades of green that will work for both bicyclists and moviemakers. But surely there is one."
A natural combination? The Portland Art Museum is teaming up with the World Naked Bike Ride. "For the museum, its new exhibit "Cyclepedia" is opening -- a collection of 36 weird and wonderful bikes highlighting innovative design through the decades....And so it is on June 8, cyclists in various stages of undress will meet at the museum. They'll get a special deal to see "Cyclepedia" from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., when the ride begins: The price of admission to the show is $1 per item of clothing. That means no clothes -- no charge." The Portland Art Museum is featured in this not-particularly-funny sketch from Portlandia.
Evil Washcycle wonders if the reduction in VMT over the last decade is thanks to the growth of GPS devices that help people take the most efficient route and get lost less often. Being evil, he'll start to say it's true regardless of the answer.
Ribbon cut at Columbia Circle Plaza. Project built bike lanes on Mass Ave and a small section of the Met Branch Trail.
Delaware celebrates their 5th most bike friendly state ranking. “Other states are going to be beating down the door to get in front of us and it’s going to be very hard to maintain,” she added. “Right now we have good leadership but the pressure needs to stay on.”