The White Flint Mall is being demolished. In the process they have closed - for how long we do not know yet - hopefully not long - the north/upper entrance to White Flint Community Park, located just behind the mall. This park provides a safe route along community roads to Beach Drive and points South and East.
After contacting someone at Lerner, I heard back that ""The ring road will be closed from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for safety reasons along the demolition site perimeter. The demolition is scheduled between 7:00 a.m. and 7 p.m. consistent with Montgomery County Code, Monday through Friday (with the exception of national holidays) . The roads will be open on Saturday and Sunday, and all observed holidays." Admittedly I would have been less upset if they had a sign near the lower end of the park so I wouldn't have found out that I couldn't go on after I had made it up the top.
As this is my regular commute route I hope to keep updating the community on the state of the roads in the area regularly.
At a recent meeting with the Bicycle Advisory Council's Safety and Education committee chair, Jennifer Halperin, DDOT’s bicycle safety education specialist announced that DCPS, in a partnership with DDOT, will be introducing universal bicycle safety education for 2nd graders.
DDOT will provide bikes for the program and the education curriculum is being developed by DCPS for incorporation into their physical education classes. In addition, DCPS will be adding balance bikes to their inventory of school playground equipment.
This program will be in addition to, not in place of, the education services that WABA provides (safe routes to school, bicycle ambassadors and adult education) for DDOT. WABA currently provides bicycle safety education to 3rd graders at some schools, but the new program will cover more students and with a different curriculum.
This was. coincidentally, one of the subjects discussed - and universally supported - in the District's recent Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Working Group meetings, so it's good to see it happening before the report from that is even out.
In addition, though somewhat unrelated, Halperin said that bicycle repair kits are being placed in Recreation Centers throughout the district by the Department of General Services with the assistance of Gearin’ Up Bicycles.
Actually they said they were "committed to improved #GWMP access through @bikeshare" which is funny since bikes aren't allowed on the GWMP. But anyway, this morning WAMU's Martin Di Caro reported that plans to add bikeshare stations along the Mt. Vernon trail adn areas nearby were in jeopardy.
The Arlington Cemetery Metro station, the Air Force Memorial, the Pentagon entrance at Army Navy Drive, the Roosevelt Island entrance, Rosslyn Circle, Gravelly Point and two stations at Reagan National Airport would all get Bikeshare docks under the plan.
But now sources inside Arlington County government say the National Park Service wants out. The agency is asking Arlington to find other places to put the Bikeshare stations because it no longer wants them. It is unclear why, and Park Service officials were not available for comment.
But then NPS tweeted
We're committed to improved #GWMP access through @bikeshare. Working with @ArlingtonVA to implement stations. Claims to contrary are false.
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."
Montgomery Parks invites you to provide comments on the
Countywide Park Trails Plan at one of two open-house style
meetings. You’ll have the chance to learn more and provide input
on recommended amendments to the Countywide Park Trails Plan.
Planners from M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks will be on hand to
explain strategies to increase the number of park trails in the
County’s urban areas and to explain what Montgomery Parks
believes it can deliver in coming years. Input from the public on how
to make the plan easier to implement and more sustainable are
Preliminary plan recommendations will be presented at the meeting. Staff will be seeking feedback on
the new plan framework and ways to make the plan simpler while also meeting the needs of trail users.
The plan amendment will also identify strategies to add trails to more populated areas in the county.
For additional information about the project go here.
In high school we had to write a short story. Mine had the smae basic plot as the new movie "The Purge." I got a C.
The DCPR and the DCOP are developing Play DC, a comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Off the top of my head, I can't think of many specific DC Parks facilities that have or need bike paths or facilities (except parking), but if you're interested in seeing DC build a velodrome for public recreation, getting involved in this is your best hope.
Bicycle commuters frequently travel the route along East Basin Drive to and from 14th Street Bridge, sharing the sidewalks with pedestrians along both the perimeter of the site and the internal paths inside of the barriers.
There are 3 alternatives (not counting the no build) - and they mainly change where the new security barrier would go. For all of them NPS writes
Paths would be constructed inside the barrier, with alignments that reflect Olmsted’s design intent and the sidewalk would be widened along East Basin Drive to help in separating pedestrians visiting the Memorial from cyclists traveling through the area.
In alternative 1, the preferred alternative, the sidewalk would be widened to 12 feet wide along East Basin Drive, and a pedestrian plaza would be created at the inlet and outlet bridges where users can decide whether to enter the site along the Tidal Basin path, or continue along the sidewalk. One option would be to split the sidewalk at the south lawn with the barrier, reserving the Memorial side for pedestrians and the road side for cyclists. Some paths on the east frontage would be 10' and allow cyclists.
Map of Alternative 1
Rendering of Alternative 1
Alternative 2 would be similar to 1 for cyclists but the barrier would be farther away, which might be more pleasant - and one could argue safer.
Map of Alternative 2
The text says there will be a 12 foot sidewalk along East Basin Drive, but the picture calls it a 10-foot Bicycle Path, so that's confusing, but wider is probably better - since pedestrians will use it no matter what you call it.
Alternative 3 moves the barrier further in and makes it semi-circle shaped, but for cyclists it's basically the same.
So there's not much of a difference for cyclists, but I suppose I prefer Alternative 2 or 3 because it gives cyclists more room in case of a hazard and it will probably be nicer. Moving the wall away will likely let snow melt faster and make the path cooler in the summer too.
There is one other bike element of note.
There is a Capital Bikeshare Station located on the south side of East Basin Drive across from the Memorial. This Bikeshare station will be relocated in the future; however the final location of the station has not yet been determined.
Also, did you know that the Plaza along the Tidal Basin was originally part of a road that led around the Jefferson Memorial so that people could drive around it? That was removed in 1970 as an opening salvo in the War on Cars. Nixon!
I sold my folding bike to someone in Philadelphia, but they sent it back because when they took it in to get the shifter adjusted the guys told them that they needed a new hub and it would cost $250 to fix. After I got it back I took it back to Bikes at Vienna to have it fixed. The staff at Bikes at Vienna fixed it for $47 [The Philadelphia shop installed the shifter wrong] Admittedly I didn't have to pay for labor because I bought the bike there, but even then it wouldn't have been $250.
Also, the Super Bowl was last night. The lights went out and the Ravens won. I'm annoyed that Justin Tucker was not named the MVP.
"Interested in naming rights for the coming street cars? The D.C. Circulator buses? The popular Capital Bikeshare program? Pick up the phone. That could happen, said District Department of Transportation spokesman John Lisle."
NPS has grant money for "Public access site development projects that advance the development of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail or the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail or Chesapeake Bay Gateways water trails are the funding priority for fiscal year 2013." The Star Spangled Trail passes right through the DC area.
Tough day for biking out there, but then, it sounds like it was no picnic driving either.
This is no knock on Obama, but most of the progress in the region's bike-friendliness and mode-share uptick would have likely occurred under McCain. Unless...you think that the McCain administration would have denied Arlington/DC's use of CMAQ funding to pay for Capital Bikeshare. Biking in the area boomed during the Bush years too.
More from State Sen. Wagner on the anti-dooring law "It's establishing you're guilty for opening your car door whether you're guilty or not." No, that's not how the law work. If you fail to use due care, then it does kind of establish that you're guilty. But of course, a court will decide what is due care - and thus guilt. It is, however, correct to say that the current law establishes that you're not guilty, whether you're guilty or not - since opening a car door into someone without looking isn't a crime.
Salisbury, MD has agreed to let mountain bikers maintain park trails. "The trails would not be what people imagine for mountain biking or stunts." This follows the passing of a bike lane ordinance last summer.
This is a surprisingly good article on the quiet car initiative conclusions.
A doctor who, in an act of civil disobedience, tried to block the removal of a bike lane was sentenced to community service. He'll be doing it with Cycle Toronto.