The new FBI building might be trail oriented development. The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail would stay outside the security perimeter, and one would hope it would involve a really great bike room.
Oh man, new Business idea. Buy up old vans, gut them and turn them into mobile containers. Sell them to DC residents and count your money. [The vans would have to be able to pass inspection and you'd need to register them for plates, but it still may be worth it] I can see a "Markets in Everything" post on this at Marginal Revolution.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking citizens for their input on State outdoor recreation facilities and services throughout Maryland. They are holding a public input meeting on March 6th, 6 to 8 PM at the Howard County Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, in Columbia, MD.
This is the first step in a statewide effort to enhance existing recreation areas in Maryland, including State parks, forests, wildlife areas and trails. DNR will ask participants to assess the extent to which existing facilities meet the needs of the community and identify future demand and need. This public input will help guide the update of the Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan. You can help advocate for the East Coast Greenway by attending the meeting and promoting its construction.
And advocate for other trails and bike recreation opportunities as well.
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.
The Eastern Shore branch of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (ESIMBA) is attempting to get the Salisbury City Council to endorse a Memorandum of Understanding for trail preservation. But concerns about the environment and confrontations between mountain bikers and other users appears to be holding it up.
" Cardboard boxes full of partially assembled mountain bikes, missing a pedal, seat or handlebars and unable to be sold, gather dust in a corner of the Musetta bicycle factory in suburban Buenos Aires. Meanwhile, they're running out of stock at Nodari Bikes, a neighborhood cycling store."
Good afternoon. I don't know if they re-timed the lights, but I caught the green bike light this morning coming off of 15th onto Penn and didn't get a red until 6th. People used to complain about the stop and go nature of Penn, but I didn't have that problem today.
WABA and MoBike recently created a list of recommended bike infrastructure improvements for Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Bethesda and Friendship Heights. "Among the suggestions are to finish two incomplete trails in Silver Spring: Metropolitan Branch Trail and Silver Spring Green Trail." You can see a longer list of recommendations at the link.
MORE becomes a chapter club of the International Mountain Biking Association
The Federal Highway Administration has issued recommendations for “non-motorized” groups in its Traffic Monitoring Guide which could give guidance on counting cyclists. One nice thing about having CaBi, is that we can use it's data to get a good idea of how many cyclists are out there. Here's the best way to do that
When doing counts, just try to determine the ratio of CaBi cyclists to non-CaBi cyclists, the actual number doesn't even really matter.
Then use that ratio to determine the total number of cyclists every day. So, for example, if 1 out of every 10 cyclists is on a CaBi, and on Dec 2 there were 2000 CaBi trips then we can extrapolate that there were 20,000 total bike trips.
One flaw with this is that the ratio determined above is the ratio of cyclists on the road (based on time) not the ratio of actual trips. If CaBi trips are shorter than other bike trips then it would overcount total trips. But you could account for that two with some survey data.
Last week, Maryland announced 42 projects statewide that will receive funding from the Maryland State Highway Administration’s (SHA) Recreational Trails Program (RTP). These are small grants ($5000 to $64000) so don't expect any big projects, but still, there are a couple local winners - though I'm not sure what they'll do with the money.
The WB&A Trail's Lemons Bridge Spur got $64,640
MNCPPC Montgomery County got $32,800 for boardwalks on the upper Rock Creek Trail
The FHWA released data comparing some of the country's bike sharing systems. While DC was #1 in annual members, CaBi came in just behind Minneapolis in the number of stations and bikes (though I think it's #1 again now) and way behind Miami in casual members. And of course, more expansion is planned and underway "This week, for example, county officials are installing one new station at North Queen Street and Arlington Boulevard near Fort Myer and another at North Barton Street at 10th Street North near the courthouse. Those two stations were approved last year, although installation was delayed for legal reasons."
DC has been named one of 10 Gold level Walk-Friendly communities by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. "The designation goes to towns that promote walking and pedestrian safety through programs and policies." I don't think this is actually a cycling designation though.
Montreal's Bixi is experimenting with a new pricing method for daily users. They get a key and are charged $5 (instead of $7) for each day they use it. Good for people who rarely use it, but don't want to deal with the kiosk - and they save $2 each time. Could be something we try here.
State and federal funds will be used to create a corridor of hiking, biking and fishing areas more than 10 miles long from near Thurmont to north of Middletown in Maryland.
Fairfax City, George Mason University and Fairfax County created the Mason-to-Metro Initiative, with recommendations to improve the bicycle and pedestrian sign system and map, and on-road bicycle facilities and trails. So, this fall, the city plans to install shared-use lane markings and signs on sections of Old Lee Highway. "Sharrows currently mark the bike lanes on George Mason Boulevard and University Drive between the university and Old Town Fairfax."
Lots of pro cyclists are coming clean about their doping.
Puget Sound Wind Farm doubles as hiking and biking recreation area. "A bike ride among the bright-white towers seemed just the right pace at which to ponder their strange, mechanical beauty."
I like the idea of this, but it will probably be too expensive and it would by like crack for NIMBY's - same as monorail.