"Alexandria City Council approved the expansion of its eight-station Capital Bikeshare program in Old Town as part of its budget adoption last week. Planners are looking at adding stations in Del Ray and Carlyle, as well as potentially adding more in Old Town.....Several meeting attendees asked that any bikeshare station be placed in existing parking as not to disrupt pedestrian traffic on sidewalks."
Henry Graber at the Atlantic responds to Sarah Goodyear's piece yesterday "On balance, cyclists' illegal behavior—like that of pedestrians—adds much, much more convenience to life than danger. Aggressive enforcement of traffic laws could upend the fragile system of incentives that leads thousands of people to undertake a long and sweaty commute each day."
Griffiths said he was surprised by the increase in the number of people biking to work. The share of commuters biking in the area doubled from 2000 to 2011, with most of those cyclists coming from D.C., as about 6,600 new bike commuters started cycling to and from home and work in the District. Griffiths said that change could point to the success of the city's bike lanes, although cyclists still make up less than 1 percent of commuters.
"It's a lot easier to commute by bike in the District than it was at the beginning of the decade," Griffiths said. "Some of the District's policies to make bike commuting more friendly are working."
NYC to ban e-bikes. '“E-bikes are a danger to New Yorkers because they’re faster and heavier than regular bikes. They also have very quiet motors. So, you don’t always hear them coming,” Quinn said Thursday.' Y'know what else is faster and heavier than regular bikes?
DDOT has several options for improving G and I Streets NE to help keep cyclists away from the streetcar tracks. The best one for cyclists, IMHO, puts contraflow bike lanes on G and Eye streets with back in parking.
"The Land-Use Committee of the Del Ray Citizens Association is reaching out to residents and business owners for feedback as Alexandria investigates potential on-street carsharing spaces and Capital Bikeshare stations on and around Mount Vernon Avenue.The committee is hosting an open meeting to discuss both projects at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at Mount Vernon Recreation Center.
"Runners, walkers and cyclists on the Capital Crescent Trail may have noticed a wall being constructed near the overpass that crosses River Road....The low, freestanding wall, called the River Road Safety Wallproject, will run for 350 feet from the south end of the bridge near River Road to just past the property of a nearby business, Landscape Projects, said Abbi Irelan, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Department of Parks. There will be a pedestrian break in the wall, where users will be able to access River Road. Once the wall is complete it will be faced with natural stone, Irelan said."
"The run was one of three events at Safe Routes to School’s fifth annual Takoma Park 5K Challenge...The funds the event raises will be split evenly among the five area schools that work with Safe Routes to School and go toward pedestrian and bike safety education and health and fitness programs."
"Installing bicycle lanes on wide roads like Route 123 typically costs VDOT $5,000 per mile. The 35-mile span of Route 123 between Interstate 95 to the W&OD Trail in Vienna is the part most in need; installing a bicycle lane here would be a minuscule fraction of VDOT’s budget for 2013."
New York bike share synopsis. And more focus on the NIMBYs "It is a sign of how much more sensitive the city has become – only 60 years ago, Robert Moses could tear down entire communities to make way for the motor car, with relative impunity."
Bike kiosks have been defaced with posters deriding the $41m sponsorship of the scheme, by Citibank. In Fort Greene, leaflets saying "residential landmark blocks are not for advertising or commercial activity" were slapped over the kiosks. Street vendors have protested that their regular parking spaces are being obliterated. The owner of a Tribeca bistro was almost arrested when he waged a sit-down occupation outside his restaurant, to prevent the installation of the racks.
The residents of the 100-year-old building fear the value of their property will decline thanks to marauding cyclists riding on the sidewalk, knocking down older people and children.
"Bike lanes, I put that now in the category of things you shouldn't discuss at dinner parties," one of the front-runner candidates to succeed Michael Bloomberg, Christine Quinn, said recently.
an underlying truth is in danger of being lost: that the scheme is overwhelmingly supported by New Yorkers. Polls suggest more than 70% approval across the city.
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.
CaBi has new trip history data out. Enjoy. And there has been an unfortunate first - the first time that year over year trips have dropped. In March of 2012 there were 164,898 trips system-wide. In March of 2013 it dropped 3.2% to 159,581.
Mother's Day Bike Ride to Hains Point, coordinated by BikeArlington, Black Women Bike DC, and WABA's Women & Bicycles.
I was looking for the Goddard policy on bike helmets today (which I did not find) and I came on this, which I don't think I'd read before. It's about connecting Goddard to the Greenbelt Metro with a bike path. "As is, the bike path would start from Goddard’s west property line and link through a portion of the Greenbriar Condominiums located just east of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. But convincing owners to endorse more asphalt—and bike traffic—may be a challenge, especially since the path would be made to serve only Goddard employees pedaling to and from work. " And NASA can't pay for any of the trail that isn't on NASA property either.
This Wednesday, Ride on Washington, an invitation bike ride that aims to raise $100,000 for peopleforbikes.org, began its East Coast journey. The ride starts in Boston, travels along the East Coast, and finishes in Washington DC. The Ride on Washington crew came together for a Pre-Ride Celebration (complete with burritos and beer) at another Boston favorite, The Harpoon Brewery on Tuesday evening, kicked off the ride from City Hall Plaza on Wednesday morning (after fueling up on breakfast burritos, of course), and on Sunday, will ‘wrap up’ (pun intended) at Boloco 19th Street in DC.
Boloco is no stranger to the cycling world, having sponsored other cycling events in the past including the Mayor’s Cup (Boston), Hub on Wheels (Boston), and the Prouty (Hanover, NH) with burritos and “Team Boloco,” a group of Boloco guests and employees who love racing for a cause. When the team heard about Ride on Washington, they jumped at the chance to participate on both ends of the ride. Boloco provided globally inspired burritos at both pre-ride events in Boston and will host the riders for a post-ride celebration. Not only is the Boloco team psyched to help out on both ends of the race, but they are currently out on the road with the Ride on Washington crew, providing one of the support vehicles for the event via the classic Boloco Airstream.
Jenn Blazejewski, VP of Marketing for Boloco, fearless driver and lover of cycling and adventure, hit the road with the Ride on Washington crew and is documenting the ride’s East Coast journey. After five days of biking, these cyclists are looking forward to the closing ceremonies… and Boloco is equally excited to introduce Washington D.C. to the classic Airstream. Full event details are below:
Sunday, April 28th
What: Post-Ride Reception
When: Sunday, April 28th
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Where: Boloco 19th Street
1028 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Guests will have a chance to mingle, eat burritos, celebrate a successful ride, and check out the classic Boloco Airstream.
A suspicious package on a bike closed a DC street for 45 minutes. I fear that this was just "a" package on a bike and that leaving a bike parked with anything on it will be reason for freaking out.
Harry Jaffe worries that "we are one bad biking accident away from nipping DC’s booming biking culture in the bud. All it takes is one tourist or a commuter badly hurt or killed while biking." He's paranoid and a curmudgeon. If that were true, it would have been nipped in the bud long ago.
"a guy on a Bikeshare cycle caused a jam at L Street. He was taking up a lane, pedaling slowly, minus a helmet, oblivious to the automobiles." Harry, you don't know he was "oblivious" only that he seemed oblivious.
"Wearing earbuds on a bicycle in downtown Washington is one step away from cycling with blinders. It’s asking for trouble and certainly increasing the chances of getting into an accident." It's probably more than one step from cycling with blinders, but it almost surely does make you less safe. It's illegal in the region, and ill-advised.
KathyrnPapp is back again with another letter to the editor pitting Capital Bikeshare funding against library funding.
She continues to conflate Bixi with Capital Bikeshare, to fail to understand how Bixi works (Saying it is "selling off" systems in NYC and Chicago, and someone getting bent out of shape because it's paying off a loan. Aren're we all?), to call CaBi a private company and to claim that "every other city uses dedicated sponsors to cover operating costs" which isn't true.
Nor is this statement: "Bikeshare is not a city-owned service like DASH buses and the King Street Trolley. It is owned and operated by a private company." It is owned by the cities.
She draws on statements from Arlington and College Park about funding and revenue to make a case that's unrelated to those statements.
This is the same list of untruths she's spouting off elsewhere. We should better fund libraries, but I'm not sure how it's related to bikeshare. The money being used for FY 2013 funding is Transportation Improvement Program money - as in not available for libraries.