I did the Arlington Loop for the first time in a long time. I love the new bike signage along the Custis Trail and all the bike-specific lights. It really is harder to run one of those than a regular light. But the first ramp on the MVT at the airport (going south) is looking pretty bad in the south direction. Also, one of the crosswalks on the Bluemont trail isn't marked on the road, but probably should be.
Washington Times is in favor of Congress intervening to end DC's use of speed cameras, although they don't really give a reason to oppose them other than that the tickets go to the owner of the car instead of the drive and some sense of 'greed'. "An apoplectic Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C.’s delegate in Congress, rallied the usual crowd of the green bicycle-riding elites, who hate every car but their own, with an unusual personal attack on her colleague, which hardly befits a congresswoman with neither a vote nor a sense of congressional collegiality. “If either Representative Bentivolio or his staff has received such a ticket, then they should pay it, unless he thinks that members of Congress who by law are already exempt from most ticket violations here should be excused,” she says."
New pedicab rules take effect next week in NYC. In a sense this is a sign of success. Pedicabs have been prevalent enough and in operation long enough to catch the eye of the government. And there are probably some good, common-sense regulations that can help make the business stronger in the long run.
I caught Ira David's Pedal America on PBS last night. I had a friend who worked for Discovery Channel and I used to jokingly pitch a TV show to her in which I would travel around the world riding my bike and drinking beer - all with a supermodel sidekick. Like "Wild On", but with bikes and a middle-aged, balding white guy. She never took me up on the show, and now no longer works in the TV business. Coincidence? Anyway, this show was a significantly classier version of what I proposed.
"Join MORE on July 21 at the Rockburn Branch Park for our annual summer picnic"
"Bike-share users, who in addition to having low injury rates also tend to have lower-than-average rates of helmet usage, are great proof that encasing your skull in case you crash is just one factor among many that affect bicycle safety. There are several other steps riders can take that may be more important."
A hearty bon voyage to DDOT's Chris Holben who has been the Project Manager for Capital Bikeshare since the get-go. He and his family are moving on to other opporunities and it is DC's loss. One can only hope that the future will allow him to pursue more acting in low-budget commericial videos. The man has a gift.
DCBAC has information about bike parking and CaBi access to the Mall for the 4th of July. There will be a parking area near the corner of 15th and Independence Avenue NW; a bike valet; and CaBi will run a bike corral at 10th and Constitution from noon to 1 hour after the fireworks.
Maryland SHA presented alternatives for a redesign of Georgia Avenue between 16th Street and Forest Glen Road. Several alternatives include "a 14 to 16 foot curb lane that could accommodate a striped bicycle lane."
Weirdest headline of the day "Aaron Hernandez arrested in murder probe; cut by New England Patriots"
Turn out at the Montgomery County bikeshare meetings has been low "Although only about a dozen residents attended a meeting in Silver Spring Tuesday evening, a few asked county officials to consider moving a few of the nine stations to alternative locations." A final list of station locations could be out by late July
Once the locations are chosen, Montgomery County officials will work on infrastructure improvements to get ready for Bikeshare. It will include studies to determine where "sharrows," also known as the road markings that show when motorists need to share the path with bicyclists, could be placed. Councilmember Roger Berliner, who chairs the Transportation and Energy Committee, has championed the sharrows as an option.
"We don't have a lot of stripped dedicated bike lanes, but we are going to implement more. We are looking at roads where Paul DeMaio feels most of the cyclists will use to get between stations, and we'll determine whether the locations are better for sharrows or whether we can re-engineer the road to get a dedicated lane," he said.
Cindy Sheehan is riding her bike from her son's gravesite in California to Washington, DC as part of the Tour de Peace. "Sheehan said her Brookeville visit was one of the final stops, after leaving California on April 4. The Tour de Peace cross-country bicycle ride concludes in Washington, D.C., with a ride from Arlington National Cemetery to the White House on July 3."
The new signs in McLean are just the start. "McLean is the first place in Fairfax County to receive the signs. Foust said he expects they will be installed in Tysons Corner as it redevelops, as well as other areas." Next on the agenda for McLean - bike racks.
WABA weighs in on the DC Bike Party issue. They point out that part of the problem is how hard it is to get a proper permit. "I will be contacting a number of groups with a specific interest in this issue to participate in a discussion with Sgt. Thorne and MPD to work out a reasonable approach to ensuring that community ride events can take place, and that MPD can focus its efforts on public safety."
I'm not sure if this represents a change in the story, or if NBC4 and Transportation Nation are just now finding out, but "The Department of Labor has opened up an investigation into unfair wages by Capital Bikeshare, a company one former worker says grossly underpaid him."...."We fully value our work force and are doing everything we can to ensure that we are in compliance," a statement from Alta read. "We are providing all requested information, while continuing to operate a world-class bike share system."
"The SCA says that bicycle mechanics must be paid at least $14.43 hourly. The contract also promises benefits for all employees, at a minimum of $3.35/hour. Swenson quit after about a year at Capital Bikeshare, citing poor working conditions and frustration with his supervisors. He says he eventually got a raise to $15 an hour, but that he never got any benefits."
“To me personally, it feels like modern day slavery,” he said.
This repaving story is really getting coverage. They add "DDOT said it spends far more on roadway resurfacing, but the agency does say keeping bike lanes in working order is becoming more of a priority."
"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."
I saw a guy walking down the "median" of DC-295 today. I was terrified for him. More and more I see people walking and biking on this road. It's a sign of how car centric that all is.
This video was posted in the comments last week, but I didn't realize it was from the June Bike Party. This is not an example of safe but illegal cycling, and the cyclist who gets t-boned by a taxi with the ROW is lucky to be alive. These cyclists were "speeding up in front of the ride marshals and disobeying the rules."
A listing of recent attacks on trail users in the DC area. But they don't let us know the races of anyone, so we don't know how angry to be.
There's a whole article about how hard it is for employees to get to/from National Harbor. One guy specifically talks about the long metro commute to Alexandria. The article never once mentions bikes - Which would surely be the fastest/cheapest way for that guy to get home. Give every employee a bike, or a discount on one, and add a bikeshare station. It would help.
Our favorite Washington Times columnist, Deborah Simmons, manages to get one thing right "spending big bucks on statehood sure won’t pay for much-needed road projects." True, but wouldn't you be surprised if it did? She adds, "As things now stand, the short-sighted D.C. planners and transportation bureaucracy are focused on streetcars, bicycle lanes and walkable neighborhoods." Because it's short sighted to plan for the fastest growing transportation modes.
She's not going to like this "Transportation researchers at the University of California at Berkeley questioned drivers, pedestrians and public transit users in the San Francisco Bay Area about roadway design that might boost traffic safety. Installing more bicycle lanes was ranked first by respondents in all three groups."
"Cyclists who suffer head injuries in a collision but are not wearing helmets are at least partly to blame – even if the crash itself was not their fault, a German court has ruled. "