DDOT is preparing a proposal for Benning Road and Bridge Multi-Modal Transportation Improvements from Oklahoma Avenue to the Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road Metrorail Stations. This area intersections with both sides of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trails and also represents of the few places that cyclists can cross the Great Wall of Anacostia (DC-295 and the railroad tracks). If you've ever tried to make this crossing on bike it can be harrowing. Traffic goes way too fast on Benning Road, the sidewalks are no more appealing and getting onto the bridge requires crossing a highway on-ramp. So bike improvements are needed. Those who ride - or would like to ride - this route should consider attending.
A cycletrack from the Anacostia to the bridge would be great.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m
WHERE: Department of Employment Services (DOES) Building
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is initiating a planning study to examine opportunities for transportation safety improvements on Canal Road NW, between Chain Bridge and M Street, and will host the first public meeting on the study.
The study will address safety, traffic operations, drainage, erosion and slope stability issues to ensure a safe and protected roadway. The public meeting will include an overview presentation, displays of the study area and the opportunity for residents to provide their input.
What: Preliminary Study of Canal Road between Chain Bridge and M Street – First Public Meeting
When: Wednesday, December 11, 2013; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Lab School of Washington; 4759 Reservoir Road NW
Back in early July, The National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Secret Service (Secret Service) held a public open house on the joint-agency President's Park South Project. This project will redesign the park immediately south of the White House including E Street, N.W. between 15th and 17th Streets, Washington, D.C. E Street was closed after 9/11 and has never been reopened creating quite a barrier to cyclists (pedetrians can get through their OK, but on a bike it is a massive hassle). See earlier posts on this here, here and here.
The NCPC contest was non-binding (but it "informed" the process), and so the four new alternatives presented at the July meeting are very different from the ones in the NCPC contest.
Two of the alternatives (2 & 3) include a bicycle path along the southern edge of E Street and the two others (4 & 5) route bicyclists around the existing perimeter streets (15th Street, Constitution Avenue and 17th Street). The latter two do this to create an expanded viewing area south of the existing fence - the shaded purple area on the image below. [1 is the no build option]
I think it would be a shame if this project didn't include a space for a bike path on E Street. I don't see why they can't expande the viewing area and include the bike path - the two do not seem mutually exclusive. Isn't that what we have on the north side of the White House?
Anyway, if you'd like to comment to that effect, public comments are being accepted until September 12th at this website. Comment early and often.
Good afternoon. Hope your morning went better than mine. My rear derailleur got caught in my spokes and ripped right off the frame. Whole thing is mangled and I had to ride on my bike like it was a scooter the rest of the way. Taking the bus home.
DDOT and the Office of Planning will be kicking off the Mid-City East Small Area Plan and Liveability Study with an open house later this month. Mid City East consists of the communities of LeDroit Park, Bloomingdale, Eckington, Truxton Circle, Bates-Hanover and Sursum Corda. Good opportunity to start the push for bike facilities and planning.
A major milestone has been reached, as Governor O'Malley has announced the City was awarded a State matching grant of $574,747 for construction of Phase 1 of The Bowie Heritage Trail in Old Town Bowie. The grant will help the City construct the main corridor of the planned Heritage Trail system; the project includes approximately 1,900 linear feet of 10-foot wide hiker-biker trail between Zug Road and 10th Street. The trail segment abuts the Railroad Museum, and construction will include a train watching platform, a pedestrian underpass of the MD 564 bridge, and development of a new park on the vacant land and cul-de-sac of 10th Street located near the bridge. The design plans for Phase 1 are already 30% engineered. We are hopeful that the work on this anchor segment will invigorate the design and completion of many other related improvements in the planned Bowie Heritage Trail system. The grant application was approved under the State's Transportation Enhancement Program, which was recently renamed the Transportation Alternatives Program. City matching funds are included in the proposed FY 2014-2019 Capital Improvements Program.
The city of Frederick has begun installing 25 bike racks along its Market Street corridor. Members of the nonprofit Downtown Frederick Partnership and others donated the racks. The organization's executive director Kara Norman says in the past most riders used trees to secure their bicycles, but that's not good for the trees.
I saw Argo this week, it doesn't give anything away to tell you that there is a small bicycle element to the story. According to the Wired article the movie is based on, that is at least somewhat true.
DDOT and MPD have a new safety campaign called "Toward Zero Deaths." The goal is admirable, but the bike and ped section is a little thin on substance. And one of the items "The fine for drivers who fail to stop and give right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks is $250 and 3 points" is already out of date. Starting yesterday, that fine dropped to $75. I'm actually OK with dropping fines where enforcement goes up - for example, when more speed cameras are installed - because, if the criminal cost of speeding=risk of getting caught*the cost of getting caught, then the cost of speeding probably goes up nonetheless. But this I don't understand.
The war on historic cobblestone roads. "The Transportation Department has pledged to save as many of the old cobblestones as possible. Some have been retained, but turned 90 degrees to create makeshift bike lanes, pointing in the direction of traffic flow — a visually striking intervention that the city “just made up,” Ms. Gallo mused, to promote cycling."
Does anyone know who coined the term "CaBi"? I remember that I hadn't heard the term until the day it kicked off, but the earliest reference I could find to the term was mid June 2010. Anyone?
Montgomery County is making repairs to the Capital Crescent Trail area ""Repairs and improvements to CCT shoulder and storm water management facilities will occur starting approximately March 25, 2013 and last approximately 3 months."
Voronoi Diagram of Capital Bikeshare. This is cool (and I'm glad I know the name because it helped me find a Voronoi diagram of NFL team areas) but it would be cooler if if showed you the closest station as the peacock walks as opposed to how the crow flies. So - walk sheds to each station.
When helmets are "counterintuitive". "Although the move might seem counterintuitive in preventing brain injuries, the chairman of AIBA's medical commission, Charles Butler, cites numerous medical studies that suggest fighting without head guards will decrease concussions." Of course, if you really want to protect your brain, you probably shouldn't go into boxing, but still it's an interesting statement about protecting ones head even while not being particularly applicable.
LATE ADDITION: WAMU has coverage of the Bike DC cancellation. "Every time we would come back with a new proposal, we would get a new set of requirements that we needed to meet and a new order of meeting them," says Farthing. "We were just never able to get a clear yes or a clear no that would give us a next step we could go to, and eventually ran out of time to secure sponsorships and to sell tickets.".....National Park Service spokeswoman Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles was unaware the event had been cancelled until we told her.
Mayor Gray's Sustainable DC isn't as ambitious, when considering bike lanes, as it would appear "But as WABA noted in its action alert at the end of 2011 about anemic progress in bike lanes, DC had installed 4-8 lanes per year from 2006-2010, which if continued should put the District at 130-210 by 2032 rather than just 100. Gabe Klein's Action Agenda set a target of 80 miles by 2012, so only 25% more than that 20 years later seems a bit underwhelming." Of course, you could argue that adding 5 miles a year gets more difficult each year as the low-hanging fruit gets picked (more and more often you have to take out parking to get in bike lanes). On the other hand, it gets easier as more cyclists and more cyclist-friendly voters creates greater political will. Which force is larger, I can't say.
Virginia's transportation plan will lower the tax on gasoline (and thus driving) while using more of the sales tax to make up the difference (among other things). Since much of the money will go to roads, and cyclists mostly use roads, it's hard to say if they'll be winners or losers. A 100% cyclist will definitely pay a larger percentage of Virginia's transportation costs, but they may get more of the benefit too. Drivers are clearly winners and transit users are clearly losers.
More on the dud of a year that the Virginia legislative session was for cyclists.
DDOT hosted a scoping meeting last night on the redesign of Southeast Boulevard and Barney Circle.
In addition to the unintentionally hilarious image above, DDOT presented three concepts for the area which I have photographed with the usual lack of skill that regular readers have come to expect.
The above shows the basic idea for Barney Circle. The blue lines are the sidepaths. All around the circle are controlled intersections so that cyclists and pedestrians could move around the circle. Everything is still wide open at this point so the consultants that I talked to were open to the idea of using the eastbound tunnel as a bicycle underpass from the southside trail to the eastside one, and/or keeping the westbound tunnel open for the same purpose. Pushing the trail across the circle seems unlikely at this point.
This shows the basic idea for two of the three concepts. Southeast Boulevard would either be close to L like this, slightly farther away or in a 3rd concept much farther away without connections to 13th, 14th and 15th. These two concepts give cyclists more connections, but for those using the north side path, it also means more at grade crossings.
It was unclear how fast traffic would move on SE Blvd and thus how safe it would be for cyclists in the road. It was also unclear why the road would need to be four lanes, or if it could be just two.
The people I talked to were open to the idea of a pedestrian bridge over the RR tracks somewhere around 14th Street that would give a better connection to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.
The design will leave some extra land between the CSX tracks and L street. One idea is to raise the street on a deck and build bus parking or a bus transfer area under the deck. From a biking standpoint this would add some at-grade crossings but otherwise be a non-event.