The push is on to further limit sidewalk cycling. “We understand that there are concerns with sidewalk bicycling, but we think that sidewalk riding is normally a problem where there is not a space in the roadway that bicyclists perceive as safe,” said Shane Farthing, executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. Jeanne Mallett is really worked up about sidewalk cycling.
Long Bridge Drive, which will feature bike lanes that might some day connect Arlington to the MVT, might finally be ready for construction.
Centerville Football coach is either wrong, or misquoted "Haddock said the highest rate of concussions in youth sports occurs in girls soccer, and the highest rate of concussions in the United States stems from bike accidents." He's talking about NUMBERS, not rates and not at the high school level. Either way, it's deceptive to try and cast football as less of a concussion risk than cycling. The numbers are higher because far more people participate in those sports. Concussion rates for football are the highest in all high school sports. I'm unaware of any data on concussion rates for cycling, but I'd be stunned if they're higher for cycling than for football. While there are twice as many bike-related concussions per year than in football, there are far fewer people playing football than biking (for starters, almost no women play).
Speaking of failing to consider the denominator. Here's someone arguing that Mixed Martial Arts fighting is safer than cycling because more people die while cycling. He also fails to consider the benefits of cycling - everything looks bad when you only consider the costs [Thousands of people contract sexually transmitted diseases each year? Well, I guess it's cold showers for me from now on.] "Is it all so simple that we can just ignore the hard numbers behind these two activities and two data sets?" he asks. Apparantly, it is. By his logic it's safer to play Russian roulette than bike, because fewer people die doing it. [I don't have an opinion on MMA and whether it should be legal or not, but casting Citibike as dangerous or biking as more dangerous than fighting without using all relevant data is bad form].
The south end of the proposed trail will connect to the existing Lakeside Trail located on the east side of Lake Frank within Rock Creek Regional Park and will continue north to connect with Muncaster Mill Road and cross at the Emory Lane intersection. The trail then will use the Emory Lane Bikeway and cross the Intercounty Connector Bikeway to the ICC bridge over the North Branch of Rock Creek. The proposed trail will go under the ICC bridge and connect to a future hard surface trail, which will be constructed by the developer of the Preserve at Rock Creek and will be dedicated along with parkland to the Department of Parks. The developer-built trail will end at Bowie Mill Local Park.
There was a suggestion to connect the trail to two local, dead-end roads, but residents of those roads didn't want the trail connections. “Connecting the trail is important to the Olney community, as it is a missing piece of a larger network, said association President Barbara Falcigno. “GOCA feels the master plan alignment that keeps the trail within the natural area is preferred over directing users onto roads.”
"The resolution also stated that GOCA feels the trail route should stay off area roads such as these which do not have a shoulder or sidewalk, which could make it unsafe for users."
This is a photo of the Rock Creek Park Trail, approximately 100 yards up stream from the mouth of the RCP tunnelon the Zoo potion of the trail.
Over the past few weeks heavy rains have washed much of creek's bank away. It looks like one big storm could wash some of the trail away. This portion of the trail, managed by the Zoo, already has a pretty sheer drop into the Creek.
I have little faith the Zoo can quickly fix the trail since building a new river bank would take some time and permitting would not be quick. They could potentially route the trail over a portion of the road next to it, but I'm guessing they won't and we are potentially looking at a relatively long closure of the trail through the zoo.
The majority of people (66%) in the DC area approve of "Washington D.C.'s effort to increase the number of bicycle lanes on major roads." Only 26% Disapporve. Oddly support was lower in DC than in Maryland and Virginia. But that may be because bike lanes had much lower support (57% as opposed to 71%) among African-Americans. Still, there wasn't a single group that didn't approve by a wide margin. In addition, local residents think
Post article on reduced congestion barely mentions biking "Although 75 percent of area commuters get there by car, the survey revealed that commuters are open to alternatives. By about 2 to 1, there was a preference for options other than roads. Two-thirds of those surveyed said they approve of the District’s expansion of the bike lane network."
In April, "street markings and signs on the 9th Street S. and 12th Street S. side of the bike boulevards" that parallel Columbia Pike were to be placed in "late Spring." Now they're saying "in the next 6 weeks."
the Montgomery County Planning Board approved construction of the North Branch Hiker Biker Trail. It will go from Lake Frank in Rock Creek Regional Park to Bowie Mill Park on Bowie Mill Road, connecting to the ICC Trail along the way. Future extensions will take the trail into Olney. A developer of a residential subdivision is building part of the trail on that land. It will be placed on the 2015-2020 capital improvement plan, meaning that it should be built by 2020. See map below.
"The only thing standing between where we are and the kind of infrastructure in Arlington and DC is the will to act....But in many ways, the true highlight of the trip was our meeting with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)"
Good article on CitiBike. I like this "could one use my iPhone’s speaker to tell me which bike stations have empty docks as I approach my destination?"
"There's no direct translation for randonnée (pronounced ran-don-NAY) — it can mean a long outing or trip, or a ramble in the countryside. For its practitioners, called randonneurs, it's easier to define the event by what it isn't: a race. There are time limits, which means riders can't go too slowly — but they also can't go too quickly."
WABA has a very clear and complete post on why the Rock Creek Park Trail has not been repaired in so long, on where the repaving project is and on when (2014/2015) the trail might finally be repaved and improved.
The paving would take place on a 3.7-mile segment of the Rock Creek Park multi-use trail from Broad Branch Road to P Street NW; a 0.8 mile segment of the Piney Branch Parkway trail from Beach Drive to Arkansas Avenue NW; a 0.2 mile segment of social trail from Broad Branch Road to Peirce Mill (referred to as the Peirce Mill trail spur); and a 0.5 mile segment of the Rose Park trail from P Street NW to M Street NW. Also incorporated into the EA is construction of a new, wider bridge parallel to the car bridge that crosses Rock Creek immediately south of the zoo tunnel, and a reconfiguration of the tunnel to allow for a six-foot-wide sidewalk for use during hours that the zoo gate is closed.
The new bicycle ordinance making sidewalk cycling legal in Alexandria was approved 7-0.
Some are worried that CaBi in Montgomery County will lead to more sidewalk cycling. "They are not careful about coming up behind people... because you can't hear a bike when it comes up behind you. And they are somewhat belligerent when you expect them to yield to you. And I'm afraid [we'll] just see more of that happening." But the county hopes to make some quick fixes including bike lanes and sharrows to entice cyclists into the streets. And more...
They hope to have the system set up by Sept 21, 2013 (which is almost 3 years to the day after the initial kick off)
The Bethesda Avenue/Arlington Road station is expected to be the busiest
Some stations will move because private property owners do not support the suggested locations (they'll regret that).
You should just read the whole link if you're interested in the expansion. It covers each station in detail.
"Nearly 94 percent of people riding bikes in Portland, Beaverton, Corvallis and Eugene stopped for red lights, a forthcoming Portland State University-based study of 2,026 intersection crossing videos has found. Of those, almost all (89 percent of the total) followed the rules perfectly, while another 4 percent entered the intersection just before the light changed to green....Is it possible that, much like more bikes on a street seem to make it safer for everyone, more bikes at an intersection tend to make everyone more law-abiding?" New mantra: if you want cyclists to obey traffic lights, make roads more inviting to cyclists.
AME Zion Church has asked DDOT and the ANC to move the 14th Street bike lane so that members can double park during funerals. There has to be an easier way to accommodate what can only be a temporary use.
WABA: "Next Monday, ANC 6A and ANC 6C will host a joint public meeting to address the issue of bicycling access in the H Street NE corridor. DDOT has proposed four alternatives to improve bicycling there, specifically by making improvements on the two adjacent streets, G and I streets NE. ANC Commission Tony Goodman has explained the alternatives in detail on Greater Greater Washington."
AAA supports an end to hands-free phone use. “This landmark study is eye-opening and sobering. It proves that hands-free is not a safety ‘silver bullet’ and that talking on a cell phone while driving is dangerous, no matter whether hand-held or hands-free,” said Lon Anderson, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Managing Director of Public and Government Affairs. But I think the article is wrong. Using hands-free is legal in DC.
White Flint could get bike lanes. "Plans for the street network include bike lanes in some areas, such as along Old Georgetown Road...Some meeting attendees expressed concerns about the safety of inexperienced bike riders, especially if new bikeshare stations go up in the area, and suggested bringing down some of the proposed 40-mph speed limits"
And, from the same link, "Patricia Shepherd, the county’s new bikeways coordinator, presented plans for improvements to a 0.29 mile section of Woodglen Drive south of Nicholson Lane. The project site is on the northern end of the six-mile Bethesda Trolley Trail, which connects White Flint to Bethesda. The plan calls for a bike lane on one side of the road, two traffic lanes and a turn lane. The side of the road without a dedicated bike lane would also have space for on-street parking, but the traffic lane would be extra wide to accommodate cyclists and would have “sharrows” to indicate that both cyclists and cars may use the lane. The proposed project also includes a shared-use sidewalk along one side of the road to accommodate both bikes and pedestrians."
"Starost, a 16-year-old Derwood resident and student at Col. Zadok Magruder High School, worked with the Agricultural History Farm Park to establish a new hiker/mountain bike trail. Once complete, it will connect a half a mile gap in between one of the park’s Upper Rock Creek hiking trails with a bike training/obstacle course.
Del Joe T. May lost his primary to return to the Virginia House. My only reference to him was here "NoVa Delegates Barbara Comstock, Timothy Hugo and Joe May all voted against the [3 foot passing] law in committee"
Chicago bike sharing to be delayed by two weeks. Asked whether Alta bears responsibility for the setback, Klein said the company "is still meeting the letter of the contract." The move to "take a little extra time was a collaborative decision with the Divvy team," he said.
The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a 6-year financial program that describes the schedule for obligating federal funds to state and local projects. The TIP contains funding information for all modes of transportation including highways and HOV as well as transit capital and operating costs. State, regional and local transportation agencies update the program each year to reflect priority projects in the CLRP.
If we look at when projects are funded, it can give us an idea of DDOT's current scheduling
Anacostia Riverwalk Trail - funding is all in FY 2013 which makes it seem it will be completed this year
Klingle Trail - Construction in 2014
South Capitol Street Trail - Construction in 2014
Rock Creek Park Trail - Construction in 2015 - This facility is under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. This 12.6-mile project is designed to relieve congestion and reduce user accidents by widening the trail throughout the District of Columbia, including constructing a new trail along P Street to Pennsylvania Avenue along Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway. Replacement of the low water bridge at Porter Street and construction of a bike trail along feeder roads that connect to the adjacent neighborhoods have been completed. In addition, the TEA-21 High Priority program [Section 1602 No. 547] includes funds to provide enhanced recreational trails (e.g. bike trail maintenance) along Rock Creek Park.
Metropolitan Branch Trail - L &M Street and Fort Totten sections. Planning in 2013-14, Construction in 2015-16
New York Avenue Trail - 2013-2018, with construction in 2016 [Coincidentally, City Paper just mentioned this trail here - "Millstein says he wants to make Hecht’s a “dual-threat site” that caters to both the commuter corridor and the adjacent neighborhood. The latter “threat” could deliver some of the most intriguing developments, particularly on the transportation front. Millstein says Douglas plans to help bring an off-street bike trail to New York Avenue"]
Oxon Run Trail Restoration - Construction in 2016-18
In addition there are other projects that have bike elements to them, some of the highlights are
The Long Bridge Integrity and Capacity Study has a note that "Adding a bike-pedestrian connection should be considered also"
The 16th Street Corridor Study in 2013 will consider a bike lane between Florida and Arkansas Avenue.
Great Streets program on Georgia, Pennsylvania and Minnesota Avenues may have bike lanes
Theodore Roosevelt Bridge Rehabilitation - Scheduled for 2015 has improving bicycle access as a goal.
The purpose of the project is to improve access between the Kennedy Center River Terrace to the Potomac Riverfront. The action is needed because physical barriers and safety concerns currently discourage pedestrian traffic between these two resources.
Current Conditions along the trail
There are two alternatives in addition to the no-build alternative.
includes a pair of curved staircases with integrated elevators that would
provide pedestrian access from the Kennedy Center River Terrace to the Potomac
riverfront. At the bottom of the
stair and elevator structures a landscaped plaza of approximately 13,100 square
feet would be constructed of asphalt, concrete, or pavers and would tie into
the RCPP Trail. The plaza would provide unimpeded accessibility to the RCPP Trail
and the Potomac riverfront. Alternative B would
eliminate a small portion of the strip of green parkland that currently
provides a buffer between the RCPP Trail and the roadway and forms a continuous
stretch of greenway along the Potomac River.
proposes the construction of a single formal staircase descending toward the
Potomac riverfront perpendicularly from the Kennedy Center River Terrace. The
staircase would span approximately 180 feet, the width of the Kennedy Center
River Terrace between the Hall of States and the Hall of Nations. The
proposed staircase would have an 85-foot run, and the plaza at the base of the
staircase would be a maximum of 9,800 square feet. To accommodate the staircase
and plaza, the existing sea wall would need to be relocated approximately 34
feet out into the Potomac River. Depending on the final design of Alternative
C, the RCPP Trail would be routed behind the staircase along the RCPP or in
front of the staircase along the Potomac River. Alternative C would include the
construction of an elevator located at the junction of the north end of the River
Terrace and the North Plaza.
I would prefer the trail go in front of the stairs, but perhaps it could do both so that people can choose which they prefer.
And the staircase(s) should have channels to allow cyclists to roll their bikes up. The last meeting on this was over a year ago, so I have no idea what the timeline looks like.
Capital Bikeshare expansion continues. A new station (now up to 202) went in at the Gunston Community Center in Arlington.
In DC, "shortly before Christmas, officials announced plans to add an additional 54 stations by the end of March. So far, however, only six of those stations have been added. Holben said officials have been slowed by weather and technical issues associated with the crane used for station installation."
Also, on the subject of that record setting day on Saturday "for the first time since its inception three years ago, the majority of those rides were taken by day-trippers instead of annual members." Chris Holben, director of the D.C. Department of Transportation bicycle program expects another record and possibly the first 10,000 ride day on Saturday.
DC has another 48 stations to add with this expansion, and Arlington has 30 more on the way. Then DC wants to add 10 more this year and Montgomery County will add 50. I'm not sure NYC's initial 293 station system is going to make them the largest (by stations at least) for very long. They're going to have about 3x as many bikes though.