"Eight hours in the Howard University Hospital emergency room and five stitches later, I was back home, left to ponder what lessons I could draw from the experience."
DC Rising - "Washington, DC, built green lanes into some of the city's most-famous and well-used throughways. "They've put a protected bike lane in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue," Maus says. "That's head and shoulders above anything that Portland's done.""
Images of the 11th Street Bridge, Anacostia Trail and Overlooks. New ramps on that opened today "Work also continues on the pedestrian and bicycle path and two scenic overlooks that will extend out from the shared path offering beautiful views of Anacostia, the Navy Yard and the Nationals Park."
New Montgomery County zoning regulations "New buildings would also have to accommodate alternate modes of transportation by providing bike parking. Larger buildings will have to include space for car sharing, while developers would be able to swap out car parking spaces for carpool spaces, bikeshare stations or changing facilities."
Consultants recommend not putting bike lanes on Maple Avenue in Vienna and instead "using side streets to feed cyclists onto the corridor, where bike parking would be made available."
"A $250,000 surge of cash from [Montgomery County's] fiscal 2014's budget will go in part towards a study of where bicycle docks will be located, Roshdieh said, to determine where new lanes, markings or signs need to be placed."
Rollin cycles is again offering their $39 tune-up deal, this time with Amazon Local. I got one of these with Living Social and found RC to be a fine little bike shop. Not worth biking past 4 shops for me to continue to use it, but it serves its neighborhood well.
I like the CaBi bikesharing map (except for the lack of a station in front of Frager's). I can't believe the AoC still doesn't allow stations on Capitol grounds. We might have one at the Pentagon before getting one at the Capitol. Still, there's one closer to the Library of Congress which I like. The stations continue to push out to Maryland, with one station only two blocks away. And maybe there are enough infill stations the satisfy the people who think stations are too far apart. If a station opens on the Bethesda side of the CCT, the one at the DC terminus could get a lot of business.
Your typical "Can you believe we're spending money on transit, walking and biking when people are stuck in gridlock?" opinion piece. They claim that even though 82% of trips will be by car in 2040, we still spend "inordinate amounts of available transportation money on things like streetcars and bike lanes which will not reduce automobile traffic, but will reduce existing capacity on the roads, thus guaranteeing future gridlock." There are several things wrong with this, starting with the fact that claiming that spending is out of proportion is more convincing if you provide the actual proportion. For example, as the Examiner points out 11% of trips are by foot and bicycle, but only 2% of spending in the TIP is for biking and walking. So does the Examiner think we should be spending more on these modes? Another issue is that looking at spending % and mode share may not be the relevant way to look at our investments. Building in urban areas will always be more expensive than in rural areas, which will push the cost of transit up.
There are some good common sense improvements suggested in this article about the place where the Rock Creek and Potomac Park Trail crosses the old western turnaround of Constitution Avenue. I reeally like the idea of closing the circle and extending the trail straight across the site along the road. It would make for a nice park and perhaps the site of a future memorial.
A cyclist crashed on Qunicy Street in Arlington because of a very poorly patched utility cut in the pavement (video), and Mark Blacknell points out that poor pavement is often the cause of crashes. "Failure to aggressively hold itself and others to reasonable standards of safe pavement — both temporary and permanent — does a real disservice to Arlington County." In a later column, he follows up with Dennis Leach, the county's transportation director.
A couple of weeks ago, WABA met with Montgomery county officials and representatives of Montgomery Preservation Inc. (MPI) " to resolve the impasse on the trail alignment as it crosses Georgia Avenue and passes the historic B&O Train Station that serves as a headquarters and event space for MPI. At this meeting, MCDOT officials stated that the agency, the County Executive, and the County Council were committed to the Master Plan Trail Alignment and to a grade separated crossing of Georgia Avenue, and that design work is beginning." So, according to WABA the issue of alignment is resolved. That's good news.
"Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda has proposed the county seek authority from the state to establish either a local gas or sales tax to fund transportation." This is relevant for two reasons. One, higher gas prices might induce more biking (though probably not much) and, two, some of the money would likely go toward building the Purple Line. The Purple Line will change the Georgetown Branch Trail from an unpaved tree-lined trail that ends suddenly, into a paved and completed Capital Crescent Trail all the way to Silver Spring.
Next week, the Virginia Transportation Board will be holding a public meeting in Fairfax to "discuss projects and programs in the CTB’s current Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP) and provide comments for the development of the Fiscal Years 2014-2019 SYIP"
The $20 bike with a cardboard frame could change the world. "These bikes need no maintenance and no adjustment, a car timing belt is used instead of a chain, and the tires do not need inflating and can last for 10 years," he said. It would also put an end to bike theft.
The director of the Transportation Department for the City of Annapolis wrote an editorial on how to facilitate all forms of transportation in a city designed for horse and buggy. He writes about the problems of parking and how to move people short distances from parking garages to commercial areas. He only mentions cyclists once, and only in passing. It would seem like bike-sharing could help a lot - especially in a college town with military retirees who are probably fitter than your average citizen.
Disturbing news out of interbike. Even though cycling is up as a means of transportation, "the bicycle market in the US has been relatively flat (in terms of revenues) since 2004 and that trend continued in 2011. The number of bicycle shops in the US has declined by over 22% in the
last 9 years (over 1,000 shop locations have closed their doors during
this time)." [Thanks to the Arlington BAC for the data]. Perhaps the Lance Armstrong effect is wearing off, and there are now fewer people buying high end bikes even as more bikes are being sold. And/or perhaps the internet is cutting into LBS sales.
NYC launches it's new LOOK campaign. [Despite angering advocates for the blind, it's likely to be much more successful than the previous TASTE campaign]
REI gave millions to 260 non-profits, though I don't see any local ones that jump out at me.
Iris Stagner, a member of the BikeTexas Board of Directors
and a longtime promoter of bike safety and education, was killed on Monday after
being hit from behind by a pickup truck while riding on U.S. Route 180 outside Mineral Wells,
Texas. "Sheriff Ira Mercer said the driver of a white pickup involved stopped.
Mercer said indications were the incident was nothing more than an
accident and that the setting sun likely played a factor."