As mentioned last summer, the Anacostia Streetcar extension project was narrowed to 2 alternatives, one of which - alternative #9 includes a multi-use path along the side of it. The final EA is now out.
This is for the extension from the Anacostia Metro station to Good Hope Road. While Alternative 9 makes the trail possible, the EA points out that
For Alternative 9, a proposed multi-use trail along a portion of the CSX railroad right-of-way would travel parallel to the DC Streetcar. The trail would improve neighborhood connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists in the community and to transit facilities. DDOT is still conducting conceptual design on this multi-use trail. The trail is not part of this proposed action.
I suspect that means that the trail will be built separately. Alternative 4, on the other hand
would travel on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and could pose design conflicts with a signed bicycle route on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.
The EA mentions that the project includes pedestrian and bicycle facility improvements, but not what those are. There is also a section on Bicycle Safety that focuses mainly on education.
So, why doesn't anyone sell NFL team branded bike helmets? I've seen fire helmets done like NFL helmets and construction helmets, but not bike helmets. There's your money making idea for the day.
Mary Cheh "directs" DDOT to educate cyclists about the dangers of streetcar tracks. And "The Committee further recommends that DDOT continue to explore ways to reduce the risks to cyclists riding along streetcar tracks and examine bicycle safety enhancements on routes parallel to streetcar corridors. The Committee directs DDOT to provide an update on this request by October 1, 2012."
Look, it's another sensational story about the CaBi bike helmet study. "...most riders are risking their lives by not wearing a helmet." The story also miscites the efficacy stat on helmets (it's from a 1989 study, not the IIHS) which is somewhat dubious as is the stat that 91% of cycling fatalities don't wear helmets. On the other hand, there is this. On the upside, they included the percentage of non-CaBi riders wearing helmets which is 51.4%.
Beginning on Saturday PBS will run a series called Pedal America, about biking in the USA. I had a friend who worked at Discover Channel and I kept trying to pitch a bike travel show to her in which I would travel around the world with a super model and we would ride bikes and then drink beer and they would pay me a lot of money to do that. Unfortunately, she was an accountant so it didn't go anywhere.