“The tenants that I work with are low-income people who work in construction jobs and they have no transportation, and a lot of them don’t have licenses to drive,” she said. “That’s why they ride bikes.”
bikes are used more and more by immigrants because of the difficulties they face when getting a driver’s license.
“They’re not going to risk driving without a license,” he said.
Paul Wilee, a mechanic atPhoenix Bikes said they get swamped with requests for bikes all the time.
“Our shop has donated quite a few bikes over the years to lower income organizations, like safe houses, half-way houses, rehab houses,” said Wilee. “People need a mode of transportation, and we turn around and donate some bikes to them.”
Rather than “flopping down” a [CaBi] station and hoping people use it, Hamilton said, “I think our challenge will be, as we expand to Columbia Pike,...to see how this works. So we’ll be doing some special things in these neighborhoods to help [residents, especially Spanish speakers] understand how the system works.”
MWCOG did another household travel survey of targetted neighborhoods in the DC area, and as you would expect, neigborhoods in DC had a higher bicycle mode share than those outside of DC. This is not a survey of all neighborhoods, but a selected group for the purposes of this study. (Heat map opportunity MVJantzen)
Daily Mode Share - All trips (regional average - 0.5%)
Friendship Heights - 2.4%
NY/RI Ave NE - 1.9%
E&W Falls Church - 1.7%
Beauregard Corridor - 1.0%
Dulles North - 0.8%
St. Charles/Waldor - 0.5%
National Harbor - --
Commute Mode share - (regional average - 0.6%)
NY/RI Ave NE - 3.9%
Friendship Heights - 3.7%
E&W Falls Church - 3.6%
Beauregard Corridor - 2.8%
Dulles North - 0.3%
St. Charles/Waldor - ---
National Harbor - --
What's immediately interesting is how there is a dumbell effect for commuting. The top daily mode share neighborhoods all see their numbers go up and tighten up (only 1.1% separate #1 from #4, as oppossed to 1.4%) but all the lowest daily mode share neighborhoods all go down. This probably shows that their liviing much farther from work, but only a little farther from the other places they go.
I hope you're all enjoying the last day of large, bloated government.
ANC2b to take up a resolution supporting the “Bicycle Safety Amendment Act of 2013”
Sadie Dingfelder of the City Paper was hit by a car while on (walking?) her bike. "A few days ago, an off-duty police officer ran a red light near Union Station and then changed his mind, backing his car over me and my bike while I was in a crosswalk. "
How much flexibility will Richmond give NoVa in deciding how to spend the new transportation funds? "Will Richmond let Northern Virginia spend as much as it would like on mass transit, busways and bike lanes rather than pouring concrete? (The answer could depend on whether Ken Cuccinelli wins the governorship in November. A longtime transit skeptic, he opposed building Metro’s Silver Line to Dulles Airport.)...A tug of war also is likely between auto-friendly projects and those favoring rail transit, buses, bicycles and pedestrians. Arlington, in particular, has a long (and successful) history of promoting alternatives to cars. It hopes Richmond grants it lots of flexibility in parceling out money."
(Warning: Ann Coulter link!) "I don't know why anyone needs to bicycle in a city." Only one reason: to trade your food stamps for weed with your illegal immigrant budies before an occupy wallstreet gay marriage. Or, I suppose, to go to work.
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.
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.
"The Mount Vernon Trail just south of Ford's Landing is closed due to
damage to a small wooden bridge. Both sides of the bridge were damaged
and is unsafe. Trail users are advised to use Royal Street is the
alternate route for the Mount Vernon Trail."
Montgomery County votes to spend planning money on BRT, instead of planning for "creating pedestrian and bike improvements and Park and Ride studies connected to the rapid transit"
Frederick, MD may be going from an ad hoc bicycle advisory committee to a formal Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee after a vote on Feb 7. "Projects slated for 2013 include designing a path under U.S. 15,
connecting existing bike paths and supporting the Metropolitan
Washington Council of Government's efforts in the Complete Streets
project, which encourages shared-access roads for pedestrians, bicycles
and cars. The mayor and Board of Aldermen appeared pleased to hear that the committee would sponsor another penny-farthing race."
So far, LaHood is planning to stay on as SecTrans. He's enthusiastically supported bicycling, and outside of Oberstar or Blumenauer, it's hard to imagine an alternative that would be more supportive.
Drivers might soon be paying less for transportation, but complaints about freeloading cyclists are expected to remain flat. "Under the plan, Virginia’s 17.5 cents-per-gallon gas tax — one of the lowest in the United States — would be eliminated, and the sales tax would be raised by 0.8 percent, with more sales tax revenue going towards transportation." This is truly an idiotic idea. I'll put it out there again. Charge a VMT to pay for roads and to mitigate their environmental impact; a congestion tax to pay for transit, biking and walking; and a tax on gasoline to pay for gasoline-related pollution. Americans for Tax Reform and I are united in our opposition. That is a rarity. Contrast this with Massachusetts. "Revenue from the parking tax would provide a steady stream of funding that could then be invested in the public transportation system as well as bicycle and pedestrian pathway improvements."
M-NCPPC staff will be presenting the preliminary plans for the Little Paint Branch Trail Extension at a public meeting on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Beltsville Community Center. Somewhere there is a flyer on this, but I can't find it. Here is some older information though.
Good morning. A falcon landed on my backyard fence yesterday. Not something I see a lot of on Capitol Hill. Hopefully she's eating the mice.
Based on counts done at 19 locations, biking in DC is up significantly since 2004 - 95 per hour as opposed to 35 per hour. Most of the observed riders (77%) were men and most wore helmets (75%). Nearly three times as many cyclists sounds high, so I'd be interested in the locations used, but I absolutely believe that biking is way up over the last 8 years.
In preparation for the Silver Line, Fairfax County is attempting to add bike facilities to station areas, and may even add bike sharing. They're already talking to potential vendors " it has not been decided whether a bike-sharing system in Fairfax County would be a part of Capital Bikeshare, but Hudgins calls the option 'a very attractive one.'"