After years of promising it, Amtrak is about to offer roll-on bicycle service on the Capitol Limited route that passes through Pittsburgh.
With two premier bike trails parallel to the route, enthusiasts and bicycle organizations have long pressed the railroad to add the service. Currently, bikes must be dismantled and packed in boxes and can only be loaded on and off trains at staffed stations, of which there are none between here and Washington, D.C.
“The expansion of bike service will take place as early as next week,”
Reservations will be required and the railroad will charge a $25 fee for the service, even though passengers will be responsible for rolling their bikes onto the trains, securing them, and rolling them off. Only standard-sized bikes will be permitted. The service will be available at all stations on the route, which extends from Chicago to Washington.
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More on the proposed parking regs. This DCist post makes it seem that the study was never completed, but - just so you know - it was.
Traffic fatalities are up in NYC."The report said a preliminary analysis suggested that the crashes were concentrated on highways, far removed from many of the areas that have been the focus of the city’s initiatives."
The 11th Street Bridge construction team has closed the bike/pedestrian trail that runs between the intersection of 11th & O Streets SE and the Navy Yard Riverwalk East end. The trail will be closed for approximately 3 weeks to facilitate demolition of the old 11th Street bridge. Also, last night, Good Luck road was closed below DC 295.
DDOT is hosting a design update and review meeting for Minnesota Ave NE. "The study limits are Minnesota Avenue from A Street to Sheriff Road...The design documents for this project are at 90% completion and reflect many comments from previous public meetings held in your community." Tuesday, June 19th 6:30-8:30pm at Friendship Edison PCS/Woodson Senior High School.
This fall, work will begin on an EA for transforming the SE Freeway west of Barney Circle into Southeast Boulevard. This will include an "adjacent new multi-use trail to allow bicycle and pedestrian travel not currently possible in this area."
Work to begin this summer on the Broadneck Trail in Cape St. Clair, MD. Eventually the trail could connect to the B&A Trail. "Phase 1 includes the construction of a trail along College Parkway from Green Holly Drive to Cape St. Claire Road."
A new CaBi station is being installed at the corner of Quincy and Wilson Blvd in Ballston (see photo by Mark P)
If the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project goes forward, bike/ped crossings at 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th and 11th are planned. And the post construction Virginia Avenue will include a "pedestrian/bicyclist friendly facility from Garfield Park to 11th Street." In option B that means bike lanes and in option C that's a shared use path.
Cyclist injured this morning after falling off of their bike and getting hit by a car. "Police are talking to witnesses and trying to determine who had the right of way." The article makes sure to note that "There are no bike lanes there." Unless this happened at an intersection, or they cyclist swerved in front of the car without proper distance, I can't see how they don't have the right of way.
Saw these two bikes at the Whole Foods near GW. Their plates read "Park Hyatt Washington DC." The Park Hyatt offers guests a "Free bicycle valet program includes four-hour rental, helmet, lock, bottled water, and bike map; available from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m." which is what I guess these are.
Recovering the lost links from this morning, when I wished everyone a happy bike to school day [We did not participate because it's faster to walk the 1.5 blocks to day care, but we were with you in spirit].
AAA-MidAtlantic put out a report on Friday noting that at least 9 cyclists have been killed in the last 12 months in the DC and Maryland area and asking cyclists and drivers to be more careful. I can speak to all of these crashes, but of the 5 that are in my coverage area, there are at least two errors.
"On June 28, 2011, a 14-year-old girl was killed when the bicycle she was riding struck a pedestrian in the 1800 block of Bryant Street, in Northeast Washington, D.C. The girl was not wearing a safety helmet, according to the Metropolitan Police Department." The victim was not a 14 year old girl but a man in his 30's who hit a 14 year old girl. Not sure how they know anything about his helmet status (it wasn't reported).
"In September, a 24-year-old Bowie woman was killed when her bicycle reportedly drifted into a travel lane on Crain Highway in Bowie, according to the Maryland State Police." Nope, "Cpl. James Brazill, a spokesman for the Maryland State Police College Park Barrack, said a 2011 Chevy Malibu traveling southbound on U.S. 301/MD Route 3 near Sylvan Drive at about 9:20 p.m. left the righthand lane of the road and struck Danielle Marie Cooper of Bowie, who was riding her bike in the road shoulder."
And one of the fatalities was a freak accident where a cyclist got hit by a falling branch on the C&O trail.
This is going to shock you, but someone on Craigslist was selling stolen bikes. And someone was able to recover their bike from the thief. The victim asked the police to send a plainclothes officer to join them, but none was available. Still, I think a regular police officer would have been helpful.
When Mexico City’s lefty Mayor Marcelo Ebrard began the Sunday morning rides five years ago — known as Muevete en Bici — his critics (heck, even some of his friends) thought it was a publicity stunt. Ebrard famously commutes to work once a month by bike, and drags his staff along.
Sure, urban bicycle rides are now popular in major first world cities, but in the Mexican capital, famous for its clogged arteries and heart-clutching smog?