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."
CaBi expansion in DC has been delayed, according to Mayor Gray's spokesperson Pedro Ribeiro "because of delays getting them from the supplier...but DDOT thinks in the next 6 weeks they will have all the stations in."
There's only one word for someone who parks in the L Street cycletrack - Fulparkerare
"There is a pot of $10.7 million for bike lanes and trails, which appears to be entirely new; formerly, there was no dedicated local bike money. The budget staff have promised to follow up to confirm this. Another $5.1 million will go to "bike-friendly streetscapes," which will be interesting to see in more detail."
The new Douglass Bridge gets fully funded.
A profile of locally-educated Alta Planning + Design president and bike-lover Mia Birk. It's interesting that in all the talk of how women are under-represented in biking, there are quite a few bike businesses operating in DC that are led by women (Alta, Toole Design, BikeStation, Capitol Hill Bikes, etc...)
"It is bike lanes. It is dog parks. It is about state-of-the-art swimming facilities. It is about recreation centers. Capital Bikeshare. Car2Go. Streetcars. It's about a way of life. Black folks want this stuff, they're just not as passionate about it.""
"This is the make or break year, so we know that we need additional revenue, the state needs additional revenue in the trust fund to actual build the Purple Line," said Madden. "So far we are optimistic, based on the discussions going on, that will happen."
The Assembly is having a season kick-off volunteer open house this Wednesday, 7:30pm at Bicycle Space. It's a great chance for returning and prospective volunteers to meet other volunteers and get a sense of what volunteering with Bicycle Space is like. Volunteers are a key part of all the free bike rides and events we put on throughout the year, we couldn't do it without the help of the community! Snacks and beverages will be provided.
NYPD is now conducting robust investigations of traffic crashes that result in critical injuries but not certain or likely death. "Paul Steely White, the executive director of Transportation Alternatives, a cycling and pedestrian advocacy group that has been sharply critical of the city’s enforcement of traffic laws, hailed the changes as “a very significant step toward a safer, more humane city.”
Driving and biking is not a zero sum game, IMO. But, I do think that driving is quite a steal, whereas biking is more accurately priced. So, policies that bring driving closer to the real price, make biking more competitive and probably result in more biking on the margin. That's why policies to more accurately price parking (through the removal of minimums or a change in the RPP system) or gasoline use (as Maryland is proposing) are likely to result in small upticks in biking, again IMO. Which is why I report on it here. In addition, the Maryland transportation funding issue is relevant because bikes are transportation and funding the Purple Line is key to extending the CCT.
'US DOT will partner with the two-wheeled community for two safety summits this spring. After asking where it should be held (Portland got a loud response), LaHood clarified that D.C. is out of the running: “I’m sorry for all you D.C. people,” he said.' More from the Bike Summit here.
" Curiously, a small portion of Americans walk or bike 60 minutes to work each way." I'm actually surprised that bicyclists aren't a larger percentage of super-commuters than they are of commuters, but then the data is for bicyclists and pedestrians, so cyclists probably get drowned out by pedestrians in the data. But I know many people who, like me, are willing to bike longer because it counts as their daily excercise too.
"The Capital Bikeshare station currently located on the sidewalk near the C & O Canal Wisconsin Avenue bridge in Georgetown will be relocated farther south to 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW in the street. The station is being moved because of a new condo project that will not allow for enough space on the sidewalk." A loading zone will be removed to make room for the CaBi station.
BikeArlington is looking for volunteers for its bike light giveaway.
NCPC is hosting an open house to present the draft polices for first-ever Federal Urban Design Element for the Comprehensive Plan. The policies will provide guidance for the design of federal facilities and the promotion of more active public space. Join us at the District Architecture Center (421 7th Street, NW Washington, DC) anytime between 6:30-8:30 pm.
This isn't totally bike related (though it does appear staff are using bikes to follow along with the shuttle and people are using bikes to see it - so I'll call that working bikes), but it is pretty darn cool.
It requires the Mayor to issue a comprehensive plan, termed the Fleet Management Strategy, once a year. This plan would, among other things, certify compliance with the vehicle fleet requirements of section 2 of the Bicycle Safety Enhancement Amendment Act of 2008. That section reads
Sec. 2. Bicycle safety enhancements for District-owned, heavy-duty vehicles. (a) The Mayor shall: (1) Equip all District-owned, heavy-duty vehicles with the following: (A) Blind-spot mirrors; (B) Reflective blind-spot warning stickers; and (C)
Side-underrun guards to prevent bicyclists, other vehicles, or
pedestrians from sliding under rear wheels. (2)
Require that operators of District-owned, heavy-duty vehicles receive
bicycle and pedestrian safety training from a curriculum and
instructors that are approved by the District Department of
Currently everything in that law is being complied with except for the side-underrun guards mentioned in part C. Adding those was estimated to cost $2.9 million in 2008, but the money was never allocated. Perhaps that would be a good use of traffic camera revenue - as it would protect both pedestrians and cyclists. The District is probably at great risk of liability since they have the law on the books, but have never implemented it. A jury probably wouldn't look too kindly on the "Yeah, we knew it was dangerous, but fixing it was too expensive" argument.
It also calls on the Director of Public Works to promote the use of bikeshare for work related travel, and it limits the purchase of new vehicles if the trips they would accommodate can be accommodated by bikeshare or transit.
And finally it calls on both the Mayor and the Secretary to the Council of the District of Columbia to report, separately, by the end of the year "Whether the use of alternative transportation, such as WMATA services, Circulator, Capital Bikeshare, and taxicabs by District government employees for work-related business could be increased and, if so, how."
By helping DC employees to use CaBi as part of their work duties, they could increase the pool of cyclists in DC (and maybe save some money), And if side underrun guards are finally added to all DC heavy-duty trucks, that would make the roads safer for all cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and scooter riders. This is a law that cyclists should support.
Bicycling advocates want to know why there's been no progress for two
years on extending the proposed path between Union Station and Silver
Spring. "Some of what we face is a challenge of resources and dealing with
multiple trail projects moving forward at the same time," says Sam
Zimbabwe who works in DDOT's planning and policy office. "And this is
probably one of the most challenging sections of the trail in terms of
dealing with competing needs of the right-of-way."
Ice Cream + Bicycles? Is this heaven? "the bikes are a cheaper alternative to a food truck, and they'll allow
him to sell from multiple locations rather than one. He says he was
inspired by ice cream bikes he remembers from growing up in Peru."
Operating revenue is way up in Arlington, see the graph below, and in June 2012, revenue exceeded operating and marketing costs for only the 2nd time. "Fiscal Year 2011 had a 53% cost recovery ratio and FY12 saw an increase to 64%....Arlington’s portion of the service had $411,000 in revenues from
memberships, user fees, and sponsorships and $473,000 in operations
expenses, plus $170,000 in management and marketing – totaling $643,000
in expenses. The number of trips starting and ending in Arlington
increased by about 280% to 88,613 (trips starting) and 86,438 (trips
ending). The number of miles ridden in Arlington increased 343% to about
95,000 miles, which helped remove nearly 64,000 pounds of CO2 from the
air. The service also got us more active and we burned over 4.1 million
calories to be fit."