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In September, Strava - the athletic tracking app - presented its data collection and presentation abilities to the Council of Governments' Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee. They have quite a few local users. Some of the uses they identify, grouped as... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at TheWashCycle
International Winter Bike and Walk to Work Day is Feb 9th. I don't see any local events on the official site, but several people have committed to riding or walking. I won't be working that day, so I'm not committing,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at TheWashCycle
The work of drafting a new Arlington County Master Transportation Plan, and more specifically the Bicycle Element of that continues. You can see the most recent draft, from late November, here and the last post on the MTP here. Since... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at TheWashCycle
Comments are open on the Environmental Assessment of Southeast Boulevard until January 24th, You can view materials from the December 2017 meeting here and fill out the survey here. The first question is about the cross-section. The "Max" option has... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at TheWashCycle
A to-be-built 145 foot tall building in Bethesda will be one of the first to go along the future Capital Crescent Trail and the Purple Line. The building will front Pearl Street which is viewed as a shared street and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at TheWashCycle
Late in 2017, the MWCOG released its 2016 State of the Commuter survey results, and biking and walking were up in the region. (which includes Alexandria; DC; and Fairfax, Arlington, Montgomery, Prince George's, Calvert, Charles, Frederick County, Loudoun and Prince... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at TheWashCycle
So, I'm a little behind. But here's a photo of the new (in October) protected bike lane on Army-Navy drive This is the section of Army-Navy Drive between Nash and Lynn. They moved the bike lane to the other side... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at TheWashCycle
Redbrick bought the Poplar Point land along both sides of Howard Avenue SE back in 2013 and for the last year they've been working with the Office of Zoning to come up with a design that meets their requirements. They're... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at TheWashCycle
I've reported that dockless bikeshare is in DC and Silver Spring, (and by extension other parts of the area), but it's also now officially in Takoma Park, MD too. Four bikeshare companies have signed agreements to operate within Takoma Park.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at TheWashCycle
At it's January 17th meeting, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' (MWCOG) Transportation Planning Board (TPB) will vote on whether or not to include two bicycle and pedestrian initiatives into the Visualize 2045 plan, the long-range transportation plan for the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at TheWashCycle
Two weeks ago, Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz sent a letter to the Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) announcing that he was removing members from the BAC, assigning a new member and making him chair. This seemingly prompted one long-term member,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at TheWashCycle
So Last month, DDOT and the FRA presented the proposed alternatives for the replacement to the Long Bridge, which is the railroad bridge across the Potomac just downstream from the 14th Street Bridges. The 2013 Long Bridge study created several... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at TheWashCycle
Despite the fact that people had been talking about the purple line for 20+ years, the beginning of construction, and closure of the Georgetown Branch, still came suddenly and as a bit of a surprise. One result was that cyclists... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at TheWashCycle
This is the last post in my tunnel series. You can read the other posts here and here. The Othello Tunnels on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail There are a lot of trails with one or two tunnels on them,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at TheWashCycle
Alexandria wants to turn Royal Street into a "Neighborhood Bikeway" and work on that could begin this spring - though it seems like part of the project is behind schedule already. The concept for a bikeway, or bicycle boulevard, on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at TheWashCycle
This year, DDOT will be rehabilitating the 16th Street Bridge over Piney Branch Parkway. They're going to be replacing the fencing, repairing the concrete, restoring the sculptures, adding storm water management planters, replacing guardrails and improving the slopes near the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at TheWashCycle
You are cordially invited to the 3rd annual cleanup of the Metropolitan Branch Trail for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan 15th hosted by Carlos Rosario School and Washington Area Bicyclist Association. We will meet at Carlos... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at TheWashCycle
Willett Branch is a small stream in the Westbard area of Bethesda. It's been much mistreated over the years, now running more like a concrete drainage trench than a stream. But the Westbard Sector Plan calls for that to change.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at TheWashCycle
The US Department of Transportation recently issued its Draft Strategic Plan for comments (sorry, they're not accepting them anymore). The Strategic Plan establishes the strategic goals and objectives for the DOT for FY2018 through FY2022. It doesn't mention much about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at TheWashCycle
Though work has begun on the next section of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (from the Ft. Totten Trash Transfer Center to the north side of the Ft. Totten Metro) design work continues on the section north of that to Maryland.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at TheWashCycle
Earlier this month, Alexandria's City Council adopted the proposed Vision Zero Action Plan, "a guidance document that will help the City achieve its goal of eliminating all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2028." In so doing, Alexandria joins DC... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at TheWashCycle
According to someone who rides the trail often, work has started on Phase IV of the Western Maryland Rail Trail. As I noted in September The current trail will be continued from its current terminus and then across a rehabilitated... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at TheWashCycle
As noted last week, there are quite a few trail tunnels in the area, including some of the longest in the world. Looking at the four closest states to DC and DC, the number of bike/ped tunnels are pretty impressive:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at TheWashCycle
In the winter of 2016, Toole Design inspected the Telegraph Road and Holmes Run Trail Tunnels and devised a list of short and long-term recommendations for maintaining and replacing them. Because the Telegraph Road Tunnel is only accessible via stairs,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at TheWashCycle
Pennsylvania Avenue could arguable be considered DC's most important street, and it competes with K Street as DC's most famous (thanks Soderbergh!) but since the section in front of the White House was closed it's become less important as an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at TheWashCycle