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Since it seems like this bridge will never get built (grrr Anne Arundel County developers grrr), how hard is it to ford the river there?
Toggle Commented Jan 15, 2015 on WB&A Trails quietly delayed at TheWashCycle
The sidewalk/trail along the south side of Maine Avenue SW, between 15th (the Tidal Basin) and 9th (the Wharf), has been narrowed by about half. The inverted-T-shaped metal barriers that they've used would be very hazardous for a bicycle to crash into, since the metal "foot" is just a few inches high.
what kind of bank sends out stuff about revolutions?
Toggle Commented Jun 24, 2014 on Graphic from my bank at TheWashCycle
@SJE: under the Bush administration, NHTSA ruled that pedestrian crash compatibility was not important -- and soon thereafter, millions of high-and-rigid SUVs flooded onto American roads. However, since 2009 NHTSA has been considering harmonizing its rules with the EU pedestrian safety rules, which have been in place for a decade now.
OK, so there will be a bike lane for all but the last 75 seconds (the time it takes to bike 1/4 mi.) of the ride to the Metro -- therefore, the entire project must be canceled. By that logic, because there is one stoplight on I-70 in Breezewood, Penna., therefore the entire 2,153 mile long interstate has been fundamentally compromised, and demolition will commence on Tuesday. Sorry about that, but the perfect must be the enemy of the good. Meanwhile, that "the worst place in the world for a bike lane" is right here in Alexandria is quite a high honor, especially given the competition!
Giant study of various alternatives for M St. SE/SW: tl;dr: there are bits of the street that lack the ROW for everything, and ultimately when it comes down to it, transit lanes probably win out over bike lanes. P St. SW is the missing on-street link to get the ART around Fort McNair; the travel lane is too narrow for a bike lane, but there's room just outside the fort perimeter wall for a MUP/cycletrack.
And yet places like Boulder have found that, by reducing the marginal cost of additional trips (particularly off-peak) to zero, annual passes work wonders for transit. I do agree that the marginal cost of the first trip is too high (in time and money); that pricing may have been a way to stave off CC transaction fees at the start. I think of the system as a "walk extender," particularly since stations here aren't every block.
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2013 on New Pricing Structure Needed at TheWashCycle
I think it's a mild improvement over the inverted U. The O shape provides a cross bar, a greater contact area with the ground, and a chance to hide the ground bolts behind a plate.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2013 on Bike parking at Monroe Street market at TheWashCycle
I think the fact that this ride attracted several hundred people, that other rides (Tweed, BikeSpace, etc.) are also drawing almost unmanageably large crowds, that WABA's rides (like 50 States) regularly sell out months in advance indicates that there's a huge and unmet demand for people to ride together and enjoy public space together. It's no more reasonable or realistic to demand that every single group of 2+ bicyclists must arrange a parade permit and $1000s in paid security -- which Bike DC, Tour de Fat, etc. are unable to get anyways -- than to dictate that every single park picnic shall be permitted and registered a year in advance. WABA posted a response on its site that acknowledges that this isn't realistic: "Community events are either cancelled or left to operate on their own. But we do look forward to an open conversation with police about how we can better work together to find a balance that helps ensure the safety of group bike rides."
I've briefly talked with someone at MWAA, who said that they'd met with Arlington about "the red bikes" at some point last year. A station there would benefit not just air travelers but also airport and airline employees, and it would be a bicycle amenity that few other U.S. cities could replicate. (YTZ, Toronto's downtown airport, has a bike share station at its main access gate.) For now, I often CaBi over to Crystal Drive and walk back to the airport via the tunnel or Airport Access Road bridge. That adds another 20+ minutes to the trip vs. just having a CaBi station at the airport. If you're also keen on getting a station at DCA, make sure you note it on the CaBi Crowdsourcing Map. There are four DCA locations pinned there; I recently added two that are away from the terminals, but along easy-to-follow access routes to the trail and in locations that are currently not serving anyone. MWAA may have been concerned about slow CaBis mingling with speeding cabs along the access roads, and keeping the CaBi stations closer to the MVT may prevent that scenario.
I once survived a conference in Providence thanks to their banana-espresso shakes. Hope this location will have the same!