Monday, April 1, 2019

Rolling forward: D.C. bicycling report for March 2019

Highlights of BAC accomplishments in March:

The BAC held its bimonthly meeting on March 6.

The guest speakers were representatives of the Department of Public Works, who briefed the BAC on bike lane parking enforcement and other issues of concern to bicyclists.


On a related note, the BAC voted to support DDOT “Proper Behavior in Bike Lanes” rulemaking and submitted its official position favoring “rules that remove ambiguity around driver behavior in bike lanes, especially if such rules result in regular enforcement.”

BAC Chair Pro-Tem and Ward 5 representative Tom Bridge was reappointed on March 19.


BAC Chair and Ward 4 representative Rachel Maisler and member Anders Pedersen joined a March 31 community ride supporting bicycle facilities on K Street NE, with crosstown connectivity into downtown. The Facilities Committee has given input about the corridor on several occasions, most recently in the summer of 2016.

Pedersen and Maisler on the K Street NE corridor 


This month: April activities

BAC committees are meeting as follows:

Legislative Committee Meeting
Mon., April 8
6 p.m.
Northeast Neighborhood Library
330 7th St NE
Mezzanine Conference Room

The meeting will review upcoming legislation and elect a 2019 chair.

Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee Meeting
Tues., April 9
6:30 p.m.
Library Express
1990 K St NW (entrance on 20th Street)
Study Room 1

Agenda to be determined.

Facilities Committee Rolling Meeting
Sat., April 27
1 p.m.
Takoma Recreation Center
301 Van Buren St NW

The rolling meeting will survey parts of the Rock Creek East I livability study area.

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BAC committee meetings are open to the public.

Save the date for the next full BAC meeting on May 1 at 6 p.m. at 441 4th St NW.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Rolling forward: D.C. bicycling report for February 2019

Highlights of BAC accomplishments in February:

Chair Rachel Maisler testified at the BAC’s annual performance oversight hearing on Feb. 25.
The Facilities Committee met to plan spring and summer rolling meetings, a.k.a. field rides.

Joined by two DDOT planners, the Facilities Committee discussed areas for upcoming rides.
The Legislative Committee also met and identified a timely measure to raise for a BAC vote in March.

Ward 1 member Emily Oaksford was reappointed.
As the calendar turned, a new BAC member took office. Anders Pedersen has joined as Councilmember Mendelson’s representative.
This month: March activities

The BAC meets on March 6 at 6 p.m. at 441 4th St NW, 11th floor. View the agenda here.

BAC March 2019 meeting

The BAC meets on March 6 at 6 p.m. at 441 4th St NW, 11th floor.

Bicycle Advisory Council
3/6/19 Meeting Agenda

1. Call to order; introductions

2. Introduction of new BAC members
• Emily Curley, Ward 3
• Anders Pedersen, At-large Mendelson

3. Public comment

4. Guest speaker: Department of Public Works

5. MPD report

6. DDOT report

7. Legislative Committee report
• February meeting
• Discussion and possible vote regarding DDOT “Proper Behavior in Bike Lanes” rulemaking

8. Facilities Committee report
• February meeting
• Upcoming rides

9. Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee report
• Crash reports
• Distracted driving changes

10. Selection of alternate representative to Major Crash Review Task Force

11. Selection of Capital Trails Coalition representative

12. Discussion of BAC budget
• Discussion and possible vote to fund Vision Zero Summit registration(s) for BAC member(s)
• Other upcoming conferences and budget requests

13. Approval of January minutes

14. Adjournment

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BAC meetings are open to the public. ID is required to enter the building. Once through security, take elevators on the right-hand side to the 11th floor.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Rolling forward: D.C. bicycling report for January 2019

Highlights of BAC accomplishments in January:

The BAC held its bimonthly meeting on Jan. 9. The meeting focused on discussion with MPD Assistant Chief Jeffery Carroll, pictured at left.


The BAC also elected new officers. Ward 6 member David Cranor chose not to run for another term as chair. The new leadership includes Chair Rachel Maisler, Chair Pro-tem Tom Bridge, and Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Johnson.

Emily Curley was appointed to the Ward 3 seat.


In the field, members attended community meetings about infrastructure projects. At least two members are visible in the picture below, taken at a December public meeting about the 20th/21st/22nd Streets NW protected bike lanes project. Members Jeff Johnson (left) and David Alexander (third from left) reviewed the options for new bike lanes. Note that DDOT is accepting public comment through Feb. 13, 2019. The BAC previously surveyed the area and issued its recommendation last summer.


This month: February activities

BAC committees are meeting as follows:

Cancelled/to be rescheduled
Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee Meeting
Wed., Feb. 20
6:30 p.m.
Library Express
1990 K St NW (entrance on 20th Street)
Study Room 1

The meeting will feature discussion with the Department of Public Works.

Facilities Committee Meeting
Wed., Feb. 27
6 p.m.
Library Express
1990 K St NW (entrance on 20th Street)
Study Room 1

The meeting will review bike lane projects and develop plans for spring and summer rides.

Post updated to add:

Legislative Committee Meeting
Tues., Feb. 26
6 p.m.
Northeast Neighborhood Library
330 7th St. NE
Mezzanine Conference Room

The meeting will review upcoming legislation and elect a 2019 chair.

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Save the date for the next full BAC meeting on March 6 at 6 p.m. at 441 4th St NW.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Rolling forward: D.C. bicycling report for December 2018

Highlights of BAC accomplishments in December:

BAC committees held their bimonthly meetings in December. MPD Assistant Chief Jeffery Carroll attended the Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee meeting to discuss law enforcement matters with committee members.

News of interest

The following news stories and press releases appeared in December.

DDOT Launches New Safety Measures in Support of Mayor Bowser’s Vision Zero Initiative – left turns are being reconfigured to slow drivers and increase pedestrian safety; right turns on red will be prohibited at 100 intersections. For more information, see this news story and this map of the intersections.

A bus driver struck and killed two pedestrians in late December at 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The driver was arrested and reportedly distracted by his phone.

The Washington Post editorial board had this to say: Too many people died in D.C. traffic crashes in 2018. We can do better in 2019.

Dockless vehicles: looking back and forward – DDOT released a report on the dockless vehicle pilot program. Media coverage included D.C. Just Released the First Evaluation of Its Dockless Bike and Scooter Experiment and Six things D.C. says it’s learned about scooters and dockless bikes since they arrived.

At present, DDOT Announces Operators for 2019 Dockless Vehicle Sharing Program. The press release links to the pilot program report and the regulations (rulemaking) now governing dockless vehicles. Media coverage included D.C. Could Have As Many As 16,800 Scooters And E-Bikes On The Roads Next Year and DC’s getting 20,000 shared bikes and scooters in 2019! Well, maybe.

DDOT is studying the possibility of adding an adaptive bikeshare program. The public is invited to learn more and complete a survey here.

Last but not least, Metro to welcome bicycles on trains at rush hour.

This month: January activities

The BAC meets on Jan. 9 with Chief Carroll as the guest speaker. See the full agenda here.

BAC January 2019 meeting

The BAC meets on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. at 441 4th St NW, 11th floor.

Bicycle Advisory Council
1/9/19 Meeting Agenda

1. Call to order; introductions

2. Public comment

3. Guest speaker: MPD Assistant Chief Jeffery Carroll

4. Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee report
December meeting
• MPD ride-along

5. Facilities Committee report
• December meeting

6. DDOT report

7. Discussion and vote to fund one registration fee for the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ Vision Zero Workshop: Redesigning Major Streets for Safety

8. Election of BAC officers

9. Approval of November minutes

10. Adjournment

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BAC meetings are open to the public. ID is required to enter the building. Once through security, take elevators on the right-hand side to the 11th floor.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Rolling forward: D.C. bicycling report for November 2018

Highlights of BAC accomplishments in November:

The November bimonthly meeting featured law enforcement discussion with Sgt. Terry Thorne of the MPD.



The BAC also submitted official comment on DDOT’s dockless bikeshare policy.

This month: December activities

BAC committees are meeting as follows:

Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee Meeting
Thurs., Dec. 13
6:30 p.m.
Library Express
1990 K St NW (entrance on 20th Street)
Large meeting room

The meeting will feature discussion with MPD Assistant Chief Carroll.

Facilities Committee Meeting
Mon., Dec. 17
6:30 p.m.
Library Express
1990 K St NW (entrance on 20th Street)
Study Room 2

Agenda TBD.

Save the date for the next full BAC meeting on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. at 441 4th St NW.

Friday, November 2, 2018

BAC November 2018 Meeting

The BAC meets on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. at 441 4th St NW, 11th floor.

Bicycle Advisory Council
11/7/18 Meeting Agenda

1. Call to order; introductions

2. Public comment

3. Law enforcement discussion with MPD

4. DDOT report

5. Discussion and vote on BAC comment regarding dockless bikeshare rulemaking

6. Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee report

7. Facilities Committee report

8. Approval of September minutes

9. Adjournment

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BAC meetings are open to the public. ID is required to enter the building. Once through security, take elevators on the right-hand side to the 11th floor.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Rolling forward: D.C. bicycling report for October 2018

Highlights of BAC accomplishments in October:

The Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee held an Oct. 4 field meeting in conjunction with a memorial ceremony for cyclist Thomas Hollowell, struck and killed in September at 12th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. The committee recommended a number of safety improvements to lessen the hazards for bicyclists and pedestrians.

A dozen bicyclists attended the Oct. 18 Facilities Committee rolling meeting in the Brookland/Columbia Heights Crosstown Protected Bike Lanes project area. Participants reviewed DDOT design alternatives and rode along designated streets to give feedback about the proposed cycletrack.

Facilities Committee participants reviewed the maps at the start of the meeting.

The rolling meeting stopped at an intersection to evaluate options.

This month: November activities

The BAC meets on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. at 441 4th Street NW, 11th floor. The meeting will focus on law-enforcement issues and discussion with Sgt. Terry Thorne of the police department. Assistant Chief Jeffery Carroll is scheduled to attend the following BAC meeting on Jan. 9, 2019. The November agenda will be posted in the coming days.

The BAC is also evaluating dockless bikeshare in response to the DDOT announcement about proposed rulemaking. The agency is accepting public comment through Nov. 26.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Rolling forward: D.C. bicycling report for September 2018

Highlights of BAC accomplishments in September:

The Sept. 5 bimonthly meeting featured discussion with DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. A full house of appointees and members of the public questioned Marootian about infrastructure improvements, Vision Zero implementation, and other ways to increase bicyclist safety.


BAC chair David Cranor and Ward 4 member Rachel Maisler testified at a Sept. 27 Vision Zero roundtable held by the Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment and the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. Click the links to read the testimony of Cranor, Maisler, and the BAC’s official position. See also the in-depth Pedestrian Advisory Council testimony.

Individuals and organizations can submit written comment through Oct. 11. For instructions, see the hearing notice on the Council calendar page. Audio and video recordings of the six-hour hearing are posted here.

This month: October activities

Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee Field Meeting
Thurs., Oct. 4
5:15 p.m.
Ride from Farragut Square to 12th and Constitution
The committee will assemble at Farragut Square for a public ride to 12th and Constitution, where bicyclist Tom Hollowell was killed on Sept. 24. The committee will study the intersection to recommend safety improvements. Details and RSVP here.

Facilities Committee Rolling Meeting
Thurs., Oct. 18
5:45 p.m.
Wangari Gardens
Intersection of Kenyon Street, Irving Street, and Park Place NW
The rolling meeting will survey parts of the Brookland/Columbia Heights Crosstown Protected Bike Lanes project.

Save the date for the next full BAC meeting on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. at 441 4th St NW.