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.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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

Highlights of BAC accomplishments in August:

Committees held their bimonthly meetings to prepare for projects from September through year’s end.

The Safety Committee meeting included family members of cyclist Malik Habib, killed while bicycling in July

The Legislative Committee met to discuss its agenda for the remainder of 2018
Both committees prepared for a Vision Zero public roundtable the D.C. Council is holding in late September. Taking place on Sept. 27, the roundtable is a joint initiative of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment and the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. It will be held at the John A. Wilson Building at 1:30 p.m. The BAC will circulate the public notice and additional details as they are released.

Member Jeff Johnson was reappointed to the BAC on Aug. 30.

Council chair Phil Mendelson administered the oath of office. At left is Michele Blackwell, chief of staff to Councilmember Elissa Silverman.
Johnson’s appointing authority, Councilmember Silverman, praised Johnson’s service.
This month: September activities

The BAC holds its bimonthly meeting on Sept. 5. The agenda features discussion with DDOT Director Jeff Marootian.

The BAC is co-hosting a Ward 4 Kids Ride with Councilmember Brandon Todd on Sept. 16. The ride assembles at 11 a.m. at Sherman Circle.

The BAC invites bicyclists to participate in PARK(ing) Day and Car-Free Days, both Sept. 21-22.

Save the date for the aforementioned Vision Zero roundtable on Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Av NW.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

BAC September 2018 meeting

The BAC meets on Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. at 441 4th St NW, 11th floor.

Bicycle Advisory Council
9/5/18 Meeting Agenda

1. Call to order; introductions

2. Public comment

3. Guest speaker: DDOT Director Jeff Marootian

4. MPD report

5. Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee report

6. Legislative Committee report

7. Facilities Committee report

8. Approval of July 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.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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

Highlights of BAC accomplishments in July:

The BAC held its bimonthly meeting on July 11.

Ward 4 member Rachel Maisler spearheaded memorial rides in honor of the two cyclists killed in late June and early July. Maisler spoke at a July 19 Vision Zero rally organized by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.
This month: August activities

BAC committees are meeting as follows:

Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee Meeting
Tues., Aug. 7
6 p.m.
West End Library conference room
2301 L St NW

Legislative Committee Meeting
Wed., Aug. 22
6 p.m.
The Potter’s House
1658 Columbia Rd NW

Facilities Committee Rolling Meeting
To be determined

BAC committee meetings are open to the public.

September preview

DDOT Director Jeff Marootian will speak at the BAC’s Sept. 5 meeting at 6 p.m. at 441 4th St NW.

Friday, July 6, 2018

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

Highlights of BAC accomplishments in June:

The BAC committees held meetings in June.
Legislative Committee chair John Serrao and BAC chair David Cranor discuss committee business at the June 13 meeting
DDOT’s Mike Goodno and Facilities Committee chair Susan Balding debrief after the June 23 field ride in the 20th/21st/22nd St. NW protected bike lanes project area
The Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee held a June 25 meeting with a representative of the Department of For-Hire Vehicles. Members discussed ways to increase bicyclist safety in relation to drivers of taxis and ride-hailing cars.

Additionally, members attended Vision Zero assessments of high-crash intersections.
At the intersection of 13th and Kenyon Streets NW in Columbia Heights, BAC chair David Cranor, right, gives input to DDOT staff
BAC member Rachel Maisler spoke to DDOT Director Jeff Marootian at the Vision Zero visit to Mt. Vernon Square
Ward 2 member David Alexander was reappointed to the BAC. Council chair Phil Mendelson administered the oath of office on June 28.
This month: July activities

The BAC meets on July 11 at 6 p.m. at 441 4th St NW. Here is the agenda.

BAC July 2018 meeting

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

Bicycle Advisory Council
7/11/18 Meeting Agenda

1. Call to order; introductions

2. Public comment

3. Lime presentation on dockless bicycles and scooters – Jason Starr, Lime D.C. general manager, and Maggie Gendron, business development and government relations director

4. MPD report

5. DDOT report

6. DMV letter to drivers about bicyclist safety

7. Legislative Committee report
• Discussion and possible vote on BAC recommendations regarding bicycle regulations, legal definitions, and classifications

8. Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee report

9. Facilities Committee report

10. Approval of May minutes

11. 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, June 8, 2018

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

Highlights of BAC accomplishments in May:

The BAC held its bimonthly meeting on May 2. Chair David Cranors personal blog post reports on some of the project updates DDOT gave at the meeting.

BAC members celebrated Bike to Work Day on May 18. Several members spoke to elected and appointed officials at the Freedom Plaza pit stop.

BAC member Rachel Maisler with DDOT Director Jeff Marootian
Maisler with her appointing authority, Councilmember Brandon Todd

Maisler with Councilmember Elissa Silverman

BAC member David Alexander with DDOT Director Jeff Marootian and Department of General Services Director Greer Gillis

Alexander with his appointing authority, Councilmember Jack Evans

Elected officials and other dignitaries
This month: June activities

BAC committees are meeting as follows:

Legislative Committee Meeting
Wed., June 13
6 p.m.
The Potter’s House
1658 Columbia Rd NW

Facilities Committee Rolling Meeting
Sat., June 23
1 p.m.
Meet at 22nd and F Streets NW to survey parts of the 20th/21st/22nd St. NW protected bike lanes project

Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee Meeting
Mon., June 25
5:30 p.m.
Library Express, large conference room
1990 K St NW (entrance on 20th Street)

BAC committee meetings are open to the public.

The BAC is monitoring or attending DDOT meetings on June 11 for the C Street NE Rehabilitation, June 12 for the Crosstown Multimodal Project, and June 23 for the 14th Street NW Columbia Heights workshop. Members are joining DDOT in the field to survey high-crash intersections as part of the District’s Vision Zero program.

Friday, May 4, 2018

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

Highlights of BAC accomplishments in April:

The three BAC committees held meetings and the BAC’s Ward 4 member co-organized a community ride with Councilmember Brandon Todd.

Accompanied by a police escort, some 50 bicyclists rode through Ward 4 to tour the streets and see new infrastructure at traffic circles and elsewhere.


The Facilities Committee took to the hills of Ward 3 to survey the Palisades area and assess connectivity to American University, Georgetown and the Capital Crescent Trail.

Surveying infrastructure on the Arizona Avenue pedestrian bridge

Debriefing and mapping next steps

The Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee and the Legislative Committee held sit-down meetings.

Chair David Cranor was reappointed to the Ward 6 seat. Council chair Phil Mendelson administered the oath of office on April 23.
This month: May activities

Writing on his personal blog, chair David Cranor analyzed the status of several bike lane projects, based on information from DDOT at the May 2 BAC meeting.

Bike to Work Day is May 18.

DDOT is holding a May 23 meeting on the 20th/21st/22nd Streets NW protected bike lanes project.

DDOT is conducting a public survey on dockless bikeshare through June 1.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

BAC May 2018 meeting

The BAC meets on May 2 at 6 p.m. at 441 4th St NW, 11th floor.

Bicycle Advisory Council
5/2/18 Meeting Agenda

1. Call to order; introductions

2. Public comment

3. MPD report

4. DDOT report

5. Discussion of dockless bikeshare and e-bikes

6. Facilities Committee report

7. Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee report

8. Legislative Committee report

9. Approval of March minutes

10. Adjournment


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BAC meetings are open to the public. ID is required to enter the building.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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

Highlights of BAC accomplishments in March:

The BAC held its bimonthly meeting on March 7.

Chair David Cranor attended the Vision Zero Summit on March 15, standing to ask the first question during the concluding panel discussion.

BAC chair David Cranor, center in blue sweater, at the Vision Zero Summit


Ward 4 member Rachel Maisler joined other stakeholders at a March 29 meeting to increase road safety in Petworth.


Maisler, pictured at right, also joined Councilmember Brandon Todd’s staff to test the route for the Ward 4 community ride on April 22.


Member Jeff Johnson drew the BACs attention to a March 22 public meeting about Union Station expansion, emphasizing the need to express support for bicycle facilities within redevelopment plans.

This month: April activities

Legislative Committee Meeting
Thurs., April 19
6 p.m.
The Potters House
1658 Columbia Rd NW

Ward 4 Community Ride
Sun., April 22
10:30 a.m.
Capital Bikeshare station at Upshur and 9th Streets NW

Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee Meeting
Tues., April 24
6 p.m.
The Coupe
3415 11th St NW

Facilities Committee Rolling Meeting
Sat., April 28
11 a.m.
Route and meeting point to be determined

BAC committee meetings are open to the public.

May preview:

The next full BAC meeting is May 2 at 6 p.m. at 441 4th St NW.

Bike to Work Day is May 18.