Friday, October 26, 2012

Request for Information About Met Branch Bike/Ped Bridge Over CSX Tracks

Below is a letter requesting that the District share information about the proposed bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will connect the Metropolitan Branch Trail to the Rhode Island Avenue - Brentwood Station in the District.
MBT Bridge at RI Avenue

Friday, October 12, 2012

Georgia Avenue NW Dedicated Bus Lane and Streetscape Project Meeting

Monday, October 15, 2012, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will hold a workshop to discuss the Georgia Avenue corridor study.  The meeting is at the DC Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Avenue NW from 5p to 7p.

Specifically, the meeting seeks input from the public regarding the lower Georgia Avenue corridor between Barry Place and Florida Avenue NW. The DDOT study proposes multi-modal improvements along the corridor, which include shared transit-bike lanes that are similar to the those used on 7th and 9th Streets NW roughly between E Street and Mt. Vernon Square.  In addition, DDOT has previously posted plans to operate streetcars along Georgia Avenue. This offers an opportunity to include future bicycle consideration for the this corridor.

As always, we appreciate your comments in the comments section. Below is a copy of the meeting announcement:

Georgia Streetscape Project Meeting

Facilities Committee Ride - M Street SE-SW

Image from DDOT's M Street SE-SW
Transportation Study page
Please join the Bicycle Advisory Council's Facilities Committee (BAC-FAC) on a ride or 'rolling meeting', October 27, 2012. We will explore the M and I (Eye) Streets SE / SW corridor on beginning at 1pm at Waterfront Metrorail station, near 4th and M Streets SW. 

The purpose of this ride is to review the current conditions and develop options for bicycle and pedestrian consideration in this area as suggested by the District Department of Transportation September meeting regarding the M Street SE-SW Transportation Study. BAC-FAC would like your thoughts on what bicycling facilities should be considered for this area and your concerns about road safety, signage, pedestrian access, vehicle parking and other issues that affect this area.

The ride will go east on M Street SW and pick up Eye Street, while making stops and notes as we head back west to Waterfront Metro. From there we will optionally explore 4th and P Streets SW. As always, we strongly recommend that you bring a helmet and reserve the right not to allow you on this ride without one. Please plan to arrive about 15 minutes before the ride begins, we will leave the Waterfront Metro Station promptly at 1pm.

Please contact Jeanie Osburn ( if you have questions about the ride. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you and let us know if you have questions.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee Meeting- October 9

The BAC Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee will meet tonight, October 9 at 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Teasim, 400 8th St. NW.

Committee Chair and Ward 4 BAC member Jameel Alsalam will not be in attendance however, BAC member David Alexander will moderate.

The agenda includes the results of the City Council Task Force  regarding the Automated Enforcement
Program.  Click here for the attached items.

To the extent time allows, Mr. Alexander may also discuss the safety and enforcement aspects of proposals to allow mopeds, or electric bicycles on bike trails and in bike lanes, and any agenda items attendees might

See you at 6:30.

Monday, October 1, 2012

BAC Legislative Meeting - Wednesday, October 3

The next Legislative Committee meeting will be Wednesday, October  3 at 6:00pm. The location will be Teaism at 400 8th Street NW.

On the agenda:
  1. Changing the definitions of various vehicles - BAC should define preferred rules with respect to who can use bike lanes, trails and parking for Council Member Mary Cheh's office.
  2. Funding for compliance with the Bicycle Safety Enhancement. An FIS was performed in 2008 that put the cost at $2.8 million (See below). A request was sent to CM Cheh's office as to whether another one is needed. Can the District pay for this with speed camera revenue? Should BAC request that happen?
  3. Any other issues.
The committee chair, David Cranor, may be unable to attend. If this occurs the meeting may be rescheduled or chaired by another BAC member. We look forward to seeing you there. A copy of the Bicycle Safety Enhancement Act of 2008 Fiscal Impact Statement appears below:
Bicycle Safety Enhancement FIS