Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Rolling forward: D.C. bicycling report for September 2017

Highlights of BAC accomplishments in September:

The BAC held its regular bimonthly meeting on Sept. 6. The agenda focused on strategic planning to develop priorities for the new fiscal year, a process continuing at the October committee meetings and November general meeting.

Under the leadership of Facilities Committee co-chair Jeanie Osburn, the BAC submitted official comment on the northern extension of the Metropolitan Branch Trail.

The BAC testified in support of the Transportation Benefits Equity Amendment Act of 2017. The BAC submitted its official position in writing. Speaking individually, Legislative Committee chair John Serrao testified in person at the Sept. 25 hearing.

Talking with his hands, BAC Legislative Committee chair John Serrao testifies before the Transportation & the Environment Committee.
The BAC cheered news that we're No. 2. According to new Census Bureau data, D.C. has the second highest percent of bike commuters among large cities. The 2016 figure is 4.6%, up from 4.1% in 2015. (For more information, see the League of American Bicyclists report.) Together with people who walk to work, D.C. has the highest rate of active transportation commuters in the country. 13.7% walk + 4.6% bike = 18.3%, according to the Coalition for Smarter Growth.

BAC chair David Cranor was quoted in the New York Times story, "Bike-Sharing Is Flourishing in Washington. Can the City Handle It?"

This month: October activities

BAC committees are meeting this month as follows:

Legislative Committee Meeting
Tues., Oct. 17
6 p.m.
The Potter's House
1658 Columbia Rd NW

Facilities Committee Rolling Meeting
Sat., Oct. 21
9:30 a.m.
Meeting point and route to be determined.

Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee Meeting
Wed., Oct. 25
6 p.m.
Ancient Rivers
2121 14th St NW

Please check back for agendas. BAC committee meetings are open to the public. Save the date for the Nov. 1 general meeting at 6 p.m. at 441 4th St NW.