Milloy argues that because DC doesn't have good bike infrastructure, we shouldn't build bike infrastructure.

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Courtland Milloy has chosen to write another anti-safe streets column, and as is usual it's full of mularkey.

To better understand what the fight over bike lanes in the District is about, it apparently helps to visit Copenhagen.

I've never been, but I think I have a good grasp on it and it has nothing to do with Copenhagen. Here's what you need to know to understand the fight. It isn't even about bike lanes. It's about public space and who gets to use it and how. On one side are those who believe we should set aside more space for biking (among other things) and a side that doesn't. The side that does has - at least publicly - the buy in of the DC government as well as the regional authorities, and the side that doesn't has the power of the status quo. This is a fight similar to like a million others and you don't have to go to Europe to understand it. One side wants change for reasons we agree are good and the other side doesn't want change for reasons they're embarrassed to admit. 

Paul Dougherty, a resident of the Spring Valley neighborhood, called Copenhagen “a bicyclist utopia”

Not necessarily true, but the downside is...?

...that was unrealistic for the District.

This is bad faith argument. The goal is not to become Copenhagen anytime soon. If everything in the MoveDC plan were put in place and the entire Capital Trail Coalition plan were built, we wouldn't be Copenhagen. There is literally no plan to move that far on any timeline. 

Dougherty is leading a group of residents opposed to converting two lanes of the Dalecarlia Parkway into bike lanes.

You can read Dougherty's petition at change.org (more like nochange.com amiright?). He's got 600+ signatures as of this writing. His opposition stems from:

  1. As he sees it, people don't want them. Or at least people who live near him don't.  
  2. Bike lanes will slow down ambulances. "The hospital now enjoys a clear, direct, approach for these vehicles which under the Study will require vehicles to at least cross the bike and pedestrian lanes."
  3. Dalecarlia Parkway is a Parkway with a 40 MPH speed limit. Bikes that travel at 20 MPH should not be sharing the road with cars doing 40 MPH
  4. major traffic congestion along Dalecarlia will not help the back-up during the morning or evening rush hours. 

Let's look at these one at a time. There's no proof that (1) is correct and even if it is, not wanting something is not a good enough reason. That's the logic of a 6 year old. On (2), here's what DDOT says

DDOT has shared the draft recommendations from the Livability Study with Sibley Hospital, and they have no concerns at this time. They have requested that DDOT notify DC FEMS and private ambulance providers. DDOT will continue to update Sibley Hospital as the project progresses.

For (3), that's literally what the bike lanes are for?

On (4), ding ding ding, we have a winner! Like I said, this is about public resources (space) and who gets to benefit from it. Paul would like people who want to drive 40 mph without traffic congestion to benefit. DDOT wants people who will bike to benefit. Which makes sense because as a city, we've already set goals to have more people bike and fewer people drive. 

Back to Milloy

People at the meeting were saying to Cheh, a bicycle enthusiast (the opponents claim they're bike enthusiasts too, so everyone's a bike enthusiast) who chairs the transportation committee, “ ‘We’ve been to Copenhagen, and D.C. is nothing like Copenhagen,’ ” Dougherty recalled.

Yeah. "Copenhagen is spectacular and this town is a real shithole. Do you thing the morons in this room could build a city half that nice? No way! We shouldn't even try. Didn't we all move here BECAUSE this place is a dangerous shithole?" 

But seriously, this is how it always goes. Person A: "I saw something nice in xxx" Person B: "well this isn't xxx and we're incapable of learning from anyone else's experience" Person A: "Oh, we are" Person: "Game. Set. Touchdown." (<- This is intentional). 

Milloy then points out the Denmark and Copenhagen started out from a better place than we have probably at any time in the last 120 years - and that's true. I push against other bike advocates for the same reason. We can't just magically become Copenhagen overnight. We are starting from another spot and have to make our own path. But... that doesn't mean we aren't aspiring to the same thing, or at least something similar. That doesn't mean we should act as though Copenhagen doesn't exist or that their grits cook faster than ours or something. 

While more D.C. residents are moving away from cars toward public transportation, scooters and, yes, bikes, the truth is that we are still far from having an infrastructure to support all those things on the roads and pedestrians.

If only there were some way to fix that. Like maybe the infrastructure will come here on its own if we all sit real quietly.

The problem is, the Dalecarlia Parkway serves as a commuter gateway in and out of Maryland and Virginia, with links to Chain Bridge Road and the Clara Barton Parkway.

I agree, that is a problem, but if we shut it down entirely people will get REALLY angry.

Oh...you meant that it's a major regional commuter route and a road diet here would inconvenience some drivers. Oh...OK. Then my answer is "I don't care." We need to change the transportation system. We need to make it safer, more equitable and cleaner. We need to make a system that lets everyone who wants to bike and walk, safe to do so. And to do that we have to take space from drivers and we need to make driving less convenient. On the upside, it will also make driving safer and reduce pollution in your neighborhood. So it's really a win-win.

“Dalecarlia was designed to keep traffic from our neighborhood streets,” said Alma Gates, a longtime resident of the District’s Palisades neighborhood. “When you shut down two lanes of the parkway, traffic is going to start coming through the neighborhoods and that will pose a huge safety concern for us.”

Actually....Dalecarlia Parkway was partially built on a bicycle route that was built by cyclists (using their own money and labor) in the late 1890's. And then road was built to provide access between Western Avenue and Conduit Road. Not that it matters. What matters is that there is no credible scenario where this road diet causes traffic to redirect through either Spring Valley or the Palisades. That's just hogwash. 

But also....If you don't want cars in your neighborhood...if they're a problem...we can do something about that. 

Residents complain that the city was taking action without their knowledge or rushing to implement policies before citizens could organize in opposition.

This was part of the Rock Creek Far West study that began in early 2019. A bike facility was in the MoveDC in 2014 and in the 2005 bike plan. It might have been in the bike plan from the 1976 for all I know. It's all on the web. There is no rushing or hiding. You're writing this about a PUBLIC MEETING where the councilmember showed up!!!

Copenhagen is working in cooperation with 17 other municipalities in the capital region of Denmark to build a network of “cycle superhighways.” The plan is to make fast and comfortable routes from the suburbs to the city center. Cooperation for a project like that does not exist in the Washington region.

You'd be excused for not knowing about this, but such a project does exist. It was reported about in a little local paper called the Washington Post

Forty years. Patient, deliberative, one step at a time.

Courtland Milloy must be the only person who thinks DC is moving too fast at building out it's bike network. In 1974 they set the goal of 30 miles of bike lane, which they didn't achieve until ~2010. "One step at a time" is our jam. And by time we mean months and months. Same writer, two paragraphs later:

By 2025, Copenhagen expects to have 75 percent of the trips in the city made by foot, bicycle or public transit. In the District, the goal is to have 10 more miles of bike lanes by 2024. But the plan is behind schedule 

Maybe we need more patience. 

The problem in D.C. is that we aren’t seeing the big picture,” said Thomas Smith, a resident of the Spring Valley neighborhood. “Decisions are being made one street at a time without regard for how it’s going to affect the next street. Nobody is looking at the whole city.”

Oh FFS Thomas. Really? Really? Again: Bike plan in 2005. Comprehensive Transportation Plan in 2014. The city has a comprehensive plan, which it updates often. We have regional plans. We've got plans Thomas. We've got plans. [Thomas Smith use to be on ANC 3d and lost his election.  He opposed the New Mexico Ave bike lanes making claims about the damage they would do that never came true.]

opposition to more lanes continues to mount.

“Copenhagen is a thousand-year-old flat peninsula with lots of roads everywhere,” Dougherty said. “In D.C., everything is up. There is no comparison.”

There is opposition and repeating these bad faith arguments as if they're anything other than what they are doesn't help. 

When the Subway put the city back together

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Metrorail as planned in 1969

December 9th will mark the 50th Anniversary of the groundbreaking for Metro. Before that happened, the Post ran an article on Nov 19, 1969 about what the Metro would mean for the region. That article was entitled "When the Subway Puts the City Back Together" by Joe Andrson. While this is a bit off topic, 1969 could also be viewed as the starting point for the modern bicycle movement in DC, making biking and the subway littermates of sorts, so I hope you'll indulge me a bit.

On Dec 9, 1969, Secretary of Transportation John Volpe and several local officials did the traditional shovel and hardhat ceremony at Judiciary Square marking the beginning of work on the Metro. Until a week earlier, the groundbreaking was to be at Lafayette Park where President Nixon would throw a switch on an earth auger to dig a small hole that would become an air vent for the Metro system, but one week out the White House asked to move it and at the last minute Nixon pulled out, but he did sign a bill earlier that day that would fund the full system.

The construction was one of the most disruptive events in Washington travel - which at the time was pretty much driving, bus or walking - and to some extent aided in the rise of cycling. The city was already congested, and the construction was only making it worse. How to get around in such a mess? By bicycle of course. 

The November 1969 Post article is more hopeful than dreary, but it has a bit of both. It's concerned about traffic and businesses that will go under when customers can't get to them (and both of those happen), but it also talks about a building boom along Metro corridors, economic growth, a chance to experiment with planning and building design, jobs, "high rise apartments and office centers in the ghetto", suburban job opportunities for urban dwellers and faster/easier transportation. Many of which also happened. 

There were so many stories of businesses that were impacted by the work. Many merchants were upset that they were losing vault space - areas below the roads that their basements extended into - and Woodward and Lothrop lost their pedestrian tunnel beneath G Street that connected their two stores, as well as a corner of their store for an entrance. Metro had to tear down a lot of buildings, because it was just cheaper than shoring them up, especially around Metro Center. One building even hosted the Secret Service training school. In 1969, they planned to take part or all of 480 businesses and 520 dwellings. 

At the time they thought Metro would be running by 1972 - but it wouldn't open until 1976. Interestingly, they state in the article that Metro has plans for a pedestrian tunnel between the two Farragut stations - something that is still just a plan - though the system was designed without long tunnels that attract "muggings and urination."

Several years ago, a Post writer posited that only two things connected everyone in the region - Metro and the Washington Football Team - and now maybe that's not true anymore. But Metrorail did help put the city, still recovering from the 1968 riots, back together. And now, you can take your bike on Metro any time you want to. 

What's the deal with the Roosevelt Bridge?

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If you've ever biked or walked across the Theodore Roosevelt bridge, you've probably wondered how the hell we ended up with such a weird bridge sidewalk. I'm here to tell you the story and it's a bit crazy. 

First of all, for those unfamiliar, the Roosevelt Bridge has a 6 ft. wide sidewalk on each side. The north side sidewalk is the usable one, as it connects the Kennedy Center to the Mt. Vernon Trail, while the south side one connects to the E Street Expressway (and then via a substandard sidewalk the intersection of 23rd and Constitution Ave) in DC with...well nothing. It just dead-ends on the Virginia side (though a desire path seems to indicate that SOMEONE is using it).

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The most obvious question is

Why doesn't the downstream walk connect to anything on the Virginia side?

To answer that question we have to talk about how the bridge ended up with sidewalks. 

The design presented to the Fine Arts Commission in 1959 included sidewalks on both sides. These sidewalks ended at stairs that would lead down to Little Island (the southern part of Roosevelt Island) on the downstream and Roosevelt Island on the upstream. This would create a pedestrian connection from DC to the Islands where the Monument would go, which DC's Bureau of Roads wanted. The DC Department of Highways, on the other hand, didn't want them included, fearing they would encourage people to run across the highway. Furthermore, sidewalks weren't allowed on Interstates. The two struck a deal to include only the upstream sidewalk and a 2'4" wide maintenance walk on the downstream side. The purpose of the maintenance walk was for workers to get on the bridge or drivers of broken down cars to walk off. It wasn't really for transportation. The upstream sidewalk was preferred as a connection because it would give access to Roosevelt Island, though some preferred the downstream walk for the views, but upstream won out. Planners were able to get a waiver to include sidewalks along an interstate and they resubmitted the design to the FAC.

But the Fine Arts Commission overruled them arguing that the bridge would look lopsided without equal sized sidewalks (same reason for this sidewalk). They forced them to widen the maintenance walk but not to expand its purpose.  Highway officials reluctantly relented. In retrospect, it would have been better if they'd ignored symmetry and forced them to widen the upstream sidewalk to 9 feet. 

FAC also recommended that once the Roosevelt Bridge was opened, that the Memorial Bridge should be closed to commuter traffic. [Oh, what could have been.]

Anyway, that's why the downstream doesn't connect to VA. It wasn't meant to be a transportation path. It was meant to be a way to evacuate or access the bridge. If we ever connect it, as has been planned for decades, it won't be the realization of some long ago plan, it will be an opportunist kluge of a fortuitous aesthetic choice. 

Why are the sidewalks so narrow?

For one, that was kind of the standard of the day when cars were king. In 1955 they narrowed the sidewalks on the Key Bridge to 5'5" to make room for more car lanes and DC was increasing the number of lanes across the Potomac from 12 to 22 because they were going to fix traffic congestion. A plan that worked so well that only a few years later, Nixon's Secretary of Transportation John Volpe and a DC Council Chairman Gilbert Hahn took Nixon on a helicopter tour at rush hour to show him how bad traffic was and to convince him to fund the subway. [Hahn at other times said he'd like to ban all-day parking in the city to increase transit use. Oh, what could have been.]

But also they just expected them to be very lightly used, and not by cyclists. This was before either the MVT or the Rock Creek Trail after all. The only place they thought people would go was to Roosevelt Island - and the bridge across for that across Little River was at the north end of the Island back then making for a long walk. After the bridge opened, they were surprised to find people walking to work at the State Department from River Place (then known as Arlington Towers) in Rosslyn. Frankly, I am too as that required more than a few dangerous road crossings. Not just on the VA side, but on the DC side it required crossing a ramp from I-66 to the Rock Creek Parkway that wasn't removed until sometime after 1980. 

OK, but what about those weird barriers?

The low barriers - you can see them in the photo at top - were not included on the bridge originally.  Those were added in the late 1960's after a driver drove off the bridge and died. They exist to protect drivers from driving off the road, not to protect sidewalk users. Again, no one thought about how they'd feel for cyclists. 

The upstream path wouldn't be connected to the Mt Vernon Trail until 1988, around the same time the bridge to TR Island moved and the trail overpass to Rosslyn was built. Prior to that there was just a simple path along the Parkway which you can kind of see in this photo.

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Anyway, all things considered cyclists and pedestrians got lucky. The TR Bridge might not have had any sidewalks had the highway people gotten their way. They might not have connected to VA if the plan for stairs had been retained. We wouldn't have the downstream walk - which I still think we'll utilize some day - if some bureaucrats hadn't found the unsymmetrical bridge wonky (my term).

But it would've been nice if the walks had been wider. And had a barrier like the one on the Mason Bridge. And maybe the stairs would've been a nice addition to what they did. And a little thought into how that downstream sidewalk could've connected would have made that investment better. I have ideas: 

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Trail-Adjacent Development in DC*

This past summer, Bisnow had an article about 8 building going up along DC* Trails. The more notable thing about the article is that it is even something to write about. There are so many trails now, and they're so much a part of our city, that it's something people think about and it's something developers, planners and architects think about. 

There are 3 buildings along the Metropolitan Branch Trail, including ones with a bike lobby, and the Eckington Park Building that has closed the Z-curve along the trail for good. For a few months now there's been a detour, and the trail was to reopen at the end of October, but then that was delayed due to rain. From the BAC meeting it sounds like that should happen next week. 

Remember: Once the MBT is reopened, there will be construction fencing on both sides at the north end of Tanner Park, and on the west side of the trail through the park. The temporary Q Street connection will go away so that the permanent connection can be constructed. And finally, the temporary MBT detour on Harry Thomas Way NE, 3rd Street NE, and Randolph Street NE will be removed, but the temporary pedestrian walkway on Harry Thomas Way next to the park will remain until the sidewalk there is rebuilt.

In addition, the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping center will rebuild the trail near the railroad overpass.

The article also highlights 3 buildings along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail in SW, each of which will build small sections of the trail, and 2 along the CCT (*not the DC part despite the headline). One of those is the Apex site which will build the a section of trail tunnel beneath it and the other is in Silver Spring. 

The [Silver Spring] project will also include the construction of a 500-foot portion of the Capital Crescent Trail along the western portion of the property, between the buildings and the Metro tracks. The developers will create connections to the trail at Fenwick Lane and Apple Avenue and make landscaping improvements

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DC to build P Street cycletrack

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DDOT issued a response to ANC 6D on the proposed P Street cycletrack and they intend to go forward despite the ANC's concerns. The project, as noted by GGW, is a part of the long-planned Anacostia Riverwalk Trail - connecting the Buzzard Point section to the Washington Channel/Wharf Section. The ANC submitted a list of concerns including the route, the removal of 26 parking spaces, damage to the tree canopy, safety and the process. 

DDOT replied that the route was made necessary by Fort McNair, but that if the Army should become open to a Waterfront trail then DDOT will revisit it. Despite the concern for the mature pin oaks along P, one of the reason the current path was chosen was to avoid damaging them, and their urban foresters confirmed this. 

Most of the negative comments were about parking and DDOT said that it has a role in managing space for the safety of all travelers, not just for storing vehicles, and that the PBL design is the best one for making the road safer. Furthermore, DDOT policy is to only provide residential parking on the side of the street where there are residents, meaning the parking along the Fort side violated this policy. 

DDOT hopes to install the lane by the end of November. No one likes an outcome with disgruntled neighbors, but this is the right call. 

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Long Bridge Project continues to chug along. Still needs your support.

The Long Bridge Project, a project which will replace or expand the existing rail bridge across the Potomac River and potentially add a new bike/ped crossing, recently took a step forward when it released the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). There was a meeting on it on October 22nd and a comment period that, unfortunately, closed on the 28th, but since the bike/ped bridge is only attached to it, the real push will be with local legislators who will need to pay for it. WABA is organizing people to contact them

FRA and DDOT assessed the feasibility of the bike-pedestrian crossing and considered whether a path could be designed consistent with railroad operator plans and railroad safety practices. The National Park Service (NPS), which administers the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) and East Potomac Park, agreed that the bike-pedestrian crossing could potentially serve as mitigation for impacts to the parks. The crossing could provide an important connection between the parks and the regional trail system and therefore has a regional recreational benefit.

After sorting through several options, planners have selected to build a new two-track bridge north of the existing bridge and to rehabilitated the existing bridge. This has little to do with the bike/ped bridge as that is just as viable as any other. But it will lightly impact the MVT since the tracks will go over it and will stage construction next to the trail as well as result in a 2 year reroute of the trail.

To facilitate construction of the new structure over the MVT, the Project would temporarily relocate the trail from its current path south along the GWMP. Temporary barriers and the existing bridge abutments would protect the trail to ensure a safe travel way for trail users

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As for the bike/ped bridge, they have eliminated all the options but one

The Preferred Option would provide a bike-pedestrian connection between Long Bridge Park in Arlington, Virginia, and East Potomac Park in the District, crossing the Potomac River on an independent bridge on the upstream side of the new upstream railroad bridge (Figure 22-5). The southern end of the Preferred Option would connect to a path at the northern end of the Long Bridge Aquatic and Fitness Center and Park Expansion in Long Bridge Park, which is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in 2021 The bike-pedestrian path would cross over the GWMP, MVT, and the Potomac River on a 2,300-foot-long bridge consisting of prefabricated truss spans. The northern end of the Preferred Option would connect to Ohio Drive SW in East Potomac Park. The area between Ohio Drive SW and the Southwest neighborhood following the trajectory of the Long Bridge Corridor is constrained and directly extending the connection would be infeasible. Bicycle and pedestrian connections from Ohio Drive SW into the District would be considered as part of separate projects.

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The bike/ped bridge is really like two bridges, one from Long Bridge Park across the GW Parkway to the MVT and one from the MVT across the Potomac to East Potomac Park. It could be a real game changer. 

The good news is that the EIS found only negligible environmental impacts from the bike/ped bridge. That doesn't mean it's getting built, but things still seem to be moving in that direction. 

E-bikes now allowed on NPS Trails

This may be a change that is actually no change but a new NPS policy will allow you to use e-bikes on NPS trails like the Mt. Vernon or Rock Creek Park trails. From what I've seen, people were already doing that and no one was getting ticketed or stopped. But if you're a vigilant rule-follower, you can now join your more rule-resistant counterparts on the trails with your e-bike. 

Previously, electric bicycles where often forbidden from cycling trails in national parks, though Class 1 e-bikes were allowed in some areas.

The new law allows all three classes of e-bikes to ride on cycling trails in national parks, though Class 2 and Class 3 e-bikes are not allowed to use the throttle control. Those e-bikes must be pedaled like standard Class 1 e-bikes while on national park trails. Thus far it appears this will be handled on the honor system.

As Arlnow points out, this should make Captain Kirk happy. 

Factors influencing bike share membership

Conclusions from this Australian study:

Convenience emerged as an important predictor of membership. Policymakers interested in expanding the membership base of bike share programs may benefit from designing bike share to be easily accessible. The distance to the closest docking station was found to be a predictor of membership and this is consistent with previous research. This underscores the importance of planning a bike share system capable of providing the network benefits that provide a compelling proposition to citizens. Targeted expansion of docking stations, particularly around employment precincts and especially for those with large number of employees aged under 35 may provide a significant increase in membership.

The differences in safety perceptions between bike share members and non-members when presented with different levels of infrastructure provision provide insights for bicycle infrastructure planners and those seeking to encourage bikeshare use. Specifically, non-members show lower levels of perceived safety in all bike-riding environments tested in this study. This suggests an expansion of the bicycle infrastructure network, particularly separated bicycle lanes, may be useful in growing bike share membership.

Bike share members recorded significantly higher incomes than other groups. This is influenced, at least in part, by the current position of docking stations, in central Melbourne and Brisbane. Research using Census data shows that inner city residents have higher average incomes that those who reside in outer suburbs in Melbourne and Brisbane. As bike share is often provided under public subsidy, greater focus on how to include a broader participation across the income spectrum is needed.

Finally, the results of this study related to helmet issues are complicated and it is difficult to make clear conclusions. Further research on the impact of mandatory helmet legislation on bike share usage may help inform policy development.

The Region's new Transportation plan could also be part of a Vision Zero plan

The Greater Washington Partnership recently released a Blueprint for Regional Mobility, a transportation plan for the super-region. It is a transportation plan, one that would likely lead to more and better biking, but it's also a plan for moving towards Vision Zero and Sustainability.

Most notable for cyclists is that one of the dozen or so actions is to complete the Baltimore Greenway Trails and Capital Trails networks and to establish a Richmond Trail Network strategy

Connected trail systems can lessen demand on the roadway network, improve connections to jobs and activity centers, increase regional economic activity, contribute to healthy communities, and enhance access to the outdoors and our iconic parks and landscapes in both rural and urban areas. Maryland, the District, and Virginia have more than 1,000 multi-use trail miles, with major nationally-recognized trails such as the East Coast Greenway, the C&O Canal Towpath, the Anacostia Tributary Trails, the Capital Crescent Trail, the Mount Vernon Trail, the W&OD Trail, and the Virginia Capital Trail.

Yet, despite considerable investments, the region’s trails do not form coherent and connected regional networks in the Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond metro areas. In many instances, the trails also do not provide seamless connections to non-trail bicycle and pedestrian networks. Federal, state, and local governments should collaborate with trails groups and private entities to speed up the delivery of the Baltimore Greenway and the Capital Trails Network, and establish a trail connecting activity centers from Ashland to Richmond to Petersburg with the 52-mile Virginia Capital Trail.

Many commute trips are less than five miles, a distance most can bike. In addition, many non-commuting trips can be completed efficiently by biking or walking if safe options exist. Trail connections to essential destinations such as jobs and transit stops can lower demand on the region’s roadway network, which reduces congestion.

However, the lack of trail connectivity diminishes the region’s ability to conveniently overcome man-made barriers, such as roads, to access jobs, schools, and outdoor opportunities. This lack of trail connectivity encourages consumers to drive rather than complete trips by bike or foot, limits greenspace for recreation, and isolates communities.

The Capital Region already benefits from clusters of locally and regionally connected trails in some areas. A few critical investments would create a network of trails—creating a sum far greater than its parts.

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Screenshot 2019-10-16 at 7.25.12 PMYou can't argue with any of that. Richmond in particular has some great untapped trail opportunities, as it has been an historic rail hub. Many of those rail line have been shut down, but could be re-purposed for trails.  A partial map of abandoned railroads around Richmond can be seen to the right (existing trails are in blue). 

But beyond just supporting the trails, the plan supports better transit, increased density, a downtown DC congestion charge and ending free parking - all things that would make biking better. 

It notes that a Metro study that included a DC congestion zone, better priced parking and better bike connectivity to Metro stations would result in a 25% increase in transit mode share. It's hard to imagine it wouldn't also lead to an increase in bicycle mode share and a reduction in road fatalities too. 

So, when some people write that

Some WABA members also would like to see the District charge motorists a toll just for entering the city.

They should know it's not just WABA members. It's WMATA. And the Greater Washington Partnership, and the groups that signed on to their plan including the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Prince George’s and Montgomery County Chambers of Commerce, [They should also know that on one is proposing tolls just for entering the District]

The 2019 Cider Ride is on November 2nd

This ride will take you through the woods on Maryland’s beautiful trails —a whole new world, accessible by bike, and right in your backyard! Three route choices mean you can ride for 10, 30, or 55 miles, enjoying fall-themed treats at pit stops along the way.

Check-in for Cider Ride is at Dance Place (3225 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017). Check-in opens at 8:30 am, but the specific time will vary by route.

All routes end at Dew Drop Inn in Brookland (2801 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017). Join us there for a post-ride celebration!

You must be a WABA member to participate. 

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