Posts Tagged ‘Bike Lanes’

DDOT: Metropolitan Branch Trail Extremely Popular During Metro Shutdown

MBT usage spiked 194 percent on Wednesday as compared with Tuesday.

Capital Bikeshare Has Seen a Significant Spike in Single-Use Ridership During Metro Closure

The number of "walk-up" trips more than doubled as compared to last Wednesday morning.

Here’s Where DDOT Plans to Install Bike Lanes This Year

5.13 whole miles worth

Preferred Alternative for Controversial Downtown Bike Lane Still Unclear

Though comments at a public meeting this weekend were civil, no plan immediately emerged as the favorite.

Anita Bonds Wants End to New Bike Lanes on “Narrow” Streets

At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds reportedly called for a moratorium on new bike lanes last night—a policy that would be a major blow to the growing population of cycling denizens in D.C. And that's true, but only to a point, says her spokesman.
At a Ward 3 forum for the Democratic at-large councilmember candidates, the incumbent said she opposed [...]

Chatter: Lane and the Gang

What you said about what we said last week
Is the artist spray-painting positive messages in D.C.’s bike lanes a guardian angel, a scofflaw, or, um, a danger to the very bicyclists she hopes to inspire? “‘I love bicyclists, I think I’ll spray paint tiny bon mots onto the pavement, for them to read as they speed [...]

The Needle: Chilly Chili

Chilly Chili: A San Francisco–based website is launching a service that ships food across the country, including a frozen 16-pack of half smoke chili dogs from Ben's Chili Bowl for $79.99. +2
Slow and Steady: Phase 1 of Metro's Silver Line is scheduled to reach "substantial completion" in November, but WMATA is still far from announcing [...]

The Needle: Yeezus Edition

Yo, Kanye, I'm Really Happy for You: U Street Music Hall will play the new Kanye West album, Yeezus, on what's widely considered one of the best sound systems in town tomorrow night. New father West is, after all, the Michael Jordan of music*, so it should be worth checking out. (*: Self-declared) +1
Gentrification Everywhere: [...]

Video: Cab Driver Cuts Into Bike Lane, Gets Caught

When bike commuter Bill Walsh caught a cab driver making an illegal U-turn across the Pennsylvania Avenue bike lane Thursday, he figured it was just more proof of a long-running problem. Instead, the video has become a hit, earning more than 500,000 views since being posted Friday.
In the video, a cab U-turns into Walsh's path. [...]

Childless D.C. Hipsters Are Scornful of Everyone Else, Complains Gadfly

The Thanksgiving holiday's only been over for a day, but maybe you're missing your crankier relatives already. If so, you'll love today's installment of top Washington grumpsletter themail.
Newsletter proprietor Gary Imhoff's ostensible jumping-off point is a Post story about increased visitor parking restrictions in Ward 1, which do sound like they'll be annoying. But he [...]

The Needle: War on Cars Returns

Global Warning: Has global warming ruined our ability to enjoy an unseasonably hot late October day? Where once 80 degree weather like today's would have been a treat, now it's just a reminder that we're headed straight for Waterworld. -5
Bike Anxiety: Drivers are sounding the alarm over a new bike lane on L Street NW. [...]

Millennials Will Suck D.C. Dry, Says Grumpy Man

Move over, Courtland Milloy. Karl Jeremy is D.C.'s newest antagonist of myopic little twits, and he's on the hunt for some millennials.
Jeremy's latest contribution to themail newsletter appeared Sunday, when he wondered why D.C. officials continue to work with Greater Greater Washington blogger Dave Alpert to reach young residents. The effect of the partnership has been [...]

Bike Lanes Everywhere!

TBD's John Hendel rounds up D.C.'s bike projects set for spring, including bike tracks to make commuting easier for new cyclists. And more, more, more bike lanes:
DDOT has stepped up its game this spring to help complete the biking plans set forth a few years back. How? After spending much of 2011 idle, D.C. jumped [...]

Republicans Hate Your Bike

You know who else—besides angry drivers—hates bicyclists? Republicans! Writes Washington City Paper alum Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones:
The federal government spends about $40 billion a year on transportation projects. Of that, about $928 million has been devoted to what's known as a "transportation enhancement" program, which provides funding for projects—including rails-to-trails conversions, bike lanes and bridges—that make [...]

The Needle: A River Runs Through It Edition

Clean Me a River: Long-time Washingtonians may sometimes wonder what's going through the heads (or digestive tracts) of people fishing on the banks of the Potomac River. For decades, the river's been considered so polluted as to be a national disgrace. Turns out those people fishing were just ahead of the curve, though; a new [...]