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[ 0 ] September 22, 2017

Rock Creek Park Trail, now with fewer stop signs

Matt reports that there has been some signage changes on the Rock Creek Park Trail lately. NPS appears to have removed the majority of the stop signs on the southern portion of the Rock Creek trail and replaced them with…

[ 0 ] September 21, 2017

Bike path narrowed on new Nice Bridge, possibly endangered

Last year, Gov. Hogan announced plans to replace the Governor Harry W. Nice Bridge over the Potomac. The bridge between Charles County, MD and King County, VA is the only Potomac River Crossing downstream of the Wilson Bridge. It currently…

[ 0 ] September 20, 2017

National bike commuting down again, DC up, region mixed

Last week, the Census Bureau released its annual American Community Survey and for the 2nd year in a row bike commuting was down, and this time by a larger number. In 2016 data, bike commuting went down from 0.597% to…

[ 0 ] September 19, 2017

Metropolitan Branch Trail’s expansion into north DC hits some roadblocks

It’s been nearly 18 months since DDOT presented the preliminary design plans for the Metropolitan Branch Trail, and 9 since they issued an RFP for the design-build construction contract for the Fort Totten section (from John McCormack to Gallatin), but…

[ 0 ] September 18, 2017

New Arlington Bike Plan is taking shape

The Arlington Master Transportation Plan Bicycle Element Working Group has updated their draft framework and made it available to the public. The primary changes from the last version are a fully written introduction, instead of a bullet list, different organization…

[ 0 ] September 15, 2017

Spring Street Cedar Street Buffered bike lanes almost finished

Montgomery County is almost done striping and marking the new Spring Street Cedar Street buffered/protected bike lane, which will connect the future Capital Crescent Trail to the future Silver Spring Green Trail (both of which will be completed as part…

[ 0 ] September 15, 2017

September 11th National Memorial Trail chooses Executive Director, opens new trail segments

With the anniversary this week, it seems like an opportune time to talk about the September 11th National Memorial Trail, the trail – or network of trails that connect the three 9/11 crash sites. Naturally, it passes through the DC…

[ 0 ] September 13, 2017

Washington Gas Project is cause for Anacostia Trail closure, but it should open soon

Image courtesy of Ben Bowman Back in 2014, the section of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail that passes under the 11th Street bridge (seen above) was closed in order to clean and remediate the site (aka Operable Unit (OU) 1). It…

[ 0 ] September 12, 2017

I-66 trail changes were made late without consulting all stakeholders, so any delays are VDOT’s fault

Virginia transportation leaders are claiming that moving the I-66 trail outside the noise barrier is putting the whole project at risk and that it would also require taking more property from adjacent land owners, but they haven’t explained how either…

[ 0 ] September 11, 2017

Georgetown Branch Trail is closed. What now?

I’ve heard, but not seen photos of, that a large fence now blocks the Georgetown Branch Trail just west of Connecticut Avenue (but that you can still ride from Connecticut to Stewart Ave. Lyttonsville if you’re willing to go around…

[ 0 ] September 8, 2017

DDOT’s K Street NE Corridor Study considers road diet and bike lanes

After ANC6C requested that DDOT perform a corridor study of K Street NE from North Capitol Street to Florida Avenue NE, they did just that are recently reported on the results. They are already performing a NoMa Bicycle Network Study,…

[ 0 ] September 7, 2017

Timely old quote

This, from an old article about the Purple Line is relevant to the I-66 Story Rebuilding the trail adjacent to a busway or light rail line “is like building a sidewalk along the Beltway,” state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr….

[ 0 ] September 7, 2017

NPS considering rehabilitating the MVT boardwalk below Roosevelt Bridge (and more!)

The comment period for the Cultural Landscape Report/Environmental Assessment and the Assessment of Effect efforts by the National Park Service for Theodore Roosevelt Island closes tomorrow and the scope of the project, as well as at least one specific item…

[ 0 ] September 6, 2017

When God closes an unpaved, interim path he opens a paved permanent one

The new Needwood Bike Path in Rockville It was a tale of two trails yesterday in Montgomery County as one trail was closed for good and another was opened. As you may have heard, the Georgetown Branch Trail closed for…

[ 0 ] September 5, 2017

Final Meeting on the Alabama Avenue SE Corridor Safety Study later this month

DDOT is considering a road diet for Alabama Avenue SE that might include bike lanes from MLK Avenue to the Maryland boundary at Southern Avenue and the final engagement meeting on that project is scheduled for the end of next…