Friday, February 26, 2010

DC Bike Map (snowpocalypse version)

Check out this map and add your own info if you've been out on the bike!

View Greater DC Trail Snow Conditions (2010) in a larger map

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sup. John Cook and FFX County

Really? Bikes are NOT transportation and only recreation?

Fairfax supervisors clash over bike plans
By: Brian Hughes
Examiner Staff Writer
February 21, 2010

Transportation or recreation? A debate about the purpose of bicycles will shape how Fairfax County residents reach new Metro stations in coming years.

"I don't believe a bicycle is a transportation device," Supervisor John Cook, R-Braddock District, said during a transportation committee meeting. "I think it's a recreation device. The big problem is people don't want to ride their bike in the rain or get sweaty before work."

Transportation officials have identified $12.7 million in pedestrian and bicycle projects for the Reston area -- intended to improve accessibility to the planned Wiehle Avenue and Reston Parkway Metro stations, part of the transit extension to Washington Dulles International Airport.

Cook categorized bike trails as little more than a weekend diversion, vexing fellow supervisors who have pushed for more bike access.

"I don't agree with him," said Supervisor John Foust, D-Dranesville. "People don't do it now -- not because they don't want to -- but because they can't. It's not safe."

In 2007-2008, 4.5 percent of Fairfax residents older than 16 used a bike on a weekday, about half of whomused off-road bike trails or sidewalks, according to a study commissioned by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

The Reston plan calls for new trails, more bike crossings and extensions to paths to enhance the bicycle grid in the county.

Despite recent improvements, Bruce Wright, chairman of Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, said the county has a "long way to go," citing the lack of connecting roads, which forces cyclists to trek alongside cars.

In an effort to unclog roadways, the county approved more than $19 million last fall for pedestrian and bike projects through fiscal 2012.

The Wiehle Avenue station is the final of leg of the Dulles Metrorail's first phase, expected to be completed in 2013. The Reston Parkway station, near the Dulles Toll Road, is slated to open in 2016.

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation has won a $4 million grant that could be applied to the project.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Props to Regions Bank for making biking seem mainstream. Although I question that last left turn in to traffic....

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

mission accomplished

9/9/09 some say it's a lucky day. kinda appropriate that I reached my goal of 2009 miles on 9/9/09. Somewhere around Falls Church, I passed the 2009 mile marker for this year. I'm already at 2028 and I have 3 more months to go. I'll shoot for 2700, but maybe I can get to 3000. Maybe. Charts and Graphs tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

...and I had heard good things about Asheville, NC

No way I'm ever going there, now. This behavior reinforces my stereotypes about the south and makes me worry about being as far south as DC.

Firefighter charged with shooting at bicyclist

The cyclist was riding on a 'Level III' road 'best for experienced bicyclists used to riding in traffic.' maybe we should include 'and being shot at' in the Level III classification.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Transit Mash-Up

I guess I missed the boat on this one, but transit mashups are pretty dope. I was trying to put something like this together for my bike times. I figured it would have all these spindly arms sticking out where I could get the most speed up on major roads or bike lanes, while it would shrink back in some neighborhoods that were hard to navigate or had lots of stop signs....
In other news.... The neighborhood got a great walkscore. I guess I could see that coming.