Friday, April 18, 2014

Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee - April Bimonthly Meeting

The bimonthly Safety, Education and Enforcement Committee (SEE) will reconvene at Merzi in Penn Quarter, 415 7th Street, NW (Downhill in same block as Carmine's, across from Hill Country, just north of D Street). The meeting will be Wednesday April 23, beginning at 6 pm.

The agenda includes discussion regarding educational issues per BAC testimony at the District Department of Transportation / BAC / PAC oversight hearing last month. SEE will also discuss creating an immediate and practical educational intervention pertaining to the G and I Street NE contraflow lanes.

Capital Bikeshare stations are nearby at 8th & D Streets NW and 6th Street and Indiana Ave NW.  A bike parking corral is located at 8th and D Streets.  If you have questions, please contact Andrea Adleman,Chair of the SEE Committee.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Benning Road Transportation Improvements Environmental Assessment

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration are preparing an Environmental Assessment for the proposed Benning Road and Bridge Multimodal Transportation Improvements.

Benning Road Study Area - Image courtesy of Google Maps

The meeting will be held Tuesday April 22, 2014 at the Department of Employment Services Building, 4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE from 6:30 pm. to 8 pm.

The study area is along the Benning Road NE corridor, from Oklahoma Avenue to the Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road Metrorail Stations. This public meeting will serve to inform attendees about the project’s scope and discuss transportation issues. The approximately 1.7 mile corridor  is the planned route for the H Street / Benning Road streetcar extension into Ward 7, which currently ends near Spingran High School.

The BAC Facilities (BAC - FAC) committee has specifically called for action on this section Benning Road as the bridge over route 295, the Anacostia freeway, and the Alexandria Extension of the CSX railroad, which are are barriers for bicycles and pedestrians. Specifically, Benning Road at this point has entrance and exit lanes where cars move at highway speeds, making it difficult for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross or use the travel lanes for bicycling.  Also, the sidewalks on the bridge are particularly narrow.

As part of its rolling meeting series regarding the Florida Avenue Multimodal Transportation study, BAC - FAC will also ride from the NoMa-Galludet Station to the foot of the Benning Road bridge to investigate the bicycling impediments and planned improvements along this corridor. The ride will be Saturday, April 19, 2014. BAC encourages you to attend our rolling meeting, leave comments below or send us a tweet @DCBAC.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BAC Legislative Committee Meeting - April 2

The next bimonthly BAC Legislative Committee Meeting will be held April 2 at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Two Rivers PCS Middle School, 1234 4th Street, NE.

The meeting will be short, 30 minutes, so that we can participate in the District Department of Transportation meeting regarding the rebuilding Florida Avenue, possibly with bike lanes or cycletracks.

The Committee will discuss the following:

  1. The Transit Benefits Establishment Act of 2013 was withdrawn and reintroduced as part of B20-573, the “Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2013.”  BAC sent a letter of support for the withdrawn act and should probably send (the same?) one for the reintroduced bill.
  2. The bike parking regulations, originally required as part of the 2007 Bicycle Commuter and Parking Act, have been completed by DDOT and are now available for comment. We will review these and recommend comments. The comment period ends before the next BAC meeting.

Please feel free to contact the committee chair, David Cranor for meeting details or topics of discussion.

We look forward to seeing you.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BAC-FAC Rolling Meeting - The Florida Avenue Corridor - April 19

The first Bicycle Advisory Council Facilities Committee (BAC-FAC) "rolling" meeting of the season will explore the Florida Avenue/Benning Road corridor April 19, 2014.  The ride will begin at 1pm at the NoMa-Gallaudet Station (2nd and Florida entrance). Bikeshare stations are near the M Street NE entrance of the NoMa - Gallaudet station and along the route.

Courtesy of Google
The BAC-FAC rolling meeting coincides with the District Department of Transportation's (DDOT) Florida Avenue Multimodal Transportation study, which assesses the potential reconfiguration of the Florida Avenue corridor from North Capitol Street to Benning Road NE.

In an earlier post, BAC discussed some of the challenges along Florida Avenue for bicyclists and pedestrians, which include narrow sidewalks and fast moving vehicles. BAC-FAC will explore the options DDOT has proposed for the corridor and provide DDOT and members of Council with our feedback.

The BAC-FAC committee chair, Jeanie Osburn (, plans to travel east along Florida Avenue until it intersects with Benning Road. From there, the ride will travel on Benning Road to the bridge which cross over Kenilworth Avenue NE and the freight rail tracks.  While not in the Florida Avenue study zone, the man-made barrier and the street car tracks pose hazards to bicyclists and pedestrians. The ride may make stops at Union Market, Argonaut or other destinations on the route.

Please contact Jeanie Osburn for more information about the ride or bicycle facilities concerns in your area. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you think is interested in sharing their ideas about bicycling in the District. If you live in the area or use Florida Avenue, feel free to provide your comments below. 

We look forward to riding with you April 19.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

DDOT-BAC-PAC FY 2013 Oversight Hearing

The Committee on Transportation and the Environment held its 2013 oversight hearing for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the Bicycle Advisory Council and the Pedestrian Advisory Council. The hearing was held on March 21, rescheduled from the original March 3 and subsequent March 17 dates.

As stated in a prior post, the hearing allowed the public to voice its concerns about the state of the District's transportation infrastructure to include the allocation of Metrobus and Metrorail services, automobiles, the DC Circulator, Bike/Ped concerns, as well as other District transportation issues.

The hearing also allows DDOT to answer questions directly and provide information to the public regarding how it plans to maintain and expand transportation alternatives for District residents and visitors.

Below is a video of the hearing courtesy of the Office of Cable Television. The testimony of Ellen Jones, the BAC Chair, begins about an hour into the hearing. The video may require a QuickTime plugin or you could use this link.

A copy of her written testimony is available here.

Feel free to leave your comments below.