Tuesday, July 12, 2016

BAC statement in support of contributory negligence reform

Bicycle Advisory Council chair David Cranor today issued the following statement in response to the D.C. Council vote in support of contributory negligence reform.

The legislation, the Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act of 2016, will be enacted pending a second affirmative Council vote, anticipated in the fall. The act would permit bicyclists and pedestrians to receive compensation from a driver's insurance as long as the non-motorized party is less than 50 percent at fault. Under current law, a bicyclist or pedestrian deemed 1 percent at fault is ineligible for any compensation. This contributory negligence policy would be replaced by a form of comparative negligence.

Said BAC chair Cranor:

"The Bicycle Advisory Council supports this measure. The consequences of a crash between a cyclist and driver are often unevenly distributed, with the cyclist generally bearing the greater burden. Under current law, cyclists also generally bear the greater financial burden even when other parties might be more at fault. This is wholly unfair. Changing the law does not change the distribution of risk, but brings the law more in line with our sense of fairness. The BAC applauds and supports the District's goal of creating a safer and more bicycle-friendly community and we believe that this law is a significant step in that direction."

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

BAC meeting agenda for July 6

The Bicycle Advisory Council meets on July 6, 2016 at 6 p.m. at 441 4th St NW, 11th Floor.

The meeting agenda is as follows.

6:00 p.m. Call to Order; Introductions; Approve minutes

6:10 Legislation - Mike Forester
- Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act of 2016
     First vote delayed until July 12; possible amendment
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act of 2016
     Second vote passed; awaiting mayoral signature
- Bicycle Awareness Motor Vehicle License Plate Amendment Act of 2016
     Sent to committee

6:40 Facilities - Jeanie Osburn
- NY Avenue NE Rail-with-Trail walking tour
- DDOT report (Rock Creek Trail rehab, NY Avenue NE Trail and VRE, L Street NW Safe Accommodations)
- East Capitol Street Bridge rehab
     DDOT needs to rework bridge, keep open during construction
     Possible connection of southeast span
- Monroe Street Bridge Reconstruction
     Long bike detour mapped, but bridge will remain open
     Traffic light added where MBT meets Monroe Street
- Far Southeast III Livability Study
- Crosstown multimodal traffic study
- Downtown West Transportation Planning Study - David Alexander

7:10 Safety and Security - Ellen/Andrea
- Stolen bikes; invite MPD to next meeting to discuss?

7:40 Vision Zero advocates update - David Cranor

7:50 Walk-on topics - David Cranor

8:00 Adjournment - David Cranor

BAC meetings are open to the public. ID is required to enter the building. Once inside, take the south elevators on the right to the 11th floor. The Judiciary Square Metro station and a Capital Bikeshare station are immediately in front of the building.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Facilities Committee Walking Tour of New York Avenue NE June 17

The BAC Facilities Committee is meeting on June 17 at 5:45 p.m. at the corner of 5th Street NE and Neal Place NE adjacent to Union Market. The meeting is fieldwork to tour a proposed multiuse trail along the New York Avenue NE railroad tracks, connecting the Metropolitan Branch Trail to the National Arboretum via Ivy City. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy are leading the tour. The Facilities Committee is joining to learn about the proposed trail.

Click here for more information. The trail has not been constructed and the tour route is not bikeable. It is not advisable to walk a bike on the tour. Capital Bikeshare vouchers will be available for transportation back to the starting point.

Friday, May 6, 2016

District Government Employees Eligible For Discounted Capital Bikeshare Memberships

Photo: @RanPuba
Thousands of District employees who use Metro, fleet vehicles, personal cars, Taxicabs, Uber, and other methods to get around the city now have another option. 

According to the the District Department of Human Resources, District government employees may purchase Capital Bikeshare memberships for an annual fee of $25, a savings of $60 off of the standard membership rate of $85.

The program will begin Monday, May 16, with emails sent to employees that will contain the program password and registration instructions. For employees who are already members, they can renew their individual memberships up to two months in advance at the employee rate. The program also provides helmets for an additional $16.

The District would be one of a few cities that provide this type of benefit to its employees. Earlier this year, California instituted its own employee bike sharing program to help its Department of Transportation (Caltrans) employees travel to meetings where a vehicle might otherwise be used. Smaller cities like Burlington, Vermont, through its City Green program, have a bike sharing amenity.  With thousands of bikes in the Capital BikeShare fleet combined with the thousands of government workers, this may be the largest program of its type in the country.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Facilities Committee Meeting - May 7, 2016

Elvert Barnes
The Bicycle Advisory Council Facilities Committee (BAC-FAC) will hold its rolling meeting on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

The ride will review the District Department of Transportation's plans and options for the Crosstown connection (connecting Wards 1 and 5) along the Michigan Avenue/Irving Street NE corridor.

The ride starts at 1:30 PM at the Brookland Metrorail station on the bus-bay side.

Hope to see you there!