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

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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!

General Council Meeting - May

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The next District of Columbia Bicycle Advisory Committee is tomorrow evening Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 6pm at 441 4th Street, NW on the 11th Floor (Room 1112).

There are several projects accepting comments right now for the next few weeks. Below are links to each:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Legislative Committee Meeting - April 27th

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The next Legislative Committee is scheduled for 6:00pm, April 27th at Teaism in Penn Quarter (400 8th Street NW). We will meet downstairs.

The Legislative Committee Chair, Mike Forster, plans to discuss the following:
  • Contributory Negligence legislation
  • a bike sales tax holiday; and,
  • a potential legislative fix to require DDOT to address dangerous intersections more quickly.

If time permits, we will discuss other bike-related topics.

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