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14th and Irving Barnes Dance to Operate Soon

June 14, 2017

The Barnes Dance at 14th and Irving streets, NW, are scheduled to be in operation this month (perhaps has early as Thursday). Below is the flyer from DDOT explaining how it works. More information is available here.

Annie’s Ace Hardware Collecting Old Bikes and Sewing Machines on June 10th

June 1, 2017

Annie’s ACE Hardware is participating for a third year in a row in the collection of old bicycles and sewing machines on June 10th for Bikes for the World. Both Annie’s Petworth and Brookland locations are participating. Below are the details from Annie’s.

Annies ACE Hardware is hosting a bike collection for Bikes for the World (BFTW) and is offering a free $20 gift card for each adult bike donated.

BFTW is a DC-based organization that has collected and distributed 125,000 bikes to 20 countries in the past 10 years.  BFTW’s mission is to make quality used bicycles and parts affordable and available to lower income people and select institutions in developing countries, to enhance their lives and livelihoods through better transport.  It also works to generate skilled employment in bicycle repair and maintenance overseas, and to provide satisfying environmental and humanitarian community service opportunities for volunteers in the United States.

This year Annies ACE will host BFTW collections June 10 at both of their DC stores (see below)  What we will collect:

  • Any serviceable complete (or nearly-complete) bicycle, adult or children’s, accompanied by a suggested $10 per bike donation to help defray a share of the costs in getting bikes to quality programs overseas and get information back for donors and the public. Flat tires or a missing seat or pedal is ok. (No rust-buckets or big wheels please.
  • Usable bicycle SPARE PARTS and components, including tubes, tires, wheels, chains, pedals, saddles, cables, and mountain bike handlebars·
  • We also collect good-quality metal portable sewing machines in working order, or close to it.

Annie’s locations, dates, and times:

Annie’s ACE Hardware-Petworth
Address: 1240 Upshur St NW, Washington DC 20011
Date & Time: June 10, 10am – 2pm
Contact: Harvey: ollis2010(at)gmail(dot)com  or 240-418-8791

Annie’s ACE Hardware-Brookland
Address: 3405 8th St NE, Washington DC 20017
Date & Time: June 10, 9am – 12pm
Contact: Harvey: ollis2010(at)gmail(dot)com or 240-418-8791

Also check out BikesForTheWorld.org  http://bikesftworld.blogspot.com/

Colony Club Hosts WTF Spokefolk Open Bike Night on Wednesday, February 22nd

February 21, 2017

SpokefolkOver the weekend I learned that Colony Club will be hosting WTF Spokefolk Open Bike Night tomorrow, Wednesday, January February 22 from 8 pm to 10 pm. Sign up time is at 7:30 pm.

In looking at the Facebook Event page, here are some additional details:

“Join us for Open Bike Night with WTF Spokefolk at Colony Club! This is an open mic to share bike stories, adventures, fears, dreams, traumas by way of story, poetry, song, etc.

“This is an open event (all may attend but the mic is open to women, trans, and femme folk). New and seasoned storytellers are welcome. Come with your friends, date, boo thangs, and neighbors 🙂

“WTF Spokefolk DC is a group for women, trans, femme folk to learn everything bike. For more information about WTF Spokefolk DC, visit the WTF Spokefolk DC Facebook group.

2016 DCCX Provided at Great Time for All

October 24, 2016

2016 DCCX

The 2016 DC Cyclocross races were held this past Saturday and Sunday at the old Soldiers’ Home. As with past years, the course was in the area of the two ponds just east of Park Road. While the weather was a little chilly and definitely windy on Saturday, the cyclists has great weather otherwise. I’ve provided two brief videos of one of my favorites sections of the course below.

 

 

Bicyclist Struck on Warder/7th Street Last Night

August 23, 2016

Last night, a woman riding a bicycle was the victim of a hit and run at the intersection of Rock Creek Road and 7th/Warder Street which occurred around 5:30 p.m. In speaking with neighbors, I’ve been told that the cyclist was conscious after the accident but seriously injured and left in an ambulance. Neighbors also relayed that the vehicle had Texas plates, and they suspect may have been stolen as the driver fled the scene on foot after the collision. Police had the area blocked off and were redirecting traffic for a time following the accident.

The Washington Post also provided some details of the event, which can be read here.

 

Looking for Opportunities to Increase Area Bikeshare Service & Stations

June 21, 2016

Over the past several days I’ve been digging into the community amenities proposed by the redevelopment of Park Morton and thinking about ways to enhance and improve the proposal. One thing that came to mind is the potential to improve the Capital Bikeshare program in the Park View area. While this may not sound like a big thing, a quick look at the locations of Bikeshare stations in the area, and how they are being used, gives an indication that the community is a heavy user of the system and there aren’t enough bikes or stations to go around. It also seems like the Park Morton development project could help enlarge the Bikeshare station that is currently at Columbia Road and even establish a new station on the 600 block of Morton Street with minimal impact to the project’s design or bottom line.

The map below shows area Bikeshare stations shortly after noon on Monday, June 20. The amount of red indicates the number of available bikes. It is worth nothing that several of the stations have 1 or no available bikes. The significant exception here is the one at the hospital center, which is a commuter destination rather than a point of departure.Bike share stations noon(Capital Bikeshare stations near Park View and Columbia Heights mid-day on June 20, 2016.)

It has been established for a while that our area tends to lose bikes over time as there are many residents who will bike to work, yet not all of them will bike back home after work. This requires Bikeshare to visit stations with a van to fill up the empty bike docks on a periodic basis.

Looking at the same bike stations shortly after 9 p.m. shows the inverse relationship as there are many more bikes in the area — but also highlights that there are still many empty bike docks and some empty bike stations. Having another Bikeshare station on Morton Street would be of benefit to the community and help ensure that those who use this service would have an easier time of having an variable bike when they need one.

Bikeshare map at nine(Capital Bikeshare stations near Park View and Columbia Heights shortly after 9:00 p.m. on June 20, 2016.)

Metrorail Closed Wednesday for Emergency Inspections

March 15, 2016

Metro closed

The entire Metrorail system will be closed tomorrow. Below is the press release that WMATA issued at 4:35 pm today:

All Metrorail service will be suspended Wednesday, March 16, for emergency inspections

Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld, with support from the Authority’s Board of Directors, today announced the full closure of the Metrorail system on Wednesday, March 16, for emergency inspections of the system’s third-rail power cables following an early morning tunnel fire yesterday.

The inspections of approximately 600 “jumper cables” will occur along all tunnel segments on the Metrorail system. At the conclusion of the inspection process, there may be a need for additional rail service outages. Any further service impacts will be announced to the public as soon as they are known.

“While the risk to the public is very low, I cannot rule out a potential life safety issue here, and that is why we must take this action immediately,” Wiedefeld said. “When I say safety is our highest priority, I mean it. That sometimes means making tough, unpopular decisions, and this is one of those times. I fully recognize the hardship this will cause.”

The Metrorail system will close at its normal time tonight (midnight) and remain closed until 5 a.m. Thursday. All six Metrorail lines and all 91 stations will be closed on Wednesday.

The unprecedented action follows an early morning electrical fire involving a cable in the tunnel outside McPherson Square Station yesterday. There were no injuries; however, service was disrupted along the Blue, Orange and Silver lines throughout the day.

“The investigation into yesterday’s cable fire at McPherson Square is ongoing,” Wiedefeld said.  “As a preliminary matter, the conditions appear disturbingly similar to those in the L’Enfant incident of a year ago, and our focus is squarely on mitigating any risk of a fire elsewhere on the system.”

Metrobus and MetroAccess service will continue to operate on a regular schedule. Parking will be free in all Metro-owned lots and garages for customers who wish to take bus or carpool.

Alternate service options throughout the region will be extremely limited, and severe crowding is expected on buses. Consider the following alternates:

The public is advised to make alternate travel arrangements as early as possible.


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