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More Bike Racks Installed (and Coming) to the Park View School

April 29, 2019

For the past month, I’ve been working to get more bike racks installed at the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School on Warder Street. This was in response to a request from parents and school administration. I’m happy to report that two new bike racks were installed about a week ago in front of the building on Warder Street.

(The two blue bike racks are new additions and double the number of racks currently serving the school.)

I’m happier to report that the racks are already being used, as you can see from the photo below sent to me by one of the happy parents.

In order to get the racks, I met with DDOT’s Bicycle Support Specialist and walked the grounds. We identified about four different locations where new racks could be installed, with some locations requiring more time due to needing to order equipment.

In addition to the two new racks on Warder Street, I’m continuing to work with DDOT to get an additional rack or two on the south side of Otis Place just west of Warder in the parking area. It shouldn’t create any issues with the street trees, but does require a different type of rack than what DDOT had on hand. These racks could be installed later this spring.

(Area were additional rack can be added in the near future.)

Bike Racks Installed at Petworth Safeway

July 9, 2014
Some of the new bike racks in front of the Safeway.

Some of the new bike racks in front of the Safeway.

Last week, I inquired about plans for bike parking in front of the new Georgia Avenue Safeway. From that conversation, I learned that the plan is to install 11 permanent bike racks outside the stores entrance. Four racks were installed along Randolph Street on July 2nd and the remaining  seven were installed July 7th. This provides parking for a total of 22 bikes outside the Safeway. There are also plans for 8 interior bicycle spaces within the garage on the G1 level, and the residential garage on the G2 level will contain 72 interior bicycle spaces.

I’m glad bike parking wasn’t forgotten among all the details of this project. The only issue I’ve see with the new racks is their use for scooter parking (see below). I’ve alerted Safeway of this and the need to provide better support for scooter parking. Hopefully this will be sorted out quickly.

Bike Racks(Scooters parked in the Safeway bike racks)

More Bike Racks Added to Georgia Avenue

July 12, 2013
Newly installed bike racks on the 3600 block of Georgia Avenue.

Newly installed bike racks on the 3600 block of Georgia Avenue.

Back in May, in response to a Tweet from DC Reynolds, I asked the community if they thought we needed more bike racks on Georgia Avenue, especially near Looking Glass Lounge and DC Reynolds. The resounding answer was YES! The possible placement of new bike racks was quickly planned out in June.

I’m happy to report that yesterday, the west side of the 3600 block of Georgia Avenue got 4 more bike racks. Two of the new racks are in the immediate vicinity of DC Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge. The other two are more in front of Lion’s Fine Wines and Spirits.

The only down side is that this is the maximum number of racks that this section of Georgia can accommodate based on the underlying infrastructure. Yet, readers also mentioned a desire for a bike corral in this area and, honestly, I love that idea. The process is a lot more involved which means it isn’t a quick fix, but based on the need for more bike parking in this area it is definitely something I think is worth fighting for.

Follow Up on More Bike Racks for Georgia Avenue

June 7, 2013
Possible new bike rack sites have already been marked for evaluation.

Possible new bike rack sites on the 3600 b/o Georgia have already been marked for evaluation.

Last week I posted about the need for more bike racks on the 3600 block of Georgia Avenue, especially in the area near DC Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge. Since then, I have met with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s liaison with DDOT and the owner of DC Reynolds to review the biking needs of the street. As anyone who visits the area now will see, possible new bike rack locations have already been painted on the pavers indicating where new bike racks might go.

The plan as it currently stands is to install 4 more bike racks for the time being. Because the particular type of installation for the pavers requires large holes to be drilled about 12-18 inches deep, all locations need to be cleared through Miss Utility, which has already been contacted.

In terms of rack installation time, once the locations clear Miss Utility, installation of the racks will be scheduled with DDOT. Installation of the additional 4 racks should be no more than a month.

Once these are installed, this stretch of sidewalk will be at capacity for bike racks. I have also asked DDOT about bike corrals since I know that demand for bike parking will only increase in this area. Bike corrals are going to take much longer to figure out however … and I’m not yet sure whether or not Georgia Avenue being a U.S. highway will be an obstacle or not. Still, should a bike corral be approved, I think the most promising location would be the northern-most parking space(s) on the west side of Georgia just south of Princeton Place.

I’ll provide more details as they become known. I’m grateful to those who commented on last week’s post as they were helpful during Tuesday meeting.

Thriving 3600 Block of Georgia Avenue Needs More Bike Racks

May 30, 2013
Bike racks near DC Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge continue to be in high demand.

Bike racks near DC Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge continue to be in high demand.

It seems like only yesterday that I was working with DDOT to bring more bike racks to the 3600 block of Georgia Avenue, but in reviewing my notes it was actually in December 2011 that this need was last addressed with additional racks installed in June 2012. Here we are nearly a year later and despite the additional racks installed last year the area near DC Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge still doesn’t have adequate capacity for those who choose to bike to the area.

In contacting DDOT on behalf of the businesses, I’ve learned that there is a possibility that additional bike racks could be available as early as mid-June. So, I’ll be meeting with a representative of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, who is the bike rack contractor for DDOT, to walk the block next week and evaluate how many additional bike racks can be added and where.

For those who have traveled to the area frequently by bike, I’d be interested in hearing your experiences with the bike racks there. How often have you had to lock your bike to something other than the racks and, ideally, how many more racks do you think would be adequate for the volume?

Capital Bikeshare Station at Georgia and New Hampshire Relocates

July 3, 2012

Due to the Middle Georgia Avenue Great Streets work at the intersection of Georgia and New Hampshire Avenues, the Capital Bikeshare normally located on the southeast corner of the intersection has been relocated to the northwest corner. As you can see from the photograph above, if you are a regular user of Capital Bikeshare, you now have to cross Georgia Avenue to the area in front of the old Engine Co. 24 facade to get a bike.

I know that this is going to be an inconvenience to many residents who rely on Bikeshare to get to work, but trust that it will only be temporary.

UPDATE: I’ve just learned from DDOT that after construction, the Bikeshare station will remain at its current location at the Northwest corner of Georgia Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue. The streetscape project will be installing two new tree boxes near the original location, which would create congestion if the station were put back in the original location. 

Also, the 4 additional bike racks in the 3500 block of Georgia Avenue were installed today. This brings a total of 8 bike racks in the area near DC Reynolds, Blue Banana, and the Looking Glass Lounge.


Update on Final Middle Georgia Avenue Great Streets Work

June 22, 2012

Bike racks outside of the Looking Glass Lounge on a typical evening

Back in December 2011, as the Middle Georgia Avenue Great Streets project was nearing its end, I met with DDOT to discuss placement of bike racks between Otis Place and Rock Creek Church Road. The outcome of that meeting included the agreement that four bike racks would be installed outside of 3628 Georgia Avenue (DC Reynolds) in addition to the four racks outside of the Looking Glass Lounge/Blue Banana. Anyone that has been along this stretch of Georgia recently will clearly see that the additional racks have not yet been installed.

In following up with DDOT in April I learned that there had been a minor plan/contract error which resulted (among other things) in fewer bike racks fabricated for the Middle Georgia Avenue project than were shown on the plans.  By May, DDOT was moving forward with processing the change order for the remaining project work at the Georgia Ave.-Petworth Metro Plaza.

I’m happy to report that everything is now in place for work to resume again as early as Monday June 25th on the remaining work .  This will include, among other items, the bike racks, a  trash can outside of Lion’s Fine Wines, and Metro Plaza work.

The sidewalk outside of DC Reynolds has been marked and ready for bike racks since December 2011


Additional Bike Rack News

December 21, 2011

The new bike racks on Georgia Avenue have been taking a fair amount of my time lately, so I thought I should post a quick update on where things are headed since my meeting with the Great Streets crew on Monday morning. The most significant change I was able to get incorporated into the plan is to increase the bike racks from four to eight in the area between Looking Glass Lounge and the future DC Reynolds. A bank of four are currently outside of Looking Glass. Another bank of four will be added a few doors south. Additionally, a trash can will be installed in the area of Manny & Olga’s.

On the east side of Georgia a few of the bike racks will be installed parallel with Georgia to maximize sidewalk space since that side tends to be narrower than the west side.

The bike racks at CVS were installed too close to the railing behind them to make they optimally useful

In response to feedback I’ve received from residents — and a bit more of a challenge — I’ve begun talking to CVS to see if they will reset the racks located just outside of their store at 3642 Georgia. As I’ve been made aware, they were installed too close to the rail behind them for them to be optimally useful.

Lastly, and entirely unrelated to Georgia Avenue, I noticed when I returned to the neighborhood yesterday that there were two new bike racks installed on Rock Creek Church Road, just east of Warder, outside of the Rock Creek Market.

New bike racks located outside of the Rock Creek Market (Warder and Rock Creek Church Road)


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