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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.

New Capital Bikeshare Station Coming to 16th and Irving Street

March 9, 2016

A new Capital Bikeshare station is scheduled to be installed at 16th and Irving streets, NW, next to the school. The installation may begin as early as March 10th. In their letter to the ANC informing them of this new station, DDOT stated that the selection of this location was based on several factors such as population and employment density, proximity to Metro and requests from the public.

Bikeshare 16th Irving

DDOT’s Draft Bikeshare Development Plan Released for Public Feedback

October 9, 2015

I was excited to see that DDOT has released their draft Bikeshare Development Plan, and its open for public feedback. The public comment period is open through November 15th.

According to the DDOT announcement, the “draft plan establishes a set of goals, measures, expansion plans, and financial projections for the next six years for the District of Columbia’s portion of the Capital Bikeshare program.” You can read the 143 Bikeshare Development Plan online and comment on this webpage http://dcforms.dc.gov/webform/capital-bike-share-form until November 15, 2015.

Capital Bikeshare expansion mapWhat I particularly like is the proposal to add two new bikeshare stations to the Park View area in 2017. While its hard to see on the map (click on map to right for larger version), the two stations being considered appear to be around 1) Park Road and New Hampshire Avenue and 2) Warder Street somewhere between Kenyon and Park Road.

I think this is an excellent opportunity to advocate for expanding the bikeshare system in the neighborhood and I encourage those who feel strongly about this or where stations should be located to fill out the feedback form.

You can read the overview of the expansion from the Development Plan after the jump (more…)

Contra-flow Bike Lane in the Works for 11th Street, NW

September 23, 2015

11th Street(View of 11th Street, looking north from Monroe)

According to a Notice of Intent I’ve received (click on image below for full notice), DDOT is proposing a contra-flow bike lane on 11th Street, NW between Monroe Street and Spring Road. This block is currently a one-way southbound road for cars. The new bike lane would be two-way for bikes while remaining one-way for cars. Cyclists traveling north would use the new bike lane, while southbound bike traffic would share the travel lane with cars.

I’m very excited and supportive of DDOT’s efforts to expand Washington’s Bike lanes. You can read the full notice below:

11th Street Bike Lane

Metrobus Route Alignment Proposed for 11th Street

September 17, 2015

WMATA will be at the October 14th ANC 1A meeting to discuss a consolidated alignment for Metrobus routes 63 and 64 along 11th Street NW. The map below shows how the proposed alignment would impact the routes on Sherman Avenue and 11th Street. The alignment was a recommendation that came out of the 60s Line Study conducted jointly by WMATA and DDOT.

11th Street Route alignment


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