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didn't realize CaBi released actual GPS data--last time I checked I thought you could only get the start and end stations.

They only recently added the GPS devices to some bikes. They didn't want it publicized because they didn't want people to behave differently and they didn't want the devices tampered with or stolen.

by David C in Capital Bikeshare members ride here, bike lanes or not on Jun 27, 2016 12:45 am • linkreport

Before we go too far with South Ferry, a few points:

Yes, South Ferry closed after Hurricane Sandy because it was flooded all the way to it's inner entrances. But that was the newer South Ferry station. The older, 5-car circular South Ferry Loop was mothballed earlier, and only need a little bit of work (with a connection from it to Whitehall's R station) to reopen. So no, South Ferry is open now.

Also, in the left side of the photo is the elevator to South Ferry. In other words, it's ADA compliant. Since an alternative is given, complaints of folks of limited mobility not being able to go up 18" of stairs are moot.

by STrRedWolf in Ask GGWash: Why did the Cleveland Park Metro station flood? on Jun 26, 2016 5:17 pm • linkreport

Hmmm... still waiting for those sweet shilling checks to clear. I mean, I have a house in East Egg to maintain, haven't you heard?

While we're concerned with facts - this is people with million+ $ homes who feel entitled to private lawns above metro stations calling others greedy. That's... rich.

by Neil Flanagan in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 26, 2016 3:51 pm • linkreport

How about make ALL train announcements automated like they are in the 7000 series? I don't like the operator announcements. They are often hard to understand either because the PA system is bad or the operator mumbles.

by Peter in What are your ideas to make Metro greater? on Jun 26, 2016 3:11 pm • linkreport

^ if you look at FIGURE 4.2 – PLANNED TRANSPORTATION NETWORK (pages 70 and 71) on the above link you will see that moveDC calls for cycle tracks on many of DCs diagonal avenues.

Is all of this possible - I doubt it. Is much of this realizable in my lifetime - I really doubt it.

With respect to moveDC I think its a throw everything on the wall and see what sticks type of planning approach. I mean, if a contingent of Elon Musk hyper loop advocates had shown up at the meeting we probably see one of those in there as well.

by jeffb in Capital Bikeshare members ride here, bike lanes or not on Jun 26, 2016 10:14 am • linkreport

One immediate reflection from map:

The diagonal state avenues (Florida, Mass, Penn, Lousiana, Rhode Island) are all carrying substantial bicycle traffic. Yet only Penn has a plan to develop protected bike lane.

Then compare this to the MoveDC plan where protected bike lanes are offered largely north-south or east-west: http://www.wemovedc.org/resources/Final/Part%201_Strategic_Multimodal_Plan/Strategic_Multimodal_Plan.pdf

by Anders in Capital Bikeshare members ride here, bike lanes or not on Jun 25, 2016 4:46 pm • linkreport

@Tom Coumaris--

You mean that JBG is funding the Coalition for Smarter Growth? That the "DC smart growth community" isn't just some grass roots movement? I'm shocked. That's chutzpah to point it out on GGW.

by Alf in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 25, 2016 12:47 pm • linkreport

Isn't JBG the silent developer partner behind the GDS development snafu in Tenleytown?

by Alf in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 25, 2016 12:41 pm • linkreport

Aimee, we need to be accurate with the facts. The "proposed building" that JBG needs the zoning variance for is on land that is zoned for Medium density, not High Density (the High Density is that portion of the land where the Marriott currently sits). The neighborhood is not against development. Look closely at the JBG application: The larger development that everyone is excited about (replacing the Marriott hotel with apartments and possibly some retail, etc) is only "conceptual". The Marriott has a lease until 2049. JBG is first seeking a PUD to put a high density building on Woodley Road, on land zoned for medium density just as they did with The Woodley. They can then walk away and either continue to lease the rest to the Marriott or sell the rest of the parcel to another developer who may choose to try to buy the Marriott out of the lease. Regardless, the "Big Development" that people see as the positive is really not what they are doing- it is merely conceptual and not likely to happen in the near future. The neighborhood would like to maintain this one small portion of the parcel as Medium Density.

by Katie in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 25, 2016 11:59 am • linkreport

@endash. Using the bare apostrophe for possessive forms of singular words ending in sibilants is an older convention, often seen previously with Biblical and classical names, such as Moses and Aeneas; however, you are correct here, that GGW's quote has omitted the "s" erroneously.

by Craig in Worldwide links: London's less stinky on Jun 25, 2016 11:44 am • linkreport

@Elizabeth, because it's a PUD and not a by-right development, it will almost certainly include an affordable housing component.

by MB in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 25, 2016 9:39 am • linkreport

Supervisor John Foust proposed an amendment to the proposed zoning ordinance that would remove the 5.0 FAR from the McLean CBD. As all know, it passed, as did the amended ordinance.

Yes, the McLean Citizens Association did oppose the 5.0 FAR, but so did the McLean Planning Commission, a long-standing group responsible for advising the Supervisor on the Comp Plan for the CBD. The MPC consists of equal numbers of representatives from the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce, area commercial landowners, local HOAs, and the McLean Citizens Association.

The MPC had taken the position that a 5.0 FAR was at odds with the objectives for the McLean Comp Plan for the CBD. And it also added that it could not conceive of a situation where a FAR as high as 5.0 should be approved.

Foust argued that, under these facts, the McLean CBD should not be treated the same as other areas subject to the high FAR cap. (Keep in mind that Cap One's Tysons projects are not as high as a 5.0 FAR.) His motion was seconded by Supervisor Herrity and passed 8-2.

So neither the local commercial landowners whose parcels might be redeveloped to as high as a 5.0 FAR or the chamber of commerce felt the 5.0 was appropriate for their vision for downtown McLean.

I hope this additional information is useful.

by tmt in Breakfast links: New name, same taxi game on Jun 25, 2016 9:13 am • linkreport

A quick check of Google Maps' satellite view and street view seems to confirm it has a stream running down the median.

by Daniel Walter Rowlands in A streetcar used to run from H Street to Berwyn Heights, near College Park on Jun 24, 2016 11:15 pm • linkreport

@Rich I think you're thinking of the Washington, Berwyn, and Laurel line, which ran up a right-of-way that is now largely Rhode Island Avenue. I have a post on that that should go live some time next week.

However, I don't believe that there were ever tracks along Narragnset Avenue. I'm not sure why it's laid out the way it is, but my guess is that it has to do with a former stream bed or something similar.

by Daniel Walter Rowlands in A streetcar used to run from H Street to Berwyn Heights, near College Park on Jun 24, 2016 11:14 pm • linkreport

TOPA is head scratching. It is so far removed from its original intent. The whole goal for most of the users is a buyout.

by Jesse in A new owner bought my apartment and wanted to tear it down. Here's how I ended up owning the place. on Jun 24, 2016 10:34 pm • linkreport

Not sure the original version of that quote about Columbus had this error or if GGW introduced it, but since Columbus isn't a plural noun you don't omit the 's' for the possessive suffix. "Columbus's"

by endash in Worldwide links: London's less stinky on Jun 24, 2016 10:14 pm • linkreport

I don't think it's designated but the Wardman Tower certainly should be. That will actually give the developer more FAR by preserving it, which seems to be their intention anyway.

btw- Doesn't JBG give substantial money directly or through their foundation, to the author's employer and shouldn't this be noted to promote transparency?

by Tom Coumaris in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 24, 2016 9:54 pm • linkreport

and sure enough, with low gas prices, Americans are switching back to gas guzzlers:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/28/science/cars-gas-global-warming.html?_r=0

by Tom Coumaris in Worldwide links: London's less stinky on Jun 24, 2016 9:45 pm • linkreport

Why don't they dedicate that entire space for bike and taxi lanes? We simply don't have enough of these spaces in the city.

by Mike in The latest design for the new Third Street park in NoMa emphasizes kids and dogs on Jun 24, 2016 9:38 pm • linkreport

The UrbanTurf article yesterday states that the project includes "plans for retail."

by Michael in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 24, 2016 7:00 pm • linkreport

@Clyde Howard: According to the Committee report (http://lims.dccouncil.us/Download/33197/B21-0004-CommitteeReport1.pdf), only four states and DC use the contributory negligence standard. You don't hear about out-of-control insurance premiums in every state other than Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, or Alabama, because the comparative negligence standard works just fine. And it could certainly work here as well.

by cminus in DC is on the verge of ditching a harmful traffic law on Jun 24, 2016 6:47 pm • linkreport

This is great! I didn't realize CaBi released actual GPS data--last time I checked I thought you could only get the start and end stations.

One dark area that stands out to me is the road going from Florida up to Columbia Heights (14th?). Taking a bike down that hill is great, but going up it is tough. I think it'd be interesting to see how people navigate uphill on CaBi versus downhill. Adding biking infrastructure on hills could then be done selectively, rather than "14th St is a big 'biking' street, therefore it needs an uphill bike lane."

by NERes in Capital Bikeshare members ride here, bike lanes or not on Jun 24, 2016 6:44 pm • linkreport

While I appreciate Arlington's attempts to be progressive and trendy, they really need to go back to basics. I commute on bike daily from the Clarendon Metro station to Lee Highway about 3/4 mile north. On that short stretch, I encounter 1) a bike lane on Kirkwood Rd. that has only one of its two lines painted -- they just never finished painting it last year when they re-paved 2) a walk sign at Kirkwood & Lee Hwy. that instead of counting down says "Re-set for correct Walk sound" and has been doing that for weeks, and 3) a broken gutter off of I-66 that pours so much water down onto the sidewalk below during rainstorms that the sidewalk has literally eroded away.

by TheLoosh in Using tape, paper, and potted plants, Arlington built a temporary bikeway on Jun 24, 2016 6:31 pm • linkreport

Michael -- no planned retail: it's zoned all residential, though JBG is open to retail if that were to change.

by Aimee Custis in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 24, 2016 6:20 pm • linkreport

Of course, the relevant census information is vehicles per household, not means of transportation to work. Many households whose workers all use transit to commute to work also own a vehicle to use for non-commuting transportation needs. And, consider that there is no convenient/walkable grocery store in this neighborhood. At any rate, looking at the means of transportation to work for the ACS 2014 (5-year estimate), in this census tract, 26% of workers drove alone, (34% drove alone or carpooled with one or two other people), 51% used public transit, 6.4% walked and 4% biked. For the relevant variable, vehicles per household, there is a big different between renters and owners. Owner-occupants have, on average, 1.1 vehicles per household and renters have, on average, 0.65 vehicles per household. What percentage of the units would be coops or condominiums, rather than rental apartment? The summary also doesn’t indicate whether all the parking is meant as resident parking or whether some would be used by the planned retail.

by Michael in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 24, 2016 6:12 pm • linkreport

This map is specifically looking at annual members. If you click through to mobility lab's blog they also look at where day members ride but they overwhelmingly stick to areas in and around the mall.

I don't know if we know if riders are using the bike lanes themselves. But even if they aren't theyre still riding more on those streets with bike lanes. That said, I doubt a huge number of CaBi riders are shunning bike lanes when available.

by Canaan in Capital Bikeshare members ride here, bike lanes or not on Jun 24, 2016 5:46 pm • linkreport

Sorry, Charlie. But sounds like some people just don't like you! Either that or you're bad luck. Any rate - too many co-incidences.

by Street in Breakfast links: New name, same taxi game on Jun 24, 2016 5:44 pm • linkreport

The Law is prejudicial against the drivers in DC in that the cyclist are not required to carry any accident insurance in the event they are the cause of the accident that results in harm to them selves. There are idiot millennials that ride cycles just as there are idiot drivers. If we as drivers must have insurance so should they. AAA needs to fight this Law to keep the drivers from paying costly premiums for insurance.

by Clyde Howard in DC is on the verge of ditching a harmful traffic law on Jun 24, 2016 5:35 pm • linkreport

Great idea except for the "more than of 1200 parking spaces" The Metro is literally in the same picture. Why would that many spaces be needed for 1,300 units, given that only 19.3% of commuters drive alone to work. 56% use public transit, 8.8% walked, and 5% biked according to the Census Tract data from ACS 2013.

by Zack Rules in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 24, 2016 5:34 pm • linkreport

Whats the comparison to other cities? Perhaps DC residents find that the bike lane doesnt add as much safety etc since a lot of them are blocked with cars, or drivers cut across, etc. If thats the case, why not just ride on other streets?

by SJE in Capital Bikeshare members ride here, bike lanes or not on Jun 24, 2016 5:29 pm • linkreport

Really don't understand how anyone has any objection to this. It's already a high rise area.

Well, I can see how someone can simply say "I don't want new neighbors." But I don't know how much credence you can give to that argument.

by Drumz in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 24, 2016 5:24 pm • linkreport

I could be mistaken, but I thought a large percentage of CaBi riders were visitors to the city? If true, then unless they study the bike maps carefully, they aren't going to have enough information to plan their route to take full advantage of the cycling infrastructure. It's hard enough to familiarize with the street grid quickly enough to wayfind in general. For locals, I imagine that they have learned over time how to optimize their routes between docking stations, and it would be kind of amazing if those routes always aligned with the location of bike lanes.

by Chris T in Capital Bikeshare members ride here, bike lanes or not on Jun 24, 2016 5:23 pm • linkreport

A few things: police do not decide who is at fault, they may issue civil fines in the form of tickets. One driver complained that he would be paying for a cyclist's medical bills, not really, the insurance drivers are required to have pays for it and most policies are just the legal minimum for liability. I was hit as a pedestrian (in cross walk with walk signal) in 2004 by a drunk driver and I'm still dealing with various health problems. The driver spent the night in jail but is still driving today. The insurance company stalled for 2 years before paying up $14,000 by which point I had over $100,000 in medical bills. I was also hit while riding a bike by a cab who didn't stop--I a serious concussion and a 3 week headache and memory problems for months. Bottom line is a pedestrian or cyclist is no match for 2 tons of steel with airbags. Everyone, no matter how they get around needs to slow down, make eye contact and generally relax and drive, ride, walk carefully. That means signaling, staying in your lanes and accepting the fact that others can not read your mind. A few seconds of time saved on your drive is not worth someone's life or health. Also everybody get off your phones and concentrate on what you're doing!

by Nedwin in DC is on the verge of ditching a harmful traffic law on Jun 24, 2016 5:18 pm • linkreport

FYI: most lawyers will take these cases on a commission basis. I had this experience and got money even though the insurance company denied the claim.

by RK in DC is on the verge of ditching a harmful traffic law on Jun 24, 2016 5:18 pm • linkreport

@ David C - Well it's great that Wells supported police expansion! Of course, he didn't actually do anything about it, but at least he supported it! Did he put more money into the police budget? Did he hold hearings on police officer recruitment or retention? Did he attend roll calls or do ride-alongs with cops? But even if he did none of these things, at least he got one bill passed on the subject of crime! woot!

by Lurker in Breakfast links: New name, same taxi game on Jun 24, 2016 4:59 pm • linkreport

Would it be possible to open up this lot with some sort of street grid? Right now it's an impenetrable jumble of large/dense buildings with back alleys, fences, and parking but little connectivity (especially for pedestrians) across a massive lot.

by Matt in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 24, 2016 4:28 pm • linkreport

@Michael Perkins. One more thing: as motorcyclists, we have an insurer backing us up and pursuing the other party. It's a higher-risk activity and you should make sure you have good coverage. Virginia also has an oddball law that allows "stacking" of coverages. I increased the uninsured and under-insured coverage on my truck, so I can access that if the policy limit is reached on my motorcycle. Raising it on the four-wheeler was a lot cheaper than on the motorcycle. There are a lot of judgment-proof motorists out there carrying the state minimum coverage.

by Paul in DC is on the verge of ditching a harmful traffic law on Jun 24, 2016 4:25 pm • linkreport

I work in Woodley Park and know a few ANC folks there- they're already losing their minds over this. Of course, they also lost their minds when Nando's wanted to locate in a former Bank of America spot, right in the heart of the commercial strip on Connecticut, so this isn't surprising.

by ex804 in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 24, 2016 4:13 pm • linkreport

Just in advance of any Woodley Park NIMBYs who might concern-troll about undesirable new neighbors: hotel guests are *literally* transients. They're often swell people, but they don't care about the neighborhood. (When's the last time that YOU cared about the Ocean City school system, or the buses in Las Vegas?) Basically anyone who moves into a new apartment is a DC citizen and will care more about their new community than transients do.

by Tom Veil in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 24, 2016 4:09 pm • linkreport

Theft in 2006, before Lanier was Chief - 7917
Theft in 2016 - 6159

http://mpdc.dc.gov/page/district-crime-data-glance
http://mpdc.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/mpdc/publication/attachments/AR_2007.pdf

So....that's probably why Wells didn't get up in her grill about the 50% rise in theft. Because it exists only in the fevered dreams of lunatics.

by David C in Breakfast links: New name, same taxi game on Jun 24, 2016 4:09 pm • linkreport

Housing there is such a better deal. I lived in the apartments next door to the Marriott and the number of tour buses that idled on 24th St, along with taxis, limos and general "drop off" traffic was incredibly annoying. Much of that traffic will go away with permanent housing. Hope this comes to fruition.

by BTV in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 24, 2016 4:05 pm • linkreport

That amendment had nothing to do with stopping thefts

That's an unusual way of looking at it. Was it an environmental bill? Clearly a bill looking to shut down the pipeline for stolen goods is about stopping thefts.

First, robberies are not the same as thefts, from a police statistics standpoint. So this is apples and oranges.

Sure, but stolen property from a robbery is not particularly different from stolen property from a theft.

When did Wells ever press Lanier about beefing up police presence (and to walk the beat), when did he demand any results? When did he hold her accountable for the rise in thefts?

How do you know he didn't? He supported police expansion. He went to a meeting where it was reported:

“Our plan is to get in place right now to make H Street safe,” she said. With foot patrols on the corridor and bike cops deployed to the surrounding streets, the Chief is confident in MPD can secure H Street.

This all sounds like a bunch of "I hate Lanier" and "I hate Wells" bluster that is more than willing to ignore facts (is theft even really up 50% since she arrived? I can't find the source for that claim)

"Other than that stuff he did, he did nothing!"

by David C in Breakfast links: New name, same taxi game on Jun 24, 2016 4:04 pm • linkreport

Thanks Lurker for that nice trip down memory lane, it seems like all of that happened earlier today.

There were multiple claims made, one of which was that "He never took thefts seriously while Councilman." Since he proposed and passed a bill related to thefts, I don't believe that this is true.

As to the other claim ""Wells had chances while he was on the council to get the police to take property crimes more seriously" I again ask what should he have done?

Wells never proposed any other legislation relating to property crimes, nor did he hold any hearings on that topic.

The hearing I linked to early was on property crimes, was it not?

that dealt with civil penalties for stores fencing electronic goods.

It was designed for electronic goods, but it was open ended enough to expand to other stolen goods as well. Basically the chief can make anything that meets the standards as HOC.

So not sure how pointing out that Wells passed a single bill related to property crimes isn't related to the original claim that he didn't take increase police focus on property crimes.

Because it shows that he did? It seems obvious that writing and passing legislation to deal with the market for stolen property shows an interest in preventing property crime.

He may have passed or introduced other bills dealing with property crime, but even if it's just this one, how many would you expect from a CM per two year cycle? What's the benchmark?

by David C in Breakfast links: New name, same taxi game on Jun 24, 2016 3:51 pm • linkreport

@Brian S

Urban turf has a better overview that shows proposed routing of roads and pedestrian paths:
http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/five_new_residential_buildings_jbgs_big_plans_for_woodley_park/11395

I definitely agree on the restaurant comment, I feel like removing "zoo" from the metro station name (and let them split traffic with Cleveland Park) would also help cut down on traffic to the bad restaurants. I would like to see them add a grocery store to this development as the area as it stands is a bit of a desert.

by Eric P in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 24, 2016 3:40 pm • linkreport

Temple University argues that campus bike registration reduces theft. See "Bicycle registration program contributes to cycling culture at Temple, cuts thefts in half."

What about in Montgomery County?

by Chester B. in Breakfast links: New name, same taxi game on Jun 24, 2016 3:38 pm • linkreport

I am amazed that they would do away with such a prosperous hotel. I stayed there one night a few months ago and the place was just humming with activity.

by NikolasM in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 24, 2016 3:36 pm • linkreport

Is the GPS accurate enough to determine whether bicyclists are using the bike lanes (on streets where they exist) or if they are riding integrated with traffic? Since the map shows holes on streets with bike lanes, I'm guessing that these data either weren't available or weren't investigated.

For instance, I often ride a CaBi down M Street from Thomas Circle to Key Bridge. Unless there is congestion, I prefer to use the general lane, because it is quicker and feels safer than the PBL. I ride pretty fast (for a CaBi anyhow), and most of these rides occur at off-peak times with low traffic.

It could be informative to compare ridership patterns between the bike lanes and general lanes on such streets.

by scoot777 in Capital Bikeshare members ride here, bike lanes or not on Jun 24, 2016 3:17 pm • linkreport

If I read the DC Council website correctly, the proper name of the bill is the "Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act of 2015" (no "Amendment"), Bill 21-0004.

by cminus in DC is on the verge of ditching a harmful traffic law on Jun 24, 2016 3:01 pm • linkreport

I like it.

I lived in the neighborhood for about 5 years and it doesn't look like there is any vast green space that will get taken away. There's a tiny strip of grass along Woodley Road that people use to kick a ball or throw a frisbee, but it's not large enough to play a game on for example. They should keep some space like that, but I walked by it every day and can't imagine it being near and dear to anyone's heart.

The biggest thing I would hope they do is to improve the pathways through the block. It's a megablock and has long walks to get around it. I would regularly cut through the hotel lobby to get from the metro to home. The drawings look pretty high level, but I don't see that being improved much with this plan.

Also, there are a lot of terrible restaurants there that skate by solely on convention traffic. Replacing all the visitors with residents would go to help that.

by Brian S in A big development in Woodley Park may spark DC's next housing battle on Jun 24, 2016 2:57 pm • linkreport

@Michael Perkins. Hear-hear. I think it's short-sighted to stop at bicyclists. But, remember, contributory negligence has a long history under common law, and it is merely one defense that can be raised. It's not a magic bullet for a defendant. Likewise, eliminating it not a magic bullet for a plaintiff. It is not a blanket bar to all claims, and there is abundant case law in the few jurisdictions that still accept contributory negligence that defines and limits its extent.

by Paul in DC is on the verge of ditching a harmful traffic law on Jun 24, 2016 2:45 pm • linkreport

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