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There are a couple old-timer bike messengers (or at least there used to be) who rode exclusively on the sidewalk - mostly in the CBD. 10 hours/day, M-F...and they've never been stopped or ticketed.

That's how effective enforcement is.

Getting caught riding on the sidewalk is so unlikely that the risk of a $25 fine is very minimal.

by ggwashreader in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 23, 2014 7:05 am • linkreport

Thank goodness we don't have people running or walking quickly on the sidewalks.

by David R. in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 23, 2014 12:43 am • linkreport

One accident in San Jose prompted this?!? Extreme overreaction.

by asffa in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 11:38 pm • linkreport

I'd like to know what NE John thinks from a bar in Kyoto. My recollection is that Kyoto had more sidewalk cycling than any other city I've been to.

by alexandrian in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 11:34 pm • linkreport

What about injuried at all why do you go straight to killed

Better data.

by David C in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 11:28 pm • linkreport

If a bike is to be on a sidewalk the users of the bike should be walking it end of discussion.

You dont see wheelchairs going much if it all beyond normal speed on a sidewalk so why should bikes.

by kk in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 11:21 pm • linkreport

@ David C

What about injuried at all why do you go straight to killed; what about fracture, broken bone, sprain, deep cut or anything that causes bleeding or internal bleeding etc.

I for one have hemophilia and ill be damned if I want a bike hitting me at all.

by kk in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 11:19 pm • linkreport

1 Why not just walk or take transit ?

Walking is too slow. Transit is too expensive or doesn't go everywhere.

2 Would you get off the bike and walk it as a compromise ?

Probably not. Why is a compromise needed? isn't biking on the sidewalk in a non-hazardous fashion something we can all live with?

3 Would you be willing to bike the speed of the pedestrains no matter how slow they are walking (this includes senior citizens or todlers)

Yes. I think this is how one should do it.

by David C in A new bill would ban cycling or Segway riding on DC sidewalks next to bike lanes on Oct 22, 2014 11:18 pm • linkreport

3 Would you be willing to bike the speed of the pedestrains no matter how slow they are walking (this includes senior citizens or todlers)

by kk in A new bill would ban cycling or Segway riding on DC sidewalks next to bike lanes on Oct 22, 2014 11:14 pm • linkreport

For all those saying you should allow biking on sidewalks in some places answer these why

1 Why not just walk or take transit ?

2 Would you get off the bike and walk it as a compromise ?

by kk in A new bill would ban cycling or Segway riding on DC sidewalks next to bike lanes on Oct 22, 2014 11:11 pm • linkreport

To me its an issue solely of expectation and duty. A person on a sidewalk only has an expectation that others on the sidewalk are moving at walking speed. They don't have to signal to anyone in back of them that they are moving left or right because there is no expectation that they will be overridden by someone coming up from behind them at a different speed. Isn't the separation of speed why we segregate traffic and pedestrians in the first place?
Motorists have an affirmative legal duty to exercise due care to anyone else in the road - pedestrians on the sidewalk don't - and selfish bicyclists are asking that pedestrians now assume a duty of care or run the risk if being run over. How are we going to apportion liability in the inevitable accidents that follow?

by Andy in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 11:03 pm • linkreport

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by Brett M in A new bill would ban cycling or Segway riding on DC sidewalks next to bike lanes on Oct 22, 2014 10:58 pm • linkreport

Mentions of Amsterdam AND Copenhagen. Darn. Now I have to barf twice.

by Crickey7 in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 10:26 pm • linkreport

Should read:

"Not one pedestrian has been killed on the sidewalk in DC by a cyclist"

by David C in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 10:23 pm • linkreport

on sidewalks, pedestrians greatest threat is from cyclists.

I don't about that. Not one pedestrian has been killed on the sidewalk in DC (that I know of, and I've spent quite a lot of time looking into it), but I can think of at least one pedestrian who was killed on the sidewalk by a driver and one cyclist.

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Woman-Struck-by-Car-Killed-in-SE-DC-205152631.html

And in this case, the victims were standing on a pedestrian island.

http://www.tbd.com/blogs/tbd-on-foot/2011/01/adams-morgan-crash-update-lawyer-says-driver-was-passed-out-behind-wheel-had-never-been-drunk-before-7264.html

by David C in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 10:12 pm • linkreport

This conversation always makes me wonder if we have all lost our marbles or forgotten to wear a helmet and fell whilst cycling through the city. Let's all be smart again and let MPD bring on the tickets!! A few quick thoughts to improve safety for all travelers:

1. Get the bikes off the sidewalk where people...umm...walk. If that's not a law (and common sense) already, then make it so. Parents need to keep the kids off the street until they deem their kids ready for bike lanes. WEAR A HELMET!
2. Cyclists should follow the same rules on the roadways and obey traffic signals and signs. It's helpful if they follow the same direction of travel too. Can't count any longer how many times I have come close to hitting a cyclist running a light or stop sign or cutting through cars at an intersection. They usually aren't wearing a helmet either. Has everyone just become daredevils?
3. Motorists should face penalties for using the bike lanes as parking, turn lanes, and passing lanes. If you cut off a bike, you pay the price. Pretty sure there are some laws about this already.
4. Pedestrians who insist on walking out in front of cars and bikes when they don't have the right of way should get a ticket.

Wherever we have laws, we need MPD to actually enforce and cite people for not following the rules. Once that enforcement steps up a bit and people take note, I bet we won't need any new laws. Safe travels!

by drew in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 9:23 pm • linkreport

@Brett M, [citation needed]. I'm trying to find the FY98 Budget Request Act, but it's not on the DC Council's website. They do, however, have background materials and correspondence for the "Amended Fiscal Year 1998 Concensus [sic] Revised Budget Request Act of 1997" (http://dcclims1.dccouncil.us/images/00001/CP12/089898201_1.PDF), which contains a Control Board resolution to the following effect:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE AUTHORITY, THAT:
The financial plan and budget for fiscal year 1998 heretofore submitted by the Authority to Congress, with the revisions set forth in the attached document, shall serve
as the budget and financial plan of the District government for fiscal year 1998. and it is

ORDERED that the Mayor shall transmit the financial plan and budget for fiscal year 1998 as revised to the President and Congress under Section 11603, and it is further

RECOMMENDED to the Congress and President that the following language be included in the 1998 Appropriations Act for the District of Columbia, with respect to the
net benefit to the District to be realized in fiscal year 1998 as a result of the enactment of the District of Columbia Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997:

"For Revitalization and Deficit Reduction, $235,859,000, to be deposited into an escrow account held by the District of
Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance
Authority, which shall allocate the funds to the Mayor, or such other District official as the Authority may deem appropriate, at such intervals and in accordance with such terms and conditions as the Authority considers appropriate:
Provided, that these funds shall only be used for reduction of the accumulated general fund deficit; capital expenditures, including debt service: and management and productivity improvements, as allocated by the
Authority: [...]"

It's signed by Andrew Brimmer for the Control Board on September 8, 1997.

A recommendation for federal assistance for the "reduction of the accumulated general fund deficit" in FY98, just three months prior to Catania's election, strongly suggests to me that Catania is correct and the FY98 budget was not balanced when submitted.

by cminus in David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more on Oct 22, 2014 8:51 pm • linkreport

I suppose our views are irreconcilable then, James, because I don't believe in compromising the safety of one group of vulnerable road users because the relative improvement of safety to some other group of road users ends up with more improved safety overall and that makes the accounting balance out. That's how "acceptable losses" happen and it's part of the reason that decades of bad auto-safety-first road design policy and the very safe (for drivers, not necessarily for other users) roadways born of those policies exist at all.

If you're not comfortable riding in the street, you shouldn't be riding at all. If that means you never try taking your bike out into the city, then I'm absolutely fine with that. If you don't think any given street is safe to bicycle on (and yes, most of them aren't), then fight hard to change that street to accommodate bicycles, but don't ride on the sidewalk in the meantime.

by Ryan in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 8:00 pm • linkreport

Also, given this chaotic road environment, it's obvious that many cyclists might feel unsafe cycling, say, in/around Farragut Square where there is ZERO dedicated-cyling infrastructure,

Just to clarify: 1) this law would not ban biking on the sidewalk where there is no bike lane, 2) cycling on the sidewalk downtown is already illegal

Also, consider the upside for cyclists with this law. How about a protest ride down M St in Georgetown on the sidewalks demanding a bike lane? Perhaps pedestrians would take up the cause of bike lanes if they saw something in it for themselves -- i. e. not having to share the sidewalk with cyclists if a bike lane gets built.

by Falls Church in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 7:57 pm • linkreport

@Ryan,

I believe that we should operate according to protecting vulnerable road users. Right now, DC streets -- particularly downtown, but also on high-speed roads like 14th ST, 16th ST, New York and Rhode Island Avenues, George, Ave, etc. -- are very dangerous for cyclists. Pushing them into the street will create a lot of danger for cyclists when pedestrians face almost zero danger from sidewalk cyclists. So, on balance, the status quo is fair. If someday soon, we get Copenhagen-style cycling infrastructure and cyclists have a safe place to travel as vulnerable road users, please, yes, get them the heck off my sidewalk.

(And, to be fair, I have been almost hit on a few occasions by sidewalk cyclists, but I've, more often, almost been hit by cars.)

by James in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 7:46 pm • linkreport

Actually, I'm going to rescind my statement saying the law saying you're driving recklessly if driving too fast for the conditions is nessarily ineffective because it's too subjective. I think subjective standards can work *in conjunction* with objective ones. It's the sole reliance on a subjective standard that would be difficult to prove that inhibits enforcement.

If someone can show that the current law is effective in helping to catch and penalize hazardous cycling that would be a good reason to keep the status quo. Absent of such evidence, one should acknowledge the current law is ineffective.

by Falls Church in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 7:43 pm • linkreport

I'm not denying that, James.

But I'm also not accepting it as an argument that we shouldn't implement changes in policy or the law which would reduce bad bicycle behaviors because the consequences of bad automobile behaviors are much worse.

The consequences of being gunned down in the street are much worse than the consequences of being covertly photographed in a harassing manner, and yet both of those things are illegal and not tolerated.

by Ryan in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 7:41 pm • linkreport

MARC should have a Krispy Kreme Kar!

by Capt. Hilts in MARC will add a bicycle car to some weekend trains on Oct 22, 2014 7:40 pm • linkreport

MARC's single-level carriages are pretty old, twenty or thirty years, aren't they? The reference here to $359,000 is unclear as to whether the carriages were up for refurbishment anyway and it's going to cost $360K and include bike racks; or on the other hand the $360K is truly a marginal cost devoted entirely to bike racks.

If the bike cars go like hotcakes, maybe MARC will bring back the parlor car too.

by Turnip in MARC will add a bicycle car to some weekend trains on Oct 22, 2014 7:39 pm • linkreport

@Ryan,

I genuinely don't think sidewalk cycling is anywhere near as big a deal in DC as the bad behavior of a significant number of motorists throughout the downtown core, particularly ones who chronically block crosswalks and/or turn against pedestrians with the right to walk.

Also, given this chaotic road environment, it's obvious that many cyclists might feel unsafe cycling, say, in/around Farragut Square where there is ZERO dedicated-cyling infrastructure, a tremendous amount of congestion, and a large number of offices where people work, such as the World Bank. For a cyclist to take a wide sidewalk at a slow speed is not that dangerous. In Amsterdam and Copenhagen, many of the cycle "lanes" are actually just pieces of the sidewalk.

I understand that many cyclists behave badly, but more drivers behave badly, and when drivers do behave badly, the consequences are much worse.

by James in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 7:34 pm • linkreport

"Cyclists on sidewalks are the least of our worries in a city where motorists behave worse than those in much of South America."

James, I don't want to sound like I'm picking on you in particular. You're just the owner of the most recent in a string of comments in a similar vein (all w.r.t. "bicyclists are not the problem here, it's those damn drivers!")

The argument you're putting forward is the equivalent of this argument: "People are still being murdered by criminals! That's bad! Therefore, we shouldn't bother taking any measures to stop creeps who take indecent photos of people. Harassing photography is the least of our worries in a city where people are still being gunned down by criminals. Why do you have a problem with this anyway? We should be working together to stop the murderers."

As far as I know, nobody is seriously advancing that argument - because as it turns out, most reasonable people don't use the prevalence of [greater bad thing] as an excuse to not merely ignore [lesser bad thing] but in fact try to shame the people who are victimized by the lesser evil into just taking it because it's more important that the greater evil be stopped.

And I see no reason, frankly, to do what people advancing this argument want me to do - which is to shut up and fall in line behind the bicycle lobby and "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" with regards to things like sidewalk riding and other bad bicycle behaviors because we 'have a common enemy.'

And I'm not going to apologize for it, either.

by Ryan in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 7:26 pm • linkreport

Thank you for showing how a subjective standard can work for this problem.

Mike, has the subjective standard worked for this problem? If so, you would expect to see a significant number of citations issued for hazardous cycling which we haven't seen. Second, the law saying you're driving recklessly if you're driving too fast for the conditions is an ineffective one as well. I doubt if the reason given for many reckless driving violations is driving too fast for conditions. Probably the part of the code they cite is the one saying if you drive X mph over the limit you're driving recklessly.

by Falls Church in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 7:25 pm • linkreport

Bret, we'll just disagree on whether the most important thing Graham did was endorsed the candidate he believes is least accomplished but more contemplative.

I don't know of a single politician in the history of politics who has enjoyed unanimous support for each piece of legislation. Your point is irrelevant here.

I didnt know David introduced an ethics bill that was rejected in favor of Muriels. Have a source for that?

Who said anything about Mayoral experience and why would they?

by HogWash in David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more on Oct 22, 2014 7:14 pm • linkreport

I would love to ban cyclists on sidewalks...when we ALSO ban drivers from accessing parking garages downtown via curb cuts.

Cyclists on sidewalks are the least of our worries in a city where motorists behave worse than those in much of South America.

by James in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 7:02 pm • linkreport

& -- being killed isn't the only threat. Just like most people don't die from airplane crashes. But yes, it's fair to say that peds won't be killed by bicyclists riding on sidewalks.

by Richard Layman in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 6:58 pm • linkreport

@HogWash

"I didn't know the CM's were out making endorsements but why would you expect them to support the nonDemocrat"

Again, if they liked him so much more than Bowser, why didn't they take Cheh's neutral approach and not endorse anyone at all?

"But to your point about Graham, what you also failed to mention is when Graham said..."

He also endorsed Bowser and said this about her:

"Muriel is much more contemplative and not as spontaneous. She’s extremely careful. That’s the way she’s played her hand. She’s very sharp."

"Are you really intending to argue over a yoga tax bill?"

The point was he was defeated numerous times and his legislation was not unanimously supported as much as you've implied. http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/people/muriel-bowser-is-no-adrian-fenty/

"I'm not sure which ethics bill you're referring to."

Bowser's 2011 bill that the Council passed.

"Why did Barry invite him to give the keynote address at the opening of Friendship Tech here in W8?"

Why did Barry endorse Bowser if he likes Catania so much? Why did Catania say to Barry in such an unprofessional scream match in a Council meeting "F you, Marion," and said he was "full of s--t" and "a despicable human being." http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/catania-to-barry-at-d.c.-council-retreat-f-you-marion/article/273226

For "another great read": http://www.washingtonblade.com/2014/09/10/support-muriel-bowser-mayor/

"The issue here is experience vs. inexperience. "

Guess what Hogwash, Catania has no more mayoral experience than Bowser. He has never been a mayor or anything similar.

by Brett M in David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more on Oct 22, 2014 6:57 pm • linkreport

Whatever reason Wells has for endorsing Bowser are his, but it's disappointing (especially because I voted for him). During the primary he called her the status quo candidate, not much different from the current critiques of Bowser. He should have sat this one out, in my opinion.

by Lynda in David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more on Oct 22, 2014 6:43 pm • linkreport

@MLD, that's actually a good and often misunderstood point.

The fact is there will never be an arm's length distance between any DC candidate's policy prescription...lest they never get elected. DC is a liberal town which is why nearly all candidates run on the platform.

The issue here is experience vs. inexperience. Who should we trust to pick up the red phone when it rings. Who best represents the vision we all have for DC.

by HogWash in David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more on Oct 22, 2014 6:21 pm • linkreport

Putting in on the Camden or Brunswick lines has the added hassle of being low platforms, so you cannot roll your bike up you have to lift it.

The Camden line is definitely full in the working in Washington commute direction. Getting on at Murick you sometimes cannot get a seat until after College park.

by Richard in MARC will add a bicycle car to some weekend trains on Oct 22, 2014 6:12 pm • linkreport

@cminus

Absolutely inaccurate. The Control Board suspended operations in FY 2001 after 4 CONSECUTIVE BALANCED BUDGETS. FY 97 and FY 98 were balanced.

David Catania got caught in a lie to make himself look as though he helped turn around deficits.

by Brett M in David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more on Oct 22, 2014 6:06 pm • linkreport

Bret, as bad you and others claim he is, why was he the only DC gov't official to visit Barry in not one but three different hospitals earlier this year? Why was he such great friends with Effie Barry? Why did Barry invite him to give the keynote address at the opening of Friendship Tech here in W8?

I don't think we should stick out heads in the same and act as if party affiliation doesn't matter here. DC voted for Obama upwards of 90% in both elections. But my point here is about who is best equipped to run a city as important as DC and David wins that hands down, assumptions about his personality aside.

I have to go back and check Bowser's responses here but I don't recall a single interview or debate where she has gotten "wonky" in her responses like David has here and on countless other occasions. For another great read, check out his responses here:

http://www.metroweekly.com/2014/10/qa-mayoral-candidate-david-cantania/2/

by HogWash in David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more on Oct 22, 2014 5:53 pm • linkreport

True to form, Boswer is trying to obfuscate on the Klingle Valley trail. In this case, it's more understandable than her usual avoidance of saying anything substantive. Some of the loud supporters of the costly re=building of the road lived in her Ward 4 (and Graham's Ward 1) and viewed Klingle as their express route to drive their kids to schools west of Rock Creek Park each morning. Of course, there were also many folks on both sides of Rock Creek Park who thought that rebuilding the road was costly and foolhardy and that a walk/bike trail is the best alternative. Fortunately, the National Park Service (which owns the land alongside much of the Klingle Road right of way and would have had to provide additional land for a modern roadbed) favored the trail over the road.

by Alf in Breakfast links: More places to bike on Oct 22, 2014 5:49 pm • linkreport

Bret, I didn't know the CM's were out making endorsements but why would you expect them to support the nonDemocrat? If you recall, the last time one did (Shumlin of VT) it forced local dems to seek out the endorsement of MD and VA's governors. The head of the DNC, who had previously declined Bowser's request for support, came out to phone bank for Bowser. Barack Obama became the first president in the history of the US to endorse a DC mayor. And Anita Bonds threatened that the head of the Democratic Governors Association would have to answer for I assume what she and others considered political treachery. So maybe that's why?

But to your point about Graham, what you also failed to mention is when Graham said, "One gets things done with a few broken bones, and the other doesn’t get things done.” Now if I had to choose between the two, I would rather my colleagues think I'm the one who gets things done rather than not.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/david-catanias-passion-cuts-two-ways-as-he-runs-for-dc-mayor/2014/10/12/f37dd558-48af-11e4-b72e-d60a9229cc10_story.html

Are you really intending to argue over a yoga tax bill? The one Muriel says for which she regrets voting? That tax bill? I'm not sure which ethics bill you're referring to. Was Catania's among the 10 Muriel compiled to pass it?

by HogWash in David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more on Oct 22, 2014 5:45 pm • linkreport

@Richard Layman on sidewalks, pedestrians greatest threat is from cyclists. In crosswalks, it's different, cars are the threat. Otherwise there aren't many threats on sidewalks.

Honestly, in terms of fatalities at least, cars appear to be the greatest threat to pedestrians on sidewalks, mid-block. I recall many stories of vehicles jumping the curb and hitting people walking on a sidewalk. Just google "killed sidewalk jumped curb" - this appears to be a vastly more common occurrence than pedestrians killed on sidewalks by bicyclists. I would love to formally compare data, but I can't find any on a cursory search.

by Ampersand in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 5:41 pm • linkreport

Pretty sure most people think that it's "common sense" to vote for their candidate of choice. It seems to me that the policy distinctions between the two frontrunners in this election are pretty small.

by MLD in David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more on Oct 22, 2014 5:41 pm • linkreport

29 bike racks? What will they do with this car during the week when bikes aren't permitted?

$360,000 is an insane price for this project.

I'm excited they'll be permitting bikes on the trains.

by Capt. Hilts in MARC will add a bicycle car to some weekend trains on Oct 22, 2014 5:40 pm • linkreport

I didn't misunderstand anything. The poster did not use the term "separated" but "dedicated." Dedicated bike lanes by law are any bike lanes that are reserved for bikes, scooters, motorcycles, etc., cars prohibited. Even if he did use "separated," every dedicated bike lane is "separated," but now I know he was trying to say protected bike lanes.

There are specific terms people use to talk about these things. You are using these specific terms interchangeably and without regard to their commonly agreed-upon definitions when talking about infrastructure. Hence why people don't get what you are talking about.

The poster said "dedicated," but the example he used (15th street cycletrack) made it clear he meant "separated." Not every bike lane is "separated" - separated in this context specifically means separated by something physical (parked cars, flexposts, zebras, a wide buffer zone) - not just paint on the road.

Also, motorcycles are not allowed in bike lanes.

I said a bike lane shared with cars. And in the reg you quoted it clearly states "Merging the bicycle lane and the adjacent motor vehicle travel lane into a shared travel lane..." What are you arguing over?

Pretty sure he's arguing over whether it's a "bike lane shared with cars" as you erroneously stated, or a "shared travel lane" as the regulation says. You see the difference?

Bike lane shared with cars
vs
Shared travel lane

Once it becomes a "shared travel lane" it is no longer a "bike lane" of any type.

by MLD in A new bill would ban cycling or Segway riding on DC sidewalks next to bike lanes on Oct 22, 2014 5:39 pm • linkreport

Of course they should be allowed discretion, but not if it means they are going to ticket certain groups more than others when all other factors are equal.

by Dave G in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 5:35 pm • linkreport

Richard, believe me I had heard so much about the guy that I didn't know what to expect. But when I say he was about as vanilla as they come I mean just that. Obviously it doesn't mean he doesn't have a "streak" best reserved for out of the public eyes. But this monster didn't exist and hasn't throughout that campaign.

I was well prepared to write-in Gray on November 4th but Catania has given me hope that the city will be in the hands of a good manager with a history of getting things done. It's why I am now well prepared to, for the first time in probably ever, support the nonDemocrat in the race.

by HogWash in David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more on Oct 22, 2014 5:34 pm • linkreport

@Brett M, I'm pretty sure Catania is correct -- DC's budget was not balanced when he was first elected.

The Control Board suspended operations in September 2001 in accordance with its enabling legislation, which called for a return to local control when DC submitted its fourth consecutive balanced budget. That September 2001 budget would have been for FY2002, which means the four consecutive balanced budgets were FY2002, FY2001, FY2000, and FY1999, so FY1998 would have been the last unbalanced DC budget.

Catania joined the Council in a special election in December 1997, when the FY1998 budget was in force.

by cminus in David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more on Oct 22, 2014 5:30 pm • linkreport

Still not sure what that point is? That police officers should not be allowed any discretion in how they perform their job?

by jeffb in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 5:27 pm • linkreport

@Eric

Someday. Fingers crossed.

I;m still hoping Amtrak gets its head out of its butt and implements walk on service along the C&O/Gap corridor.

by jeffb in MARC will add a bicycle car to some weekend trains on Oct 22, 2014 5:23 pm • linkreport

@MLD

I didn't misunderstand anything. The poster did not use the term "separated" but "dedicated." Dedicated bike lanes by law are any bike lanes that are reserved for bikes, scooters, motorcycles, etc., cars prohibited. Even if he did use "separated," every dedicated bike lane is "separated," but now I know he was trying to say protected bike lanes.

@David C

"What you showed was not a "bike lane" according to NACTO or the FHWA, or DDOT."

I said a bike lane shared with cars. And in the reg you quoted it clearly states "Merging the bicycle lane and the adjacent motor vehicle travel lane into a shared travel lane..." What are you arguing over?

by Brett M in A new bill would ban cycling or Segway riding on DC sidewalks next to bike lanes on Oct 22, 2014 5:20 pm • linkreport

Abuse of discretion was indeed the point I was trying to make.

by Dave G in Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks on Oct 22, 2014 5:15 pm • linkreport

Just from reading the title, my first thought was being able to take the train to Harper's Ferry and riding my bike home on the towpath.

Sigh. I guess I can still sweet talk my wife into dropping me off out there, but it wouldn't be the same at all.

by Eric in MARC will add a bicycle car to some weekend trains on Oct 22, 2014 5:08 pm • linkreport

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