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Bike to Work Day: It's Bike to Work Day! Were you among the 14,000 expected to participate? (Post)

Cyclist struck, critically injured: A 20-year-old cyclist died is in critical condition after a collision with a driver at 11th and U, NW Thursday morning. Police didn't specify which direction the cyclist or driver were traveling, but the driver did stay on the scene. Update: Some reports said the cyclist died, but that is still unconfirmed. (Post)

Bikeshare to Fairfax?: Fairfax is applying for funding to do a bikeshare feasibility study. Right now the focus is on bringing Capital Bikeshare to Reston. (FABB)

Cycle tracks make odd bed fellows: DDOT unveiled details on the M Street bike lanes at a meeting which became somewhat heated with opponents ranging from members of a local church to the owner of a strip club. (WashCycle, Borderstan, DCist)

Child care crisis: While DC offers subsidized child care, parents have to wait for hours to get it, forcing some to miss work or school. Even then, parents only get a 40% subsidy, which is among the lowest in the country. (Post)

Georgetown 2028: The Georgetown BID is beginning a several month planning charette to discuss the direction the neighborhood should take in the next 15 years. (Georgetown Metropolitan)

DC, the taste testers: Several restaurant chains use DC to test out new concepts before expanding to the rest of the country. Harriet Tregoning says DC makes a perfect test bed for many urban innovations, from urban Walmart to car2go. (City Paper)

Gen Y likes walkability: More than three quarters of Generation Y want to live in walkable neighborhoods. Most also want to live near shopping, dining, and their work, and 40% want to live in cities. (UrbanTurf)

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Steven Yates grew up in Indiana before moving to DC in 2002 to attend college at American University. He currently lives in Southwest DC.  

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He died? Yikes. That post article doesn't say anything about a death. Just a "critical injury."

by Nick on May 17, 2013 9:02 am • linkreport

Bike to Work Day: It's Bike to Work Day! Were you among the 14,000 expected to participate?

Missed it again for the fourth consecutive year. Sigh.

by oboe on May 17, 2013 9:22 am • linkreport

biked to work - first time since college. Got a t shirt! Beautiful morning!

by AWalkerInTheCity on May 17, 2013 9:30 am • linkreport

Bike to work day depresses me since I have to buy two (two!) new bikes sometime this spring. Someone went "Gone in 60 seconds" on my block the other day.

by drumz on May 17, 2013 9:34 am • linkreport

Does anyone know any details about how the bike accident happened?

by Michael Perkins on May 17, 2013 9:37 am • linkreport

@AWalkerInTheCity
biked to work - first time since college. Got a t shirt! Beautiful morning!

Congrats!

I had to take bikeshare this morning as I'm going out of town after work. Still a nice ride though!

by MLD on May 17, 2013 9:48 am • linkreport

Were you among the 14,000 expected to participate?

No. I was not expected to participate, but I did anyway.

My trip involved two "side-walk closed, cross over" signs without a pedestrian light to cross. Nor was the side-walk closed by side-walk work. One was especially dangerous; the US-1 bridge across the rial tracks near Braddock Rd. Boo Alexandria!

Got my bike-to-work T-shirt surprisingly at S Glebe & Potomac Ave. Although, they did not have sizes above XL. Not all bikers are fit and mid-sized. Tall people bike too! And so do fat people!

Also, a run over motor cyclist at a parking entrance at Reagan. That looked bad. Several abandoned bikes showed helping bikers. Emergency crews came in with sirens blazing. Motor bike was pretty fumbled up, and car lose a front bumper.

Bikeshare to Fairfax?

Oh Fairfax, when are you going to notice the wonderful bikeshare opportunities around Franconia-Springfield? Put one at the metro station, two at the mall, and two at the metro business park. People will use it.

by Jasper on May 17, 2013 9:48 am • linkreport

I saw a surprising number of CaBi's at BTWD stations. A big success. I agree with Jasper that the T-shirts are a little small on my 6'4" frame

by SJE on May 17, 2013 9:51 am • linkreport

RE: bikeshare in Fairfax:

I know GMU has its own on-campus bikeshare. Anybody know how well that works? I'd suspect at least something limited, locally, around the university campus would be quite useful. Maybe with transferable membership to use on CaBi whenever you come into the city...

by Ser Amantio di Nicolao on May 17, 2013 9:54 am • linkreport

Tregoning wrong as usual. Car2Go and WalMarts were in several US cities in a huge way before launching here in a small way.

by Tom Coumaris on May 17, 2013 10:06 am • linkreport

@ SJE:I saw a surprising number of CaBi's at BTWD stations.

I actually was disappointed how few I saw on the Mt Vernon trail. Very few. But then I did only came by the Glebe/Potomac BTWD box - it could not be called a station. The Rosslyn Gateway Park place looked like it was hopping, but I passed by. I had to beat the clock. And I did :-D

the T-shirts are a little small on my 6'4" frame

Try being 6'8".

by Jasper on May 17, 2013 10:27 am • linkreport

This is unrelated to the breakfast links, but since Metro added more buses to the S line on 16th Street, many buses that read "Federal Triangle" routinely stop now at McPherson Square. While I appreciate the extra service on the line to ferry people between Columbia Heights and K Street, there are many people (like me) who do take the bus all the way down.

To add insult to injury, many riders are also waiting longer to get a bus headed to Federal Triangle (passing up numerous McPherson-bound buses) and when they randomly stop at 14th Street, it made for some pretty angry and vocal passengers on this morning's bus. The driver's response was: "The sign's broken." Whether it is or not, this is happening far too often to be a random occurrence.

by Adam L on May 17, 2013 10:29 am • linkreport

"Try being 6'8"

If only I can backdate that to when I was dating.

by NoNapoleonComplex on May 17, 2013 10:30 am • linkreport

Seems like West Falls Church, Bailey's and Seven Corners should be included in the CaBi rollout consider they are closest to Arlington and Alexandria stations.

by Alan B. on May 17, 2013 10:34 am • linkreport

Alan B,

Maybe, but I'm at the current Cabi Frontier in Arlington and I'm still a good few miles from those locations. Reston is farther still of course but the east Fairfax locations are still well outside the CABI network to be stitched in quite yet.

Plus Reston has some intrinsic advantages over those locations. Even the first iteration of Reston near lake Anne is pretty bikeable and then you have the town center and the W&OD. You could get some good intra-county cabi circulation. I can't say if that's the best strategy at the moment but it apparently has merit with fairfax planners.

by drumz on May 17, 2013 10:46 am • linkreport

@Adam L.

Interesting point, I've long had that kvetch about the S9. The price difference between Metro and Metrobus probably discourages bus to metro transfers so a stop at McPherson is less useful than planners think.

by Steve S. on May 17, 2013 10:50 am • linkreport

@Jasper:

6' 8" here too! Where do you go to find stuff? Pretty slim pickins' at the Rochester and Men's Wearhouse on Connecticut.

by MetroDerp on May 17, 2013 10:56 am • linkreport

I think in most systems the driver has to change the head sign and log into Next Bus and everything, so unless the sign is just not working it's probably that the driver didn't remember to change it.

by Alan B. on May 17, 2013 11:13 am • linkreport

My advice for the 16th Street buses is to always just get on whatever bus comes first, unless it is a bus you don't want that is also already packed to the gills. Then just get off down the line and transfer.

This is because people who are going to the places that all the buses serve are not picking and choosing which buses to get on. This means that depending on timing the buses like the S1 or the buses that go all the way to federal triangle may be crowded and delayed, while buses that go to McPherson may be empty. So you may wait wait wait for the "right" bus which is then full, and makes you wait longer. If you took whatever bus to K st and got off, you'd find that lots of people get off at K and free up room on the bus you must take. I see more and more people taking this approach.

by MLD on May 17, 2013 11:37 am • linkreport

@MLD

I would be totally willing to do that, the problem is I don't want to get on a bus labeled "Federal Triangle" only to have it stop a few block later.

by Adam L on May 17, 2013 12:05 pm • linkreport

Re: Fairfax Bikeshare

They don't need a study to know that Reston is not the right place to begin bikeshare in Fairfax. I have a feeling that "they" believe bikeshare is primarily for recreational biking and since Reston has a dense network of shared-use trails, it would be a good candidate.

Everywhere in the suburbs, bikeshare is located near metro stations. It's primarily used as a "last-mile" transportation solution. The logical candidates for bikeshare would be around Fairfax Co's metro stations.

by Falls Church on May 17, 2013 12:18 pm • linkreport

This was my first time to participate in Bike to Work day. I was surprised how many people were at the pit stop I went to. My office is also participating in the Big Green Commute this week, and it's been fun seeing high ups in our office getting excited about green commuting. They really want to beat the other offices.

by Robby on May 17, 2013 12:25 pm • linkreport

@Adam L
I would be totally willing to do that, the problem is I don't want to get on a bus labeled "Federal Triangle" only to have it stop a few block later.

Agreed, I think the only way available to you to have any sort of impact on this is to take down the bus number and the time when this happens and report it either to the WMATA twitter account if you use that or use the online customer comment form. Then they can figure out who the driver is and if this is an ongoing issue. Just tell them the sign said federal triangle but the bus stopped before that.

by MLD on May 17, 2013 12:26 pm • linkreport

The logical candidates for bikeshare would be around Fairfax Co's metro stations.

The Wiehle Avenue station (the one closest to Reston Town Center) will be opening at the end of this year.

by drumz on May 17, 2013 12:27 pm • linkreport

I don't think its so much that it shouldn't go into Reston as the fact that the entire focus there seems rather limited considering it's a terribly dense area to begin with. I legitimately hope they aren't but it almost seems like they are setting themselves up for failure.

by Alan B. on May 17, 2013 12:35 pm • linkreport

@ MetroDerp:Where do you go to find stuff?

Clothing? Casual Male XL. There's actually quite a few in the area. Not in DC though. Note that they heavily flavor their stores to the neighborhood they're in, but they don't advertise that. There is virtually no overlap between the offerings in their urban stores, as compared to one of their more business oriented stores (Manassas). Or the outlets (Potomac Hell, Hagerstown), which really just have what they get. Pricing is actually pretty good, especially during sales season. They're good quality, especially for casual stuff, but their formal wear is actually pretty decent as well. Biggest problem is that most stores are not that large.

Other than that, I occasionally score at large outdoor stores such as Bass Pro. I recently did very well at a Belk in Westminster, MD, but that's kinda out of the way. Also, keep your eyes open when you're in the South or Midwest. Somehow they tailor better to tall (and big) men there. I am always looking for stores that say big and tall when I travel. Most general chains are useless when you want more than XXL, even when they deny it. They invariably point to their website, where the item you want is out of stock (REI).

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by Jasper on May 17, 2013 12:46 pm • linkreport

The logical candidates for bikeshare would be around Fairfax Co's metro stations.

The Wiehle Avenue station (the one closest to Reston Town Center) will be opening at the end of this year.

Wiehle Ave isn't really that close to RTC. Phase II includes a station actually called Reston Town Center, emphasizing the point that Wiehle isn't really meant to serve RTC.

When Phase II opens up, a station at RTC makes sense. Also, if we're talking about where to start with bikeshare stations related to Phase I Silver Line, near the four Tysons metro stations makes a lot more sense. Wiehle Ave is a typical end-of-line park-and-ride station while the Tysons stations will not have parking and are meant to be ped/bike/bus oriented and surrounded by a (coming) street grid.

by Falls Church on May 17, 2013 1:04 pm • linkreport

I THOUGHT they were going to priortize Tysons for bike share. I guess they decided its still too unbikeable to make it work, and will resolve the last mile problem differently.

The problem with Reston is that you need balance, AND you need density of stations to make it work. You could do a station at the new metro station, and one at RTC, addressing a big last mile problem. But will it work with only the two stations? If you add more, I think you have to go to places that are going to have balance problems, since AFAIK most areas of Reston, even the denser ones, outside RTC are either residential, or employment, but not both.

by AWalkerInTheCity on May 17, 2013 1:05 pm • linkreport

wiehle is 1.6 miles from RTC. Too far to walk,(which is why the additional station will be needed) but fine for biking. And most of that would be on the W&OD.

And RTC is dense with both residents and jobs, so it could balance pretty well. Not sure if that station pair is enough to make it feasible though.

by AWalkerInTheCity on May 17, 2013 1:12 pm • linkreport

I'll backtrack a little and acknowledge the pitfalls of Cabi at Reston. But I can see the logic of it and did a couple years ago when fairfax tried to get tiger funding for it.

by drumz on May 17, 2013 1:28 pm • linkreport

AWITC,

I'd agree that bikeshare at Wiehle/RTC could potentially work. It's just not the first place I'd look to introduce bikeshare to the County. Reston's biggest advantage is existing off-road bike infrastructure and given controversies around cyclist/car/ped conflicts, perhaps the thinking is to start some place where those conflicts will be minimized due to dedicated infrastructure. If the goal is to maximize use (as opposed to minimize conflict), then established metro stations and/or Tysons would be a more logical starting point.

by Falls Church on May 17, 2013 1:36 pm • linkreport

Huntington would be a potentially useful place for Fairfax County to put Bikeshare, especially if we can get some bike improvements along Huntington Ave or they build a multi-use path with the planned levee along Cameron Run. Could tie into the existing/proposed Bikeshare in Old Town and Carlyle, especially with two bike/ped routes across the Beltway (albeit one requiring a Route 1 crossing).

by Froggie on May 17, 2013 1:47 pm • linkreport

I keep hearing that biking in Tysons is too challenging right now.

Dunn Loring - Mosaic could work, but Mosaic and adjoining areas don't have as much critical mass as RTC. Id say ditto for Springfield, at least till the redevelopment is done (and even then I don't think it will be as much activity as RTC) I just can't think of anywhere else - not Vienna Metro, not WFC, not Huntington.

by AWalkerInTheCity on May 17, 2013 1:47 pm • linkreport

On second thought, you may be right. The terrific bike infrastructure in Reston (particularly the W&OD connection from Wiehle to RTC) coupled with density that's superior to Fairfax's existing metro stations may make it a logical first choice. The biggest issue will be having a small pod of bikeshare stations so far from any other station.

by Falls Church on May 17, 2013 2:22 pm • linkreport

And on that, I think you may be right.

by AWalkerInTheCity on May 17, 2013 2:30 pm • linkreport

I second the suggestion of CaBi around Huntington, especially if it was combined with several of the new developments that are being added near the intersection of Rt. 1 & N. Kings Hwy.

Honestly, if they put it in there and one near the USPTO, I would just grab a bike at Huntington and cycle across the Eisenhower Ave connection bridge to work on a regular basis! Makes much more sense than driving it or Metro'g one stop ...

Cheers!

by Thad on May 17, 2013 2:34 pm • linkreport

"Forget about the six feet, let's talk about the eight inches."

by Mae West on May 17, 2013 2:51 pm • linkreport

GMU has bike share and the University of Maryland doesn't? What's up with that.

by Tom Coumaris on May 17, 2013 8:30 pm • linkreport

Tom, gmu had bike share but its not CABI,

I haven't been down there to check it out yet though.

http://transportation.gmu.edu/patriotbikeshare.html

by drumz on May 17, 2013 9:35 pm • linkreport

UMD is perfect for a closed bikeshare. 40K students spread from the beltway to Hyattsville. Campus itself is often too big to walk between classes.

by Tom Coumaris on May 17, 2013 10:53 pm • linkreport

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