Posts Tagged ‘DDOT’

Free Cars in DC?

September 22, 2010

Free Cars in DC?

Free Cars in DC? Of all the environmentally irresponsible, wasteful, profligate actions, at a time when so many people can’t even afford the gas to . . . .

Oh. Wait.

It’s Car Free Day in Metro DC. September 22, 2010. Everyone is biking, walking, skating, taking Metro rail and bus, and riding the Circulator. Skateboards? Scooters? That’s the spirit. Details here. 

Sounds like a good time to join Capital Bikeshare.

And take the Car Free Pledge — it’s just for one day. Free poster from Commuter Connections.

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Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Bikeshare Begins

September 21, 2010

Bikeshare Begins

Capital Bikeshare began rolling out its fleet of red rental bicycles Monday in Washington DC and Arlington Virginia. By late October 1,100 cycles will be available at 114 bike stations across DC and Arlington (see the full map here). The annual membership rate is $50 (reduced from $75) and rides 30 minutes or less are free (see the rates here).

While the program is aimed at serving daily commuters, there are daily rates for tourists.  

The $4 million project, chiefly funded through federal grants, takes advantage of DC’s new bike lanes and bike signals and connects with Metro stations and Circulator bus routes. Alta Bicycle Share operates the system.

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Dancing with the Cars

May 7, 2010

Dancing with the Cars

Washington DC’s transportation department is considering implementing an all-way pedestrian crossing signal at Chinatown’s main intersection, 7th and H Streets NW. Traffic lights would stop all vehicles, and pedestrians would be allowed to cross in any direction, even diagonally.

This “Barnes Dance ” or “Barnes Walk” pattern is named after Henry A. Barnes (1907 – 1968), who popularized the system as NYC Traffic Commissioner.  He also worked in Baltimore.

As DC considers the system, Denver, the first city to implement it, may dump it.

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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