As employees shuffle their cars around every two hours to avoid tickets, Charlottesville, VA is debating installing on-street meters. Meanwhile, municipal parking garages go empty. Most city officials want to keep parking free to help downtown businesses, but employees are taking up spaces. (Daily Progress, Michael P) (Tip: Michael P)
NCPC unhappy with no new parking at Navy Yard?
JDLand notices that NCPC’s reaction to a planned expansion and modernization of building W-200 at the Navy Yard includes what looks like a suggestion for more parking. According to NCPC, the project will add room for 135 more workers, but add no new parking. NCPC staff suggest the Navy Yard “demonstrate how the WNY parking ratio meets NCPC’s Comprehensive Plan goals,” but the federal Comprehensive Plan mainly discusses limiting parking, not expanding it, though it does also recommend a ratio of one space per five employees.
Talking parking in Alexandria
Alexandria has created a parking questionnaire. If you park in Alexandria, let the city know what you think about their parking policies.
The Maryland State Highway Administration is “ignoring its own recently adopted guidelines” by designing road and intesection widenings for cars only and neglecting bicycle commuting around the National Naval Medical Center (soon to be the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center) in Bethesda. In some cases, they’re taking up the entire right-of-way of a road with car lanes, making it difficult to add the bicycle facilities that are already on the county’s master plan. (TheWashCycle)
NYC imagines 49,000 shared bicycles
New York has an ambitious “business plan” to put 49,000 bike sharing bicycles across the city. They expect to fund the first phase, 10,500 bicycles in Manhattan below 72nd Street and the densest parts of Brooklyn, just through memberships, not requiring an advertising franchise agreement. Partners would fund later phases covering the remaining walkable neighborhoods in the city. (CoolTown Studios) … CNN looks at the successes and obstacles of other systems around the world. (TheWashCycle)
DCCA elects slate, President too close to call
Last night, Dupont Circle Citizens’ Asssociation members elected almost all of the candidates nominated by the Nominating Committee, and whom I recommended. The race for President between Ron Clayton and Robin Diener, however, ended in a 51-51 tie, with eight provisional ballots to potentially decide the race. (Friends of Jack)
Can you give $5/month to support the content that makes you a more informed, engaged resident of our great region?