Thursday, August 15th, 2013
For the five-hundredth time, cars are not allowed in Georgetown under any circumstance.
But, don’t let this sad realization discourage you from exploring the amazing city you have at your fingertips! Once you have an idea of what you want to do, there are numerous ways to plan your trip so you can travel efficiently and safely in D.C.
One of the most efficient ways to travel around the city is by public transportation, specifically by the MetroRail system. Unfortunately, Georgetown itself doesn’t have a Metro station. DC Transit authority recently released plans to change this, though not til 2040, so don’t get too excited. However, the Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom stations are within walking distance from campus, assuming the weather is nice. Students can also take busses to get to the stations.
The MetroRail has numerous stations that are within walking distance of all museums, monuments, restaurants, and neighborhoods of D.C. It is generally safe, but you should obviously be smart and travel with a group, especially during nighttime hours. Being flashed or offered drugs happens more than you might think. Fares are reasonable, but vary depending on your final destination. Vox recommends purchasing a reusable SmarTrip farecard, which will save both time and money if you plan on traveling around D.C. often.
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Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
I ride on LSD. The mayor told me to.
This t-shirt slogan might have you a little confused if you don’t hail from the streets of Chi-town. LSD is the acronym for Lake Shore Drive, the major road that runs between the shores of Lake Michigan and the city. Every last Sunday in May, LSD is closed to automobile traffic from 5 to 9 a.m. for a cycling event called Bike the Drive.
The 30-mile ride attracts the entire spectrum of age: from tots with plastic Mohawks jutting from their helmets to grandpas in spandex they should have ditched two decades ago. Regardless of appearance, all come out to bike the magnificent Chicago skyline and do a solid for their bodies and the environment.
Bike the Drive being one of my favorite Chicago events, I was disappointed to learn that the D.C. derivative—Bike D.C.—was cancelled this year. The event mirrors Chicago’s: occurring on a Sunday and closing major roadways for bikers. Bike D.C., however, had to receive approval from five agencies, due to a route that traverses from Capitol Hill to Arlington, finishing on the Mall.
The event organizer Rich Bauman was thwarted by D.C. and the National Park Service. Mayor Vincent Gray’s Special Events Task Group ultimately denied Bauman approval, after making him wait three months for an appointment and sending him to Metro Police for another serving of red tape a lá D.C. The cancellation of the ride was a hard hit to the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, which uses Bike D.C. as a major fundraiser.
WABA advocates for the increased use, ease and safety of bicycle transportation in the D.C. area. Thus, it is interesting that Gray’s Task Group annulled the event, as Gray has spear-headed major bike initiatives, discussed later in this post. Bauman speculates simply the hassle of paperwork motivated the cancellation: “There are certain players who find this event a pain in the rear.”
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Monday, October 17th, 2011
The construction outside the front gates has taken yet another victim. Aside from the blocked-off areas and the sand all over the sidewalks (Editor’s note: That is from the construction, right?), back in May the construction also forced our wonderfully convenient G2 stop to move all the way to Wisconsin Avenue. And now they’re taking away the bikes!
Today, the Capital Bikeshare station that has been sitting right outside the gates for the past year will officially close due to the ongoing construction. But it won’t only refuse to allow members to take or leave a bike—employees will be dismantling the station and entirely removing it. According to an email sent last week by Capital Bikeshare to its users, the station will be reinstalled “in early November.” Since we doubt the construction will be done by then, hopefully they’ll find a place to put it where there’s actual pavement.
The construction which has been gobbling up our convenient travel methods is the “O&P Street Rehabilitation Project,” which aims at fixing or removing old streetcar tracks, replacing water mains, and repairing sidewalks, among other touch-ups. From today through October
17 25, the construction team will begin “milling and paving work” outside the gates, which involves repairing concrete and putting down new asphalt. But hopefully no sand.
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
“Being the minority is scary,” muses Marianne Johnson, an American University student that is blogging about her internship experience on an AU-hosted network.
Vox thought it had seen the last of disastrously misinformed race commentary in Greater Greater Washington contributor Veronica Davis’ post about why black neighborhoods see low Capital Bikeshare usage (Her answer: “In general, African-Americans…are averse to colder temperatures”). But we were wrong.
Whereas our Tea Party brethren told tourists to stay off the Green line, Johnson is alright with going to these “scary” neighborhoods. But she has a couple of rules.
For example, Johnson has learned that you need to “fake it till you make it.”
The “ghetto” people can smell fear, apparently. Remember: “Dreed = half ass presentation” [sic]. So, smile, “it confuses people.”And keep your phone on you because “A CELL PHONE WOULD ALLOW YOU TO CALL 911.”
In typical fashion, Johnson lumps all of Southeast into one whole. Keep in mind that Southeast includes Capitol Hill, Navy Yard, and Barney Circle west of the Anacostia River, as well as at least two dozen neighborhoods east of the river, including the Anacostia neighborhood itself. From her description, Johnson is probably somewhere around Capitol View.
“Words can not describe” how happy Johnson is to leave Southeast behind. We can only hope this means that she won’t be writing about it anymore.
Image by Peter Fitzgerald
Edit: The post has been updated to strike-out a misleading sentence. Johnson did not use the word “ghetto” in her post.
Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
After debuting its Capital Bikeshare program in late September, the D.C. Department of Transportation finally installed Georgetown’s very own solar-powered bicycle station earlier this week.
The station, which is located in the House of Sweden parking lot at the intersection of K Street and 29th Street, doesn’t have any bicycles yet. According to Georgetown Metropolitan, a second station should spring up on Wisconsin Avenue next week.
Another station was originally slated to be installed near campus at the intersection of N Street and 37th Street, however, those plans now appear to be up in the air.
GM added that a fourth station is rumored to open in front of the Hardy School, near the Wisconsin Avenue Safeway.
7:30 p.m. update – Commenter “Anon” reports that the bikes are now at the station.
Photo: Google Maps