The conversation continues on Twitter, as well. Check out #RV11 for the minute-by-minute action from those live-tweeting the event.
- The good folks from BicycleSPACE were kind enough to host Saturday's Monuments by Moonlight ride - Jordan Mittelman offers a recap of the ride, including the song playlist from the bike boombox.
When everyone had had their fill of Stoned Wheat Thins and Gruyere and had each made a t-shirt, we prepared to embark on an evening ride around the Monuments. It had been arranged for Capital Bikeshare to deliver 75 of their red cruisers to the store, and after unloading the truck, Operations Manager Euan Fisk (an old friend), began to assist all the participants with picking out a bike. Once everyone was outfitted, we shouted out a few safety announcements and were ready to go.
- Local news outlet TBD.com offers a recap of several sessions:
Don't wait for the future to see how D.C. transportation will evolve — an active vision for its shape is developing right now in the minds and discussion of these very people, their audience, and others like them. Rail~Volution provided an encouraging glimpse into the process.
- Greater Greater Washington chipped in with this all-encompassing recap:
Bill Millar reminded the audience that transit activism isn't just about those big federal-level initiatives that get caught in big federal-level partisan gridlock. Eight cities and towns will vote on transit-related ballot initiatives in November. Millar noted that on the very same day last November when the American people voted in a new class of self-styled fiscal hawks, they also voted nearly three-to-one in favor of pro-transit measures—even when they involved taxation.
"You can't rest when you get home!" Millar exhorted Rail~Volution attendees.
They gave him a standing ovation.
- Streetsblog took an informational tidbit from one of the sessions and poised it as a hypothetical: What if Washington had never built Metro?
Commuters would have to put up with commutes that take 25 percent longer. This would effectively curtail people’s access to jobs and employers’ access to the workforce.
The region would see more than a million additional auto trips per day.
This traffic would require 1,000 additional lane miles to accommodate, the equivalent of two Capital Beltways’ worth of asphalt.
Four to six more traffic lanes across the Potomac would be necessary.
The downtown core would be eviscerated by parking. To store all the extra cars would take 200,000 parking spots, the equivalent of 170 blocks filled with five-story parking structures.
All that car infrastructure would cost nearly $11 billion to build, and impose huge maintenance costs every year.
- The Atlantic Cities looks at parking, paraphrasing Jeff Tumlin of Nelson/Nygaard:
“Somebody who’s screaming about ‘parking needs to be free!’ I can sit down with them for 20 minutes and get them to understand,” he says. “But it takes a full 20 minutes. And in a world where everything has to be distilled into 15-second sound bites, it’s really hard to convince people on a large scale.”
The Atlantic Cities had 20 minutes to spare this week at the Rail~Volution conference in Washington, where Tumlin was preaching some of his painful parking innovation. And so we asked for the full story.