Klein is selling an urban lifestyle that depends less than ever on cars and more on trains, buses, bicycles and walking. He is following the credo of like-minded transportation planners in Portland, Seattle and New York that public transit can revive ailing cities.
Klein is expanding the city's red, dollar-a-ride Circulator bus system beyond tourist destinations and into more neighborhoods. He's promoting car sharing and, with Tregoning's office, said he hopes to build on a bike-sharing pilot program with 1,000 new bicycles and 100 stations.
Klein drives his own Smart Car two or three times a week, calling the silver two-seater a "lazy asset." He prefers to walk the eight blocks to the office from his condo in Columbia Heights or ride one of his five bikes, which include a Vespa scooter.
A Vespa Scooter is a bike?
Lon Anderson of AAA doesn't like the new sheriff.
Among his beefs with Klein are higher parking meter rates, extending meter enforcement to Saturdays and evenings and a new lane along a portion of 15th Street NW devoted to bicyclists.
So he doesn't like paying to use public space or sharing space with cyclists. Why do cyclists always get stuck with the "sense of entitlement" label?
About the website
A new, more transparent Web site was launched Wednesday, with budgets and schedules for every road, bridge and transit project, including those that veer off schedule, along with explanations why. There's a YouTube primer on how to pay the new, high-tech parking meters on U Street, featuring Klein himself.
The website is a big improvement (even if all my links don't work anymore. Where are the bike laws?). You can check out the Bicycle Programs page here. The DDOT projects page isn't up yet as of the time of this writing, but if they really keep it up to date that would be fantastic; if not it can look bad. Arlington doesn't always do a great job of keeping CapTrack up to date, and that doesn't look good - even though I'd rather have staff actually building and maintaining facilities than updating a web database. The DDOT website is cleaner and I like it. Now if only the rest of dc.gov can follow suit.