The Ride of Silence is on Wednesday. Don't forget. And bring a friend.
RSVP for Meet the Met: Party on the Met Branch Trail on June 5th.
The Giro in DC gets influential criticism.
The American Council of Engineering Companies has named the Union Station Bike Station as a winner of a 2009-2010 Engineering Excellence Award.
We Love DC debunks some DC biking myths.
David Alpert on how the new Metro fares are core-centered
The peak of the peak also hits DC, Arlington, and Alexandria riders a bit heavier than others, since being a flat fare, it's a greater percentage for those who ride short trips.
Will this induce more biking, since it's more likely that those in Alexandria will bike to work in DC, than those in Fairfax?
Alexandria is offering incentives for riders to keep going at the end of BikeDC
Follow the Mount Vernon Trail from the finish line in Crystal City to Old Town Alexandria. This 4.5 mile extension takes you past National Airport to the heart of Alexandria, where you can enjoy the beauty and the history of Old Town Alexandria.
Do you need an added incentive to bike to Alexandria? Come to the Snack Shak (located on the Alexandria Waterfront in the Torpedo Factory Food Pavilion, 5 Cameron Street) between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Show your Bike DC rider ID and get giveaways provided by the City of Alexandria and a FREE fresh squeezed juice and a cookie! Supplies are limited.
Alexandria also has a new Waterfront plan, but the "continuous path" along the waterfront appears to be just for pedestrians, since the only drawing with someone with a bike is of someone walking their bike. Which is OK, because Union Street works fine.
Cynthia McKinney, six term Member of Congress and 2008 Green Party nominee for President, is riding her bike as part of an unsupported group ride from San Francisco to DC. No need to clean up yet, they won't get here until September.
This is getting boring. Another new building that will encourage residents to bike.
the developer has agreed to provide a $50 SmartTrip card and subsidize membership fees for either a SmartBike or Zip Car membership for each unit upon move-in. Because of the site's proximity to the metro, below-grade parking will provide precisely 34 bicycle spaces (don't even try getting a 35th bike in there) and 17 car spaces, according to the zoning application.
Michael Dresser continues to cover sharing the road in his Getting There blog. One post includes a letter from a woman who's husband was killed in a hit-and-run crash and the other from a man stating that Baltimore is worse for cyclists than Texas. (I have to agree with one commenter that Austin, at least, is a pretty great place to bike). (via GGW)
Baltimore's City Paper has an article lamenting the town's lack of a dedicated bike advocacy group (One Less Car is really state-oriented).
Just look at the respective fronts of Baltimore's Penn Station and D.C.'s Union Station. Here, we have a set of racks sitting out of the way next to a parking lot; Union Station offers a full-on bike transit center, with lockers, storage, changing rooms, bike rentals, and even a repair shop. Note that the center, along with a large percentage of bicycle improvements nationwide, is funded in large part by federal dollars. That is to say that the money is out there for the taking, it's just a matter of having the wherewithal to grab it. Or, to put it into even sharper terms, you, the Baltimore taxpayer, are paying for other cities' bad-ass bicycle programs.
CNN has an article with a take on the conflict between cyclists and drivers over space, money and rights to the road.
"The roads were made for cars," KTAR-FM radio guest host John Hook said in Phoenix, Arizona, last month. "And bicyclists share the road, but sometimes they think they own the road." [WC: Unlike drivers, who KNOW they own the road?]
Photo by M.V. Jantzen