Yesterday was groundhog day, when Punxsutawney Phil came out of his hole, saw his shadow and declared an early spring. Today is my sister's birthday when she gets out of bed, sees her reflection in the mirror and declares herself still 29.
- Who wants a trail in their front yard? Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, that's who. He sold 275 linear feet of his property frontage to Fairfax County for a trail along Spring Hill Road. At 6 feet wide it's more like a sidewalk really. The trail will "give pedestrians safe passage to Spring Hill RECenter, Spring Hill Elementary School, Tysons Corner and the future Metrorail Silver Line." Update: Apparantly he didn't really want it that much. Here is an article from 2006 (alluded to in the comments) about the long-running battle. The original offer was for $19,000, but he eventually got $81,000.
- Capital Bikeshare is turning non-cyclists into errand-by-bike regulars.
- More discussion, this time at City Paper, about "why CaBi isn't being used EOTR" (and the since removed statement that "African-Americans... are averse to colder temperatures"). One issue that hasn't been mentioned is that the street-grid EOTR is just awful. Each little neighborhood appears to be turned at it's own angle, many streets don't go through and it all looks kind of suburban. DC really dropped the ball when they let it develop like that.
- DC streets could be getting safer.
- I'm not sure how one would do this for DC, but we could add in a Capital Bikeshare profile.
- A more detailed description (including a map) of some of Alexandria's 17 grant-funded bike/ped projects.