- Registration is now open for Bike to Work Day 2011. Sign up at WABA. They're trying to get to 10,000 participants this year. Also, it looks like there are going to be significantly more pit stops than in previous years (9 in DC alone).
- Rob Pintingolo at GGW uses American Community Survey data to create a map showing bike commuting by Census tract. It should be no surprise that NW and Capitol Hill are the heavy areas.
- The Post on the new book How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way). 'A true vehicle of social change, the bicycle went from oddity in 1878 to commonplace by 1895, affecting the place of women in society in ways that were debated by men and women alike. Some, like the crusader Charlotte Smith, sought to protect women's morals, saying bicycle riding lured "young girls into paths that lead directly to sin." Others cited the benefits of vigorous exercise, fresh air and greater freedom of movement. As the wife of a New York City minister put it, "A girl who rides a wheel is lifted out of herself and her surroundings.'
- NPS has denied Bike DC's permit request to use the GW Parkway for the ride. WABA is looking into options. Just when I was starting to say that NPS was changing for the better....Oh NPS.
- Want to help make Arlington more bicycle friendly. Get involved with the BAC. "The BAC meets monthly to review and comment on Arlington County projects that will have an impact on cycling in Arlington. While their recommendations aren’t binding, Arlington County staff have regularly modified and revised county plans in response to input gathered through the committee. Every BAC meeting is open to the public, and meeting summaries are posted at the BikeArlington site. The next BAC meeting – at 6:30p, Monday, March 7 at the Central Library – is geared specifically to making more people aware of the role that the BAC play in addressing the concerns of cyclists in Arlington."
Four Mile Run bicycle path opening, 1967