I hope the government doesn't shut down, I'm trying to get my passport renewed.
- But fear not, Capital Bikeshare will open tomorrow regardless of what happens (or doesn't happen) by midnight.
- More coverage of the criminally negligent manslaughter by vehicle bill. Frosh keeps pushing this "going to jail for changing the radio station" story. But no one else is saying that is how it will be used, and there is no precedent for that. There isn't even a case like that out there that I know of. Why is it better to kill someone because you heard a Phil Collins song and you hate Phil Collins - except for the cover of You Can't Hurry Love, which you grudgingly like - than it is to have been texting? The only think I can come up with is, it's a little bit illegal to text, but not to tune the radio. Still, If everyone would just put it on NPR and leave it the problem would be solved. Honestly, I almost never tune the radio unless the car is stopped (I don't really tune it anymore, I just push buttons now).
- Other troubled legislation: House Bill 948, which would have created walkable, bikeable communities around Maryland's rail stations died in the Environmental Matters Committee. "By encouraging development geared to mass transit and pedestrians, it promises to begin a long-overdue move away from the rule of the automobile over the planning of America's townscapes."
- DC's plan to put advertising on CaBi stations could be in trouble for the same reasons the plan to put ads on parking meters was. The FHWA may not allow it. "If the Mayor, or the Director of DDOT, receives notice from the United States Secretary of Transportation that the future operation of the advertisement agreement may result in a reduction of the District's share of federal highway funds … the advertiser or advertiser agency will remove the advertisement within 30 days from the date of receipt of the notice by the District." Of course, since that money won't be dedicated to bike sharing, it isn't that much of a loss for cyclists.
- WABA needs Volunteers
- Something I missed with the Bike DC announcement (today is the last day to get the reduced rate). Somehow they got a permit from NPS to use the GW parkway, even though it was earlier denied. It's at times like these that I'm reminded about how much I'll miss the federal government when it's gone. [And when my flight leaves without me on it because I have no passport].