It looked like the Masters was going to be exciting, but then it wasn't.
- Good news, HB363 made it to the Senate floor with only a minor change. It still needs to be approved there and then back in the House to become law - and all by the end of the day. "Surprisingly, there are still some people who don’t want the law and they are lobbying hard, so we are asking everyone affected to contact their groups to generate support emails to their senators."
- At least one Capital Bikeshare employee is saying that alta's VP took a trip to the Bahamas with company/DDOT money shortly after operations started, but that now they're forcing some employees to become part time (32 hours a week) instead of full time (as they promised) so that they can deny them health care and paid vacation. Welcome aboard Eric Gilliland.... (tip)
- Keith Berner is back, and you may not like this. You should read the last part first, but still..."The cycling community is very tight-knit, hypersensitive to insult or incursion, resistant to giving benefit-of-the-doubt to drivers, and so intensely ideological as to be unable to separate friends from enemies: if you are in a car, you’re bad; if you’re on a bike, you’re good." But then contradicts this with "Just the same, I think reasonable cyclists and reasonable drivers could come together to find ways to reduce inbred hostility and to recognize that at least some of the warfare going on is due to misunderstanding and ignorance, as opposed to ill will." Either we're all unreasonable or we're not. It can't be both. I also think he's wrong about this "Many cyclists seem unwilling to consider the possibility of flaw among their own, just as they seem unwilling to accept any driver as a potential ally." Cyclists constantly find flaw among their own - bring up sidewalk cycling sometime - and often talk about how most drivers are polite and Conscientious, but for a few bad apples. But in this case, he's asking us to accept that the cyclist faked a collision with the car, which the cyclist denies. The "innocent until proven guilty" rule as well as the "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" rule both work against Berner in this case. Anyway, he sounds generally interested in getting along and being safe, so I don't want to beat him up here, it's just not as "let's all put this behind us" as I'd like. I suspect more angry email is heading his way.
- So much for "One City."
Marshall Brown, a longtime D.C. campaign strategist whose son Kwame is the council chairman, worries that the shift in population will result in a racially polarized electorate. “The longtime white population, the people who got involved in statehood, civil rights and environmental causes, thought of this as a black city,” said Brown, who is black. “But the new white voters aren’t involved like that. They want doggie parks and bike lanes. The result is a lot of tension.
“The new people believe more in their dogs than they do in people. They go into their little cafes, go out and throw their snowballs. This is not the District I knew. There’s no relationship with the black community; they don’t connect at church, they don’t go to the same cafes, they don’t volunteer in the neighborhood school, and a lot of longtime black residents feel threatened.”
I thought bike lanes were a civil rights and environmental cause..