Keeping it brief
- Bixi replies to all the stories about its bankruptcy scare. "IXI experienced a liquidity problem which was the direct result of a five-month wait for the approval by the Municipal Affairs Minister of its agreement with the City of Montreal. BIXI is a company which experienced rapid growth and realized, after only 2 years, volumes of some $50 million. BIXI also posted results that were 40% greater than the projected budget, thanks in large part to the successful expansion of its system internationally. BIXI does not have a profitability problem nor is BIXI a financial disaster in any way." If you follow the link, you may need to click where it says English on top. Or you may need to read French well.
- Bike to Work day is very near 10,000 registrants I hear. CaBi will be operation bike corrals near Freedom Plaza and Rosslyn. Dr Gridlock calls for safety. And Ashley Halsey III adds an article on it - but with not that much advice, beyond obey the law and look out. Also, DDOT will handing out a new bike map.
- June 1, meeting about bicyle boulevards on 9th and 12th in Arlington.
- Climate Riders arrive in DC.
- Gray chooses Terry Bellamy as new DDOT director. "We will continue to expand our bicycle infrastructure and our trail network; continue to expand our wildly successful Capital Bikeshare system" Dr Gridlock: "Many of the initiatives that Klein launched are in fact mainstream policy in U.S. urban centers. They linger here because they make sense for cities."
- Some in Bethesda want their own bike-sharing system. "The traffic congestion along Wisconsin Avenue and limited parking in the downtown district makes driving a frustrating option, Dabney said, but he dreams of easy, above-ground transportation — a bike share program, similar to the one in Washington, D.C., which allows riders to pick up a bike at one rack and return it at another across town."
- New bike signal on the Custis Trail
- TBD's "Hipster Cyclist Contest." Is the term hipster dead yet? I hope it doesn't linger like "bling".