Good morning, if you haven't done so, now is a good time to sign up for Bike to Work Day.
- Police have identified the cyclist who died on Sunday as Fitzgerald Pollard, 44, of Arlington. They're still looking for witnesses.
- Froggie has photos - such as the one above - of the MVT bridge under repair.
- Plans for the bicycle boulevard that will run parallel to the Columbia Pike were presented at the Columbia Pike Implementation meeting. "The bicycle boulevards will consist primarily of on-street routes, with some new sections of street and trails to link together existing gaps. Key features of the selected boulevards are low volume and low speed (15-25 mph), logical, direct and continuous routes, clear signage and street markings, convenient access to desired locations, minimal bicyclist delay, comfortable and safe crossings for bicyclist and pedestrians." Some of the commenters complained about converting "quiet neighborhood streets" for bike use "My street was never intended to be a bicycle trail / bicycle exercise area / bicycle competition course." Neither was my basement shower, but it turned out awesome.
- A letter to the editor of the Gazette complains about the lack of public input on the Purple Line/CCT. "The county has given up citizen-based decision-making. While citizens go about the business of living and working, planners listen to the vocal special interests. In the case of the Purple Line and the Capital Crescent Trail, primary input has come from developers, trolley enthusiasts and cyclists."
- 9 cities in PG County will get money to build green streets. "About $200,000 will be spread among projects in University Park, Mount Rainier, Hyattsville, College Park, Bladensburg, Edmonston, Colmar Manor, Cottage City and Capitol Heights...The grants will go to design and planning work for environmentally sound infrastructure projects, such as streets that reduce polluted storm runoff using rain gardens and permeable pavement, that encourage pedestrian and bicycle use." And in other good news, the county got an $897,000 Safe Routes to School grant.
- The Ayr Hill Garden Club, which built a garden along the W&OD Trail in Vienna, turns 30 years old. "In 2003, the club adopted about 4,000 more square feet of space where Whole Foods Market had tried to make a butterfly garden. Thanks to a plan formulated by Kitcher, the club was able to take care of this extra land by securing a one-time $1,200 payment and $400 annual maintenance stipend from the Friends of the W&OD Trail."
- Another video: