- The executive director and development director of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, will visit Washington, DC on July 7, as part of a six-day, five-stop tour to enlist new state leagues. The current development aim for NICA is to establish mountain biking as a high school sport coast to coast by 2020, and the purpose of this east coast tour is to gain foundational support in the region. The meeting will be 7pm at The Saloon at 1205 U Street NW.
- RAAM will wrap up it's 2011 race tomorrow in Annapolis. It's not very competitive on the Women's side.
- Parking your bike to a tree is often illegal (if it is below 10 inches in diameter) and is always bad for the tree. "Locking a bike to a tree can stunt a tree’s growth and even kill it. If you can’t find a rack, please contact the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center by dialing 311 to request one. If you are a business located in the District and would like one, please contact goDCgo at 202.299.2186."
- GGW has coverage of Arlington's Columbia Pike Bike Boulevard meeting. Rather than make Columbia Pike more bike friendly the goal is to make 9th and 12th as appealing alternatives. Back When Mrs. Washcycle was just Girlfriend of Washcycle, I used to bike to and from her apartment out that way a lot. I started out trying to use 12th but at rush hour, I couldn't cross Walter Reed becasue there was never a big enough gap in both directions - so I biked the Pike. This new design hopes to fix that. It include adding sharrows, crosswalks, HAWK crossing signals, raised medians, curb extensions, and widened medians (including one 12th and Walter Reed). They also plan to widen the trail in Doctors Run Park, remove some stop signs for better bike flow and change some roads from one-way to two-way. Some people oppose it and others feel like this is being rushed through (it isn't).
- If you use the 11th Street Bridge regularly, be prepared for off-peak closures of the bike lane on 11th between now and September 1.
- A new study from Australia shows that head injuries for cyclists dropped by 29% compared to other body injuries after their mandatory helmet law went into effect. A competing researcher doubts that, but thinks they may reduce head injuries by about 15%. That actually is a number I can believe. Much better than the 87% that is often quoted in the media (from a 1998 study). "He conceded there was probably a drop of about 15 per cent in head injuries from helmet laws but said that benefit was outweighed by the general disincentive to cycling of compulsory helmet laws" Here's a link to the paper in case you have $42 you'd like to spend to read it. I like how this article shows a photo of someone on a motorcycle. My biggest questions are what kinds of head injuries went down (skull fractures, concussions, cuts, bruises) and are the people who stayed away post-helmet law more likely to injure their heads? If kids quit biking in larger numbers than adults, as the article implied, do they have a higher head to arm injury ratio than adults? I think that could be a Simpsons paradox situation, right?
- Cyclists are happy to see a stoplight coming to the Trolley Park Trail crossing. "The red light, which is currently under construction, is expected to be functional at the crossing this summer, said Prince George’s County Councilman Eric Olson (D-Dist. 3) of College Park. The red light will replace a flashing yellow light, which walkers, bikers and runners push to cross the street."