- Capital Bikeshare users aren't wearing helmets. There are no numbers on what percentage do and don't, but Tom Sherwood thinks most or even a "vast majority" do not. I'm not sure that's accurate. Or that it is particularly a problem, as he notes "since Capital Bikeshare launched in the fall, about 800,000 individual rides have been recorded with only 13 accidents" with no word on how many of them involve a head injury that would be mitigated by a helmet. Still, some people think it's a problem. He reports that DDOT is going to try to get out 500 helmets to users, something first reported last week. You can see the video below the fold.
- Speaking of Tom Sherwood, when he was on Kojo's show, Kojo felt the new to address criticism from cyclists. "As for the suggestion that I would seriously advocate that motorists hit bicycle riders, well, maybe you've missed every show we did with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, encouraging bicycle riding and the fact that we've never done a show encouraging more driving." Personally I thought his earlier comments were harmless ribbing of Sherwood.
- Metro locker rentals have dropped by about a third since the price increase in 2010. Revenue us up $46,000, far short of the $200,000 predicted. In fact the total revenue is still far short of that number at $103,800. So they have $46,000 more, but with potentially 300 fewer customers.
- The Greyhound depot is going to be razed and redeveloped after buses move to Union Station. As the terminal is across the street from the Met Branch Trail, it would be great if the trail could be extended over L street and then down, gradually, to K. It would be a nice thing to push for if they seek rezoning.
- DC's Living Social has a bike rack inside the office.
- New pedicabs rules have gone into effect as of Aug 1. They'll be in effect for up to 120 days. Please send me comments on these rules if you have a strong opinion. The rules have been tweaked since last posted, but I'm not sure how. And if that isn't enough, NPS is drafting it's own rules that will “probably” be based on the city’s, but not necessarily. "we are not bound and compelled by it. Safety always has been, always will be and must remain forever the No. 1 concern. Someone, frankly, could get killed.” In that case, they should issue new rules for trucks. As to when NPS will be done “When we’re ready, we’ll let you know,” he said. “It’s much more important for the Park Service to get it right than hurry through something and get it wrong.” Glad that both DC and NPS had hearings on this - oh wait...NPS really just needs one rule "No pedicabs near the Mall."
- The Examiner fails to report that most trail users support the Purple line, and instead reported that "Trail users and environmentalists have cried out over the paving and massive tree-cutting a light rail line would bring."
- A profile of the Reston Bike Club.
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