Good Morning and congratulations to one of our frequent commenter who had a baby yesterday (or at least his wife did). You know who you are.
- Bike thefts are down at metro stations from last year. There were 95 bikes stolen last year from April to June, and 72 this year (a 24% drop if I'm reading it right). Meanwhile, Metro is rounding up abandoned bikes at its stations and destroying them. Before anyone starts crying, it sounds like it has only happened a dozen times, and only when the bike is pretty picked over. "Police mark the left-behind bikes with bright orange stickers warning the owner. If the bike has not been removed within 10 days, Stessel said, police call maintenance crews to remove the bike. Then, Taborn said, if the agency has no way to contact the owner, officials destroy the bikes." A Metro board member asked them to consider donating them to local groups that refurbish bikes. "The transit agency is considering adding more video cameras in areas where bikes are parked and looking at where it places bike racks, Taborn said. It is also talking to D.C. officials because the city has very few thefts from its public bike racks."
- DDOT is also having a bike rack installation event- the Rack Attack - in the Ballpark district. They're installing 36 bike racks in the SE neighborhood at 3rd and K SE starting at 10am. DC's installed 2000 bike parking spaces in the public space. In a related story, the new GWU School of Public Health and Health Services’ academic building will include 81 bicycle parking spaces (81? That's an unusual number, no?)
- In testing on the name for Capital Bikeshare "people liked the one with 'share' in the title. Holben also says that names like WeBike tested better than names like UBike: 'Most people seemed to like the more inclusive name.'”
- DDOT seeks input on the R Street cycletrack.
- Courtalnd Milloy says "Tell these folks that if they want more Bike Share they could at least learn how to ride the damn bike, stop weaving in and out of traffic. Car bumpers are harder than their butts if not their helmetless heads. Hey, I just want them to live to see another birthday." I think the average bike share rider knows more about riding their bike than the average DC driver does about driving their car.
- It's been one year since Natasha Pettigrew was killed in a traffic crash. "Without an eyewitness to the crash, it's not clear that a charge of manslaughter by motor vehicle could be filed--there are laws against leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and failing to render aid in an accident resulting in death."
- A post article on fighting noncommunicable diseases like heart disease and diabetes discusses the larger role government has in the effort. "Prevention of infectious and noncommunicable diseases both require two kinds of interventions. The first target individuals and are usually delivered by doctors and nurses. The second target populations and are delivered by government, or the things that government can influence." It sounds like making it easier to bike and walk falls under the second type.
- Streetsblog covers the new ACS commuting data. They include a graph showing Population density vs. Commute rate (spoiler: they appear to be related). If I had the time, I'd compare the bike commute rate to the college-student-population percentage. I predict they're related.
- Rails to Trails release a report on different types of bike facilities.