I don't think I've even watched one pitch of the World Series yet. Is Philadelphia winning?
- The BicycleSpace hosts a Halloween mystery ride, with prizes for whoever solves the mystery - this Thursday. Also, there may be cupcakes.
- Proteus Bicycles is hosting a Cargo Fun Ride on Sunday. "The goal is for customers and friends to experience errand/shopping riding with other riders on a low-traffic time of the week (Sunday morning). Some of us might do mock shopping or pick up gag packages at each stop — I'll probably have a backpack full of groceries by the time we're done! We'll visit several stores in north College Park (the area north of 193 and east of Route 1), and in Greenbelt." What a great idea and a good way to introduce people to utility cycling.
- Despite the reprieve, Transportation Enhancements are again under attack by Republicans in Congress.
- “When you have 69,000 bridges in the country that are at risk and we’re saying ‘Don’t fix this bridge but build this museum,’ it tells you Congress has lost its priorities,” said Tom Coburn (R-OK). No one is told to build a museum. That is one option which only 9 states chose last year.
- TE money - the Post points out - has been used to build a "bike and pedestrian bridge over Veirs Mill Road at Aspen Hill Road; restoring locks and the adjacent towpath of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal; ... transforming an abandoned rail line into the Capital Crescent Trail; and building bridges to carry the Bethesda Trolley Trail over I-270 and I-495." Without TE money we wouldn't have the Capital Crescent Trail - and Coburn wants to kill the program.
- "Advocates for the funding mandate say they will fight to preserve it, but they may already have lost the battle. House Transportation Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-Fla.) said it won’t be included in the long-term funding bill he expects to produce this fall. And Coburn said he has received assurances on the Senate side that the spending will be made optional rather than mandatory." To make it optional, and let states use it for other items, is to kill it. How about we raise the gas tax to fix the roads. Killing TE is not going to raise enough to cover all the maintenance needs anyway.
- “They put landscaping in the category of frivolous spending. But wildflowers along the highway contribute to erosion control, and if you ask the states, they’ll tell you it saves them a whole lot of money on mowing.”
- Here's City Paper and TBD on the Park Service open house on Saturday. DePillis got a photo of the map that shows just how much of the District is park land (it's about 15.2%, if I didn't screw up the math. It's even more if you take out the water) which I failed to do.
- Work begins soon (A little later than previously reported) on the parking lot along the east side of the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda. Eventually the project will create a small trail connection to Woodmont Avenue. In the meantime, "workers will move the trail entrance slightly to the east temporarily and build a shielded walkway for runners and cyclists near the large construction site. The trail will remain open throughout the nearly three years of construction, the developer said."