Good Morning - there's going to be a ribbon cutting on the new Anacostia River Trail in Maryland with, it appears, Gov. O'Malley, Secretary LaHood and Secretary Salazar today at 10am.
- The family of the cyclist shot and killed in DC last year is suing the District for $20M in a wrongful death suit. "The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court in D.C., alleges that the accused shooter was a juvenile criminal offender who was in the custody of the city's Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services at the time of the shooting."
- More Capital Bikeshare station expansions are planned for today. But it's a secret as to which ones, which means it must be the White House one.
- The DC Tweed Ride is scheduled for Nov 13th.
- If you ride the NW Branch Trail and you've been wondering why there is a detour off Rhode Island Ave in Hyattsville, it's because of work on the park itself - including a skate park. The trail should reopen this month and when it does it will be wider, it will stay on the east side of the other park features instead of zigzagging through them and there will be new bike parking.
- The WB&A and South Shore trails in AA County might move forward soon. As Jim pointed out in his post at GGW, one thing to focus on now is making sure that the ROW on the Two Rivers property is left untouched. If it's built on, that can probably never be undone.
- This is driving me crazy. I know I've had brilliant ideas for bicycle research proposals that I've shared here, but now that the FHWA is actually asking for ideas I can't think of any. And I'm pretty sure the best idea wins pie. Anyway if you want pie that may or may not exist, and have a good research idea you can submit it here.
- Readers want to know: Where can one buy a bakfiet?
And I have to separate this out. In an article on the proposal to lower the speed limit to 15mph on some residential streets, AAA Mid-Atlantic's John Townsend said
I don't know if it's humanly possible to drive 15 miles per hour. I've tried it. You almost have to tap your brakes repeatedly. To have a blanket speed limit like that would almost make traffic worse in the District of Columbia and may lead to more road rage.
I do know of one road in DC where the speed limit is 15mph - the illegal route to the Barney Circle underpass and based on the drivers I see using it illegally he may be right. No one seems to be able to drive that slow, or keep themselves from using a road that is for authorized vehicles only.
And if it would "almost" make traffic worse, then it wouldn't make traffic worse.