Happy Christmas Eve
- Motgomery County has formally applied for state money for bikesharing. "[The $1 million dollar grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation] would pay for 29 stations with 204 bikes situated between the Beltway and the Maryland-D.C. border. Stations would be located in Bethesda, Silver Spring, the Medical Center area, Friendship Heights/Chevy Chase and Takoma Park.... The state grants are expected to be announced early next year, according to the county."
- BeyondDC asks why we need another bike lane study before putting the cycletracks in on L & M. That's an excellent question, what is it they're hoping to learn?
- The official numbers for Capital Bikeshare are out for November. Ridership was lower than reported in their newsletter - with only 99,552 trips taken. That's down 19% from October but a little more than double last year. The addition of new bikes is starting to show up with available bikes increasing by about 70. TPBPD is down to 3.5 from it's summer peak of 5. The upside is that dockblocking is down again too. The reason for the drop in ridership, more than weather, is like the loss of tourists. The were only 5,781 24-hour memberships bought in November compared to 13,000+ in July.
- New WABA Board President Mark Blacknell introduces himself.
- Connecting the ICC Trail to the Shady Grove Metro will take at least 5 years.
- "A careful cost-benefit analysis of Ciclovia-style events in four different countries found that the health benefits of these type of events far exceed the costs."