Good Morning, and happy Bike to Work Week. How was BikeDC? I rode past it on the way to Mother's Day Brunch.
- David Alpert and Dr. Gridlock have an excellent piece on what cyclists and drivers need to know to better understand each other.
- Ward 5 DC Council candidates respond to the question "Do you support continued taxpayer investment to expand the number of Capital Bikeshare stations?" ---- "Hunter said yes. McDuffie and Hubbard said only after other spending priorities, such as affordable housing, are met. Wilds said no because he worries that stations are “cluttering up sidewalks.” Day said he would not support additional funding until a broader transportation vision for the District was in place. “Adding bike share stations to certain parts of Ward 5 is a moot point because they are mostly seniors and not going to ride them,” Day said"
- Metro Connection on walking and biking to school in the DC area. "Anderson says getting more kids on bicycles or walking is not as simple as he'd like. Parents are concerned about traffic congestion, and some just want to talk with their kids in the car for those precious few minutes before the busyness of the day takes over."
- Arlington County wants to help businesses get recognized as bike friendly.
- The Alexandria City Council approved the Beauregard Small Area Plan which includes 6 miles of bike lanes and trails.
- The House voted to eliminate the American Community Survey - which is where the bike commuting data (as limited as it is) comes from. "Republicans, acknowledging its usefulness, attacked the survey as an unconstitutional invasion of privacy, arguing that the government has no business knowing how many flush toilets someone has, for instance....It is unlikely that the Senate would pass such a measure, but it also could be attached to other legislation, as the House GOP has managed before with measures the Senate does not like."
- "Among Victorian men, high-wheel bicycles were notoriously prone to throwing riders into potentially lethal “headers,” yet it took decades for safer alternatives to replace them in the 1890s. The Dutch sociologist Wiebe Bijker has argued that for well-off young men—pennyfarthings weren’t cheap—the hazard was less a bug than a macho feature."