Recovering the lost links from this morning, when I wished everyone a happy bike to school day [We did not participate because it's faster to walk the 1.5 blocks to day care, but we were with you in spirit].
- AAA-MidAtlantic put out a report on Friday noting that at least 9 cyclists have been killed in the last 12 months in the DC and Maryland area and asking cyclists and drivers to be more careful. I can speak to all of these crashes, but of the 5 that are in my coverage area, there are at least two errors.
- "On June 28, 2011, a 14-year-old girl was killed when the bicycle she was riding struck a pedestrian in the 1800 block of Bryant Street, in Northeast Washington, D.C. The girl was not wearing a safety helmet, according to the Metropolitan Police Department." The victim was not a 14 year old girl but a man in his 30's who hit a 14 year old girl. Not sure how they know anything about his helmet status (it wasn't reported).
- "In September, a 24-year-old Bowie woman was killed when her bicycle reportedly drifted into a travel lane on Crain Highway in Bowie, according to the Maryland State Police." Nope, "Cpl. James Brazill, a spokesman for the Maryland State Police College Park Barrack, said a 2011 Chevy Malibu traveling southbound on U.S. 301/MD Route 3 near Sylvan Drive at about 9:20 p.m. left the righthand lane of the road and struck Danielle Marie Cooper of Bowie, who was riding her bike in the road shoulder."
- And one of the fatalities was a freak accident where a cyclist got hit by a falling branch on the C&O trail.
- DC CouncilmemberTommy Wells is interviewed about Smart Growth and "five minute living"*
- DC's chances at hosting the Giro went down the tubes with Fenty's Mayoralty.
- This is going to shock you, but someone on Craigslist was selling stolen bikes. And someone was able to recover their bike from the thief. The victim asked the police to send a plainclothes officer to join them, but none was available. Still, I think a regular police officer would have been helpful.
- Yeah...so this is late.
- Not as good as a space shuttle on top of a plane, but far better than a dog on top of a car.
- More on Citibike which is also sponsored by Mastercard.
Fellas, that's five-minute living, not five-minute loving.