- Washingtonian asks "How truly bike-friendly is DC?" Which is sort of a tough question to answer. Less than Portland they say, but more than most other cities in the US. Which sounds about right. It could be better, but it could be worse. The UK transportation department once esitmated that if everything possible were done (short of banning the car) that bicycle mode share would saturate at 40%. Copenhagen is at 36%. If that becomes the scale - 0-40% - then let's say above 20% is an A, 10-20% is a B, 5-10% is a C, 2.5-5% is a D and below 2.5% is an F. DC is at 2%, so the answer is "not very," just like almost every other city in the world.
- It looks like there will be a new transportation bill, but it won't be very good for cyclists. The money for bike/ped projects will now be inlcuded under “Additional Activities," which will get less money that Transportation Enhancements. TE was only one program that provided money to cycling in the old law, along with CMAQ and Safe Routes to Schools - both of which are also rolled into AA, so it's even more of a reduction than it looks like. Furthermore, some road projects will qualify fot the AA money, so it won't even all go to biking and walking. And finally the money will be split 50-50 between states and cities and states will be able to "opt-out" and spend that money on roads it they want (dont tell anyone, but they want). So all in all, it will be a massive reduction in the amount of money given to cycling.
- The town of Vienna, VA will sponsor a Summer Safety Campaign. 'Bicycle Advisory Committee Co-Chair Cris Janoski said, "We're seeing more and more people use the trail. Thus, there's this quote-on-quote 'overcrowding',' I think safety education is a good idea, but what is clearly needed is more trails to reduce overcrowding. Perhaps Congress will provide more funding.