I was thinking about CaBi station solar panels. They must be massively overdesigned for the summer since they can easily operate all winter, which means they're making more power than they're using. I was trying to think of how one would use that power. The only think I could think of was a USB port that would let people recharge they're electronic devices.
- goDCgo is offering hotels a Hotel Services package. "Through the bulk membership program, hotels can receive a discount ranging from 10 to 50 percent off the normally $7 cost of a 24-hour membership to Capital Bikeshare. Along with any bulk purchase, hotels will also receive free bike helmets, DC bike maps and brochures promoting the program."
- Gallaudet University now has a CaBi station.
- WABA's bike prom is back.
- The Maryland SHA wants to widen a sidewalk along Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase. "The 8-foot-wide sidewalk on Wisconsin Avenue between Grafton Street and Bradley Lane would accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists and disabled users, said David Buck, a spokesman for SHA." But it would require the removal of 53 trees unless the Chevy Chase Club agrees to provide land for the purpose. I'm dubious on the usefulness of this sidewalk to cyclists, but I support good pedestrian facilities. While I'm sympathetic to the loss of trees, I think Sarah Morse, co-president of the Little Falls Watershed Alliance is forgetting that sidewalk use isn't always optional. ‘Who is going to want to walk on that sidewalk if there isn’t any shade?’” she asks. I don't know, perhaps someone without a car? I hope they find a good compromise.
- The definitive guide to biking to the many DC area free outdoor movies.
- A study published in the magazine of the Transportation Research Board shows that people who bike spend less per trip at businesses, but make more trips for more total spending. "People who drive to these establishments spend more per visit; but bike riders visit more often and therefore spend more overall"