- The TIGER program, which is funding the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail extension, is getting some criticism for a lack of transparency in choosing grant recipients. And a lack of transparency always creates an opportunity to accuse people of making political decisions instead of policy ones. "The transportation secretary must sign off on the grants, but the final decisions get little public scrutiny. And the criteria, which include a cost-benefit analysis, delve into the less quantifiable aspects of livability and sustainability....DOT created detailed cost-benefit studies and evaluated aspects like project readiness, public usefulness and economic competitiveness. The awards were billed as earned rights — no earmarks, no state-funded formulas." A grant program is in the new transportation bill, but it's different from TIGER "The new transportation law authorizes another grant program, but it’s geared toward large projects and makes funding available only to state transportation departments and a handful of other entities"
- Spinlister, a site that lets other people rent your bicycle, could expand to DC at some point.
- Just as happened in Denver and Minneapolis/St. Paul four years ago, Charlotte is rolling out a bike sharing system prior to the Democratic National Convention. Tampa probably won't follow suit. "First lady Michelle Obama’s press office did not respond to questions regarding whether she will be taking part in Charlotte’s new, healthy, sustainable mode of transportation during the convention"
- The bus driver in the fatal London Olympic bus crash was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Bradley Wiggins, when asked about it, called for mandatory bike helmet laws.