At the pool tonight there was an adult "learn to swim" class going on. Which got me thinking of the Times transportation reporter who was learning to bike. Brett Stewart - or someone like him - should find someone who doesn't know how to swim or bike (statistically, such people must exist, right?) and get them from there to the point where they can finish a sprint triathlon. It would make for a good story.
- The St. Elizabeths East Bike Carnival is on August 25th.
- DC is among the least fat "states" in the USA where only slightly less than 1 in 4 residents are obese. Colorado is tops at 20.7%. "Partnerships with initiatives like Capital Bikeshare and the D.C. Healthy Corner Store Program, which promotes access to fresh produce and low-fat foods in needy neighborhoods, also play a role in the [Washington, DC's] efforts [to promote healthy living]."
- Montgomery County is worried that adding bike sharing risks increased crashing - because that is what has happened nowhere that similar programs have started. Still, it's hard to argue with the efforts that are planned. "as the county nears its program launch, Leggett said it will look at education and safety initiatives for cyclists, as well as motorist and pedestrians, to help mitigate safety concerns. He also said the county will look at where it can “engineer” the roads with features such as bike lanes to aid in safety....Montgomery County looks to place about 50 bikeshare stations along both legs of Metro’s Red Line starting around Silver Spring, Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase, Forest Glen, Takoma Park and Bethesda as the first two phases of the project, Esther Bowring, a county spokeswoman, said in an email. The first stations are expected to open in spring of 2013...Silver Spring, Bethesda, Forest Glen, Wheaton-Glenmont and Germantown were identified by police as the county’s “high-incident areas,” with nine crashes reported in Silver Spring, eight in Bethesda and six in Forest Glen, five in Germantown and four in Wheaton, according to the data."