Weird hours again. Last night I was out for a run and just as I went past the Eastern Market Metro somebody started yelling out from inside the station and I realized they were yelling "That guy just robbed me!" and I looked over and on the other side of the bus stop was a guy running in the same direction I was - and he was not dressed for running. So I followed him, but he was much more willing to run across Penn Ave into oncoming traffic than I was. I called out to people, but I was hesitant because I wasn't actually sure this guy was the thief. I think if I'd sprinted I could have caught him, but was I going to tackle him on such flimsy evidence (and risk getting my ass kicked?) Of course, it was the first time I chose not to run with my phone, so I couldn't get a photo or call 911. He ducked down a gap between two houses on D and climbed an 8 foot high brick wall, and so I gave up pursuit. Still, it was all very exciting. Turns out, that a woman had her purse snatched, but I don't think the police caught the guy.
- WABA does not hate clueless Bikeshare riders. Alex Baca calls the Examiner story boring and suggests better story ideas than "this group hates that group." In the week before the Texas-OU game there is always an effort to have groups from the schools team up to do charity work - to make up for the fist-fights that will inevitably break out on Commerce Street. Perhaps AAA and WABA need to do a river clean-up together or something.
- Bike thieves arrested at Georgetown U. "DPS apprehended and arrested two males who were in the process of trying to use bolt cutters on a bike that was secured in a bike rack. This case is being handled by MPD."
- Arlington County is conducting it's bike and ped count and needs volunteers.
- The Crystal City Diamond Derby will take place on Saturday, September 29 from 4:00-10:00 pm. The venue is the underground parking garage at 2345 Crystal Drive, which will be transformed into an urban cycling course.
- Most e-bikes users in Maryland will now be required to title and insure their vehicles with the Motor Vehicle Administration. Drivers also must wear helmets and eye protection. "Reyes said he wouldn’t know how the MVA would title an e-bike, as they generally are not assigned vehicle identification numbers....Although VINs are the primary number MVA uses to title vehicles, any moped or scooter without a VIN will be assigned a number by the MVA so that it, too, can be tracked, Young said."
- A development along Oxon Hill Road may result in the road being widened to 4 lanes with bike lanes. People who live along the road oppose it. Maybe just widen it to include bike lanes?
- A very dramatic car crash in Brooklyn luckily resulted in only minor injuries "Authorities say the 49-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle in Brooklyn Wednesday morning. She crashed through a wooden partition blocking the construction site after striking a bicyclist and three parked vehicles. The SUV flipped and came to rest on its roof at the construction site about 50 feet below. "