- There are quite a few stories about how drivers are parking or driving in the not-yet-completed L Street Bike lane. I kind of think this is much ado about nothing at this point. And look, I'm no defender of drivers in bike lanes, but (1) they aren't finished yet, (2) in some cases the signs haven't been changed yet (3) even when finished, there will be some lag time between that point and when drivers are fully informed about them. I think we all knew that there would be drivers in the bike lane for some time after the construction starts. But once the safe-hit flex posts are installed, I suspect you'll see less of this, until then it feels a little like fishing for a story. Once it's finished there should be a period of light enforcement (warnings and such) and then some ticket writing, but until then, some patience is probably needed. Here's more about the cycletrack that recognizes the temporaryness of this problem.
- Challengers for District Council At-Large seats were asked for several positions on issues - including mandatory helmet laws. "Cooper, Swain and Wilcox support a law. Beatty opposes, calling it a “freedom issue.” Grosso would “have to think about it more” before deciding."
- Broadneck Pennisula Trail moves forward.
- The Pucher/Buehler book on City Cycling is now out.
- Banning texting while driving might actually cause accidents as drivers contort themselves to hide their texting. "The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that 3 of every 4 states that have enacted a ban on texting while driving have seen crashes actually go up rather than down."