- A study aimed at improving the Long Bridge - the railroad bridge between DC and Arlington - could be finished later this year. "The long-range vision includes “multi-modal capacity improvements,” with an eye toward “high-speed and intercity passenger rail, commuter rail” and freight traffic, according to the study. Mass transit, pedestrian and bicycle needs also are being considered."
- I love that the headline of this story is not that "Of the 44,017 worldwide participants in the Strava Cycling Base Mile Blast, which challenges athletes to ride as many miles as they can during the month of January, [local resident Ben] Jacoby currently sits in eighth place" but rather that he chose to get a bike when he could've gotten a car. Because that's far more unusual.
- Despite bad luck in recent sessions, three bills that aim to make driving that endangers cyclists and others illegal in Virginia are moving forward. The bill that would make following a cyclist too closely illegal was backed by the House Transportation Committee on a 20-1 vote.
- The town of Ridgely, MD will use SHA trail grants to improve it's short section of rail-trail called the Ridgely Rail Trail. This could someday become a stop on a railtrail between Easton, MD and Clayton DE.
- And Herndon, VA uses it's bike trails to sell the city "District-based Trialogue Studio redesigned the city’s logo and created a marketing campaign that highlights the town’s weekly concerts, small boutiques and accessible bike trails."
- Coverage of the Inauguration alleycat.
- I think I mentioned this before, but a GGW story on Metro power outlets and power supply after a storm. I wonder if they could add an outlet or USB power port to CaBi stations. Power generated by the solar panel could first go to running the station and then charging the battery. But the excess power (and there must be excess since it works even in the depth of winter) could be shunted to the outlet. Most of the time it would just be a small public service, but in a catastrophe it could be huge. In addition, since all the power given away would be clean, they might be able to track how much they give away and sell carbon credits for it.
- When you look at the chart on the causes of road rage, several of them, including #1, could be attributed to cyclists. Missing from the list - ignoring TCDs. It makes me less likely to believe that getting everyone to stop at stop signs will end the occasional hostile behavior of drivers. Also, I wonder if drivers think of passing on the right as cutting, but moving to the front in a bike lane as not cutting. If so, chalk that up as another benefit of bike lanes.
- Bike commuter groups in the New York City area have seen numbers surge in the last few years, and better facilities and bike-friendly laws are part of the reason. “Bicycling in from New Jersey and other suburbs took off after the city passed a law requiring landlords to accommodate bikes in buildings,”