Happy New Year (belated).
- If you have access to Politico Pro you can read an article about bikesharing in DC and elsewhere. If not, then like me, you can only read the teaser. "It’s a burgeoning option in D.C. and many other U.S. cities — bike-sharing kiosks that allow visitors and residents to rent a bicycle for a few hours at a minimal cost. Most bike share programs have plans for expansion, and the new year should be a big one for cities looking to implement their first system. In 2013, bike share will roll into Portland, Ore.; Chicago; the San Francisco Bay area; Columbus, Ohio; and its biggest market yet: New York City."
- 9-11 Memorial Trails will converge in DC area. "Locally, the national trail would start at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and going northwest, connect with the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Trail which follows the Potomac River from Georgetown in Washington, DC, through Maryland and West Virginia to Cumberland, Md., a distance of 184 miles...The leg between New York City and the Pentagon would follow the East Coast Greenway" Creating the trails will involve closing a gap "from the Pentagon Memorial to the Mount Vernon Trail in the area of the Pentagon. They are working with Arlington County, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the U.S. Department of Defense to designate a route on Arlington streets."
- Arlignton County plans to initiate a new bike and pedestrian safety campaign, create more bike lanes, add more bicycle and pedestrian way-finding signs; make safety improvements and break ground on a new section of the Washington Boulevard bike trail this year.
- "Unlike the Columbia Pike streetcars, which will share a traffic lane with cars, buses, trucks, bicyclists and others, the Crystal City project has separate dedicated lanes. "
- This article claims to be about the Maryland legislature, but it's actually about Montgomery County. "Later in the month, the council will examine a plan to bring a bike sharing program and supplemental funding to Montgomery County. The bike sharing program would be similar to D.C.'s bike sharing system."