I'm sorry, but the White House Correspont Dinner is not "prom for nerds." Journalists are not nerds. Look at who plays them in movies: Robert Redford, Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson, etc... These are not nerds. Sure, there's Clark Kent, but he was really Superman. A journalist hanging out with the gang from Big Bang Theory would be really out of place. George Will is a nerd, but he never goes, because he'd rather go to baseball games because he's a nerd. All I can say is that prom for nerds probably takes place at ComicCon or something and it isn't on TV and Katy Perry doesn't go to it and the people that do go probably average a near perfect score on the math portion of the SAT.
- The Washington Post had a cover story on how the DC area biking boom is leading more adults to learn to bike. This is one of those stories, like bike polo or fixies, that get reported every few years but this is a pretty good version of it, with lots of good details.
- "Embarrassing seems to have become unbearable for many of the area’s non-biking adults; thousands of them are fueling a boom in adult learn-to-ride classes. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is holding 14 adult-only classes this spring and summer, including some courses that cost as little as $1o in the District, Alexandria and Arlington. The association may add more adult classes to meet the soaring demand, and other groups offer similar classes."
- "There will be no training wheels on these full-sized Treks, no instructors running beside, steadying their seats and shouting breathless encouragements before shoving them to their fates. Instead, the instructors just remove the pedals."
- "Krantz, a federal worker in Alexandria, came to a stop, planted his feet and recalled all the times in life he couldn’t do this, like the time he had to take a van back to the hotel by himself while his college buddies went for a ride in Costa Rica."
- "Mansell plans to sign up for Capital Bikeshare, which allows users to check out bicycles from stations around the region. Several students mentioned the wildly popular program (it passed 4 million rides earlier this week), as well as other spokes of the bicycle boom that has enveloped Washington in the past decade. "
- The Maryland State Highway Administration is now accepting applications for Recreational Trail program funding for the 2014 fiscal year.
- Word is, the new Secretary of Transportation will be former Charlotte, NC Mayor Anthony Foxx. "He was seen as having aspirations for higher office, but earlier this month, Foxx surprised much of his city when he announced he would not run for reelection. He said then that he wanted to spend more time with his wife and two young children." And after two weeks, he's done with that.
- Groupon has a deal for Bike and Roll.
- Biking to work helped one man retire at 30. [Of course, running a rental property, doing carpentry and real estate work isn't really "retired" IMO]