- Harry Jaffe compares the police/prosecutorial response to hit-and-run incidents in which cyclists were injured in Loudoun County, VA and Washington, DC. [DC does not come off looking very bike friendly].
- On Sunday, March 3, John Washington was riding his bicycle on Ashburn Village Boulevard. Washington, 56, is an experienced cyclist from Leesburg. According to Virginia state police, Shayne Miller-Westerfield struck Washington on his bike, then drove off. Police found Miller-Westerfield at his job. Police arrested the driver. Commonwealth Attorney Jim Plowman charged him with one count of felony hit-and-run and one count of misdemeanor reckless driving. Miller-Westerfield is out on $10,000 bond. He’s not permitted to leave Virginia. A preliminary hearing is set for May 3. If Miller-Westerfield, 22, is found guilty, he could serve between one and ten years. He could also have to pay a $2,500 fine.
- Meanwhile, it took MPD months to track down John Diehl who then got off with a few classes, even though his offense was worse. With Diehl there is very strong reason to believe it was intentional. Hit-and-run alone should lose you your license.
- Farthing and WABA have pushed an anti-assault bill that is about to become law. It would provide funding for lawyers so that downed cyclists could sue drivers for damages in civil court. The Access to Justice for Bicyclists Act of 2012 passed the council and is waiting for congressional review. It should become law on April 17.
- GGW wishlist of transportation projects. Could use more bikes.
- ABC7 Coverage of the Custis Trail mugging