I saw Argo this week, it doesn't give anything away to tell you that there is a small bicycle element to the story. According to the Wired article the movie is based on, that is at least somewhat true.
- DDOT and MPD have a new safety campaign called "Toward Zero Deaths." The goal is admirable, but the bike and ped section is a little thin on substance. And one of the items "The fine for drivers who fail to stop and give right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks is $250 and 3 points" is already out of date. Starting yesterday, that fine dropped to $75. I'm actually OK with dropping fines where enforcement goes up - for example, when more speed cameras are installed - because, if the criminal cost of speeding=risk of getting caught*the cost of getting caught, then the cost of speeding probably goes up nonetheless. But this I don't understand.
- New ART bridge should open this Spring.
- The Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental Services is having a meeting to discuss a redesign of the intersection of Seminary Road and North Quaker Lane. More here.
- A driver has been charged with failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian within a crosswalk in Loudoun County after the driver hit a 10-year-old on a bike.
- The comments on this GGW April Fool's post about mandatory motoring helmets are pretty great since several people don't seem to get it. But one person notes that driving with a helmet might actually be illegal.
- "The organizers of the TD Five Boro Bike Tour filed a lawsuit Monday against New York City after being told to reimburse police for more than $900,000 in traffic-control costs that will be incurred along the 40-mile route."
- The war on historic cobblestone roads. "The Transportation Department has pledged to save as many of the old cobblestones as possible. Some have been retained, but turned 90 degrees to create makeshift bike lanes, pointing in the direction of traffic flow — a visually striking intervention that the city “just made up,” Ms. Gallo mused, to promote cycling."
- US DOT Bike Safety Summits will be in Minneapolis and Tampa.
- Saudi women can now ride a bike in public, but they must be accompanied by a male relative and dressed in the full Islamic head-to-toe abaya.