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" It would be a shame to see bad labor practices pollute the growth of such a socially and environmentally important industry."

The link below can be used to sign a petition to get fair wages for the
workers at Capitol Bike share

http://www.coworker.org/petitions/play-fair-bikeshare-backpay-benefits-for-alta-capital-bikeshare-workers-in-dc

@washcycle, I got a very different take from the ending quote on the Portland study.

"Is it possible that, much like more bikes on a street seem to make it safer for everyone, more bikes at an intersection tend to make everyone more law-abiding?

That's one theory from Peter Koonce, the City of Portland's top expert on stoplights. And that's why he suspects Portland red light compliance is so high.

"You have to have a little bit of gall to pass the crowd and blow the red light when there's six or seven or eight other people there," Koonce said."

More info on Cabi

http://bikeworkers.tumblr.com

@Wash: re the OR study, someone commented that the fact that the infrastructure was better and they felt safe made it easier to follow the law. I can completely understand that.

Re Rock Creek:
Apparently the money has been there for 10 years but the NPS didnt want to wide the trail because of environmental concerns. WHAT? There is a 2-4 lane highway through a forest, and the stream is the back-up sewer for DC and Maryland, and they are worried that widening the trail from 8 to 10 feet will hurt the environment.

charlie, I'm confused what is your take and how is it different from mine?

The comments over at the original Oregon article are pretty smart. Worth a read.

To both of you, I add that this is a city where drivers stop (not just yield) for pedestrians in crosswalks. So the idea of stopping when you don't really need to, but that's what the law says, may be a bit more part of the culture.

If the majority stop, the outlier feels social pressure to stop. Conversely, if the majority goes, then the outlier will feel a subtle pressure to not be the oddball who stops anyway.

@david Johnson: Since the CaBi item today is about MoCo, not DC, could you research what the contract with MoCo says about these wages? I'm assuming the bikes all go back to DC rather than a satellite shop in MoCo.

@SJE, Yes, and the bike path that was planned next to Maryland's Inter-County Connector was deleted from that freeway for the same reason. The defenders of nature prevail!

More "cars are inevitable, bikes are optional" anti-bicycling BS.

FWIW, recently saw a talk by Peter Koonce about signals. There are many instances there where they've changed signals to better accommodate bikes, including timing a few key corridors (SE Hawthorne, NE Broadway) as "green waves" for bikes. Hawthorne was taken from 27 MPH to 12 MPH, for instance.

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