With the new section of the MBT open, that means that the entirety of the planned trail from Union Station to Bates Road, with the exception of the ramp at L Street, is open. There is a cycletrack being installed on 1st Street NE, but that is more of an upgrade than an initial section. Still, I really wish we'd gotten the tunnel under Monroe Street as orignally proposed.
- Maryland has a new Secretary of Transportation, James T. Smith Jr.. The Post interviews several transportation advocates about him starting with AAA's Lon Anderson, only one mentions biking "Michele Whelley, head of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, said business leaders in her group want more commuter train service, as well as road improvements around Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade. They also want to see new sidewalks and bike lanes to better link Fort Meade with two commuter rail stations." I'm guessing they didn't interview Shane Farthing of WABA or Carol Silldorff of Bike Maryland.
- On this subject, there is a post I missed a couple of months ago by Jim Titus on the lack of substantive plans by PG County for future bike connections.
- Several years ago, Fairfax County cancelled a program by which citizens could report bad drivers who then got letters asking them to be good drivers. It was cancelled due to cost but the chief of police thinks that part of the reason was "people didn’t like getting these letters." Still, Hunter McCleary of FABB has a suggestion for where the money to continue the program could be found. "This month Fairfax County launched a program to rid many roadsides of illegally placed advertising."
- Thief on a bicycle stabs Anne Arundel County man in the neck and steals his laptop bag.