I've been hit by it a lot lately. Since it's getting past captcha I know it's human driven. I'm going to try holding comments for review in the hopes that they move on. I apologize for the inconvenience.
As was pointed out so graciously in the comments yesterday there is actually a grammatical error in the banner for the blog. It reads "Cycling Advocacy in the Nation's Capitol." Which is wrong because Capitol refers to just the building, not the city.
In addition, WABA and I have been discussing removing the "Sponsored by WABA" part. It's no longer true. I'm worried about embarassing them (and they have no editorial control). And they have their own blog now.
Finally, it's just old (and it's too small because I resized the page, but not the banner). Most of the people in that photo have moved away. And we've got a bike station, CaBi, new trails, the Wilson Bridge, etc...And a whole region to represent.
So I'm stealing a page from Stephen Colbert and having a contest.
If you'd like to try your hand at designing a new banner for washcycle, send one in and I'll pick the best ones to be voted on. Some rules:
1. If you use photos, they should either be your own, or ones for which you have permission. You do not have to use photos.
2. It should be something close to 1000 pixels by 200 pixels (the one there now is 800 x 205 I think)
3. It should match the existing color scheme. I don't have it in me to redesign the whole blog.
4. It should have the name of the blog on there somewhere.
5. No pornography and limited profanity. This is not a Catholic wedding.
If you'd like to use the "Cycling Advocacy in the Nation's Capital" line, that's fine, but you don't have to.
Prizes include: The admiration of all you know, leftover BikeArlington SWAG from WAGBRAD III and a bellyful of beer bought by me at the Washcycle 5th anniversary happy hour - which is still TBD.
Five years ago yesterday, this blog started with a post about some crazy idea where people in DC would share bicycles. And to celebrate we're going to have our first ever happy hour sometime this month (Date, time, place TBD, when I get back from vacation). In the meantime, enjoy the only song I know about being five years old.
Washcycle, Mrs. Washcycle and Trike are going on a vacation to their ancestral homeland of Texas (actually my family is from Kentucky) and blogging by me will be light and of poor quality until I get back. We may have guest bloggers. We may not.
If we lose to UCLA, my blogging will be bitter and full of uncorraborated claims about the evils of Los Angeles.
I was reading the Rails to Trail magazine in which they mentioned the Cal Park Hill Tunnel. This is a former two track freight rail tunnel that is being rebuilt as a single track light rail tunnel with an 11.5 foot wide MUT next to it. It turns "a 20 minute hilly and dangerous bike ride between San Rafael and the Larkspur Ferry Terminal into a five minute, flat, grade separated ride." In addition to being very similar to the Purple Line/CCT configuration in
Bethesda it also struck me that this might be the Longest Bike Commuter
Tunnel in the United States.
I know some people find biking through a tunnel as unappealing, but I always think it's cool and a friend of mine and I want to try and bike some of the longest tunnels in the world. The problem is finding a list of such tunnels. There doesn't seem to be one.
Copenhagenize called the San Sebastian Tunnel the "Longest Bike Commuter Tunnel in the World" and I can't contradict that. But some have started calling that the longest bike tunnel in the world and that is patently incorrect.
As near as I can tell, the longest bike tunnel in the world is Snoqulmie Tunnel in Washington state. At 2.3 miles long it make San Sebastian look like an underpass. Still, I don't know of a definitive list.
So I've started one. Using wikispaces I created a page listing the "longest bike tunnels in the world" and seeded it with a few. If you'd like to try to add to it - because it is by no means definitive, you should be able to. That's the point.
I also added the two "Standard Responses" that I've done so far. I have not incorporated anyone's comments yet, but feel free to edit those as you see fit.
And, if you can think of any other way that a local bike wiki can be useful, again, go crazy. This may be useful or it could be like the Facebook page (which I can't figure out what to do with). We'll see.
Mrs. Washcycle and I are having a real baby very soon (any day now) and I will have to cut back my writing a lot. I've been trying to get some posts in the can, but not nearly enough. If you would like to write blog posts - even very sporadically, even crossposted elsewhere - send me an email at email@example.com and let me know. It would be greatly appreciated by all.
So I've entered the world of twitter. At least on the receiving end. If you find something of note and would like me - or others - to see it, please add the hashtag #washcycle to it and I'll try to check these regularly. We'll see how this works.
Oh yeah, and I'll be tweeting from @washcycleblog (Washcycle was taken, and so was DCWashcycle. Odd).