- DC to crack down on Pennsylvania Avenue U-turns across the cycle-track (which are illegal).
- Why one VA State legislator opposes the 3 foot passing law. "But Senator and former state trooper Charles Carrico said narrow, two-lane country roads are also a problem. He said the bill would cause drivers who pass slower cyclists to inadvertently break the law by crossing the double-yellow line." Heaven forbid that they should inadvertenly break the law, when they could be legally endangering a cyclist instead. "The lane of travel on a two-lane highway is 11 feet, 6 inches. A normal vehicle is about 8 feet," Carrico says. "If you have a bicycle that's a foot wide and you got 3 feet, if you have a double-sided line, you have to cross the double-sided line to pass the bicycle, which, within the code, is illegal." OK. Well, another option would be not passing the cyclist and instead waiting for a time when it is both safe and legal. But why tempt drivers with breaking the law? What he never talks about is safety.
- Another piece on the Maryland mandatory helmet law.
- WABA and Black Women Bike DC Formally Join Forces
- Politico has a story about how LaHood will be missed in bike community (but it's behind the paywall): http://politico.pro/WNZOkd. Meanwhile in a parting shot on LaHood, the Heritage Foundation criticizes the $10M TIGER grant DC received to connect the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to the PG County Anacostia Trails. "TIGER grant projects do not necessarily provide cost-effective mobility or reduce traffic congestion. Some fiscal year 2012 grants went toward developing 4 miles of bicycle and walking paths in Washington, D.C." Of course, they mention neither the cost nor the expected effectiveness of the trail, but take their word for it - it's not cost effective. [While we're at it, the CA to Las Vegas train they hold up as a boondoggle has received no federal funding - but is seeking an FRA loan]
- Below are snips of the AA County Trail Map that's in the Draft AA County 2013 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan. It shows close ups on the South Shore/WB&A Trails and the Chesapeake Beach Rail Trail. Extending the CBRT from Chesapeake Beach is one goal of the town's mayor.
- Someone actually wants to hear your commuting stories.
- In 1990, cities will have no cars (as predicted in 1968). "The 1-mile diameter of this supercity of the future would have bicycle paths, golf courses, parks, streams and lakes—and no automobiles. Barring autos from the center of cities is expected to be a growing trend by the 1980s. A major reason: to cut down on air pollution caused by exhaust fumes. A California official recently called for a ban on all gas-burning autos in the State by 1980."