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The Committee of 100's worst nightmare

Bike lanes... on overhead wires! Image from Kolelinia via Beyond Profit.

David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. 


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....and overhead aircraft!

(You know. I really do love DC's restricted airspace. I grew up in the shadow of Newark Airport, and later in the shadow of a military base. It's really, really nice to not hear the constant booms overhead.)

by andrew on May 28, 2011 3:02 pm • linkreport


Speak for yourself. Those of us who spend our days on Georgetown University's campus are so well-acquainted with low-flying aircraft directly overhead that we've learned to tune it out completely. If I'm standing outside for more than 10 minutes and don't head a plane, I think something's wrong.

by Dizzy on May 28, 2011 4:11 pm • linkreport

You can always tell when you are in an alternate universe because they have airships.

by ksu499 on May 28, 2011 7:35 pm • linkreport


by Tom Coumaris on May 28, 2011 8:17 pm • linkreport

opps, sorry that didn't downsize automatically.

That's Phoenix's new line on Central Avenue. I rode it a lot two weeks ago. The power lines look like rows of cruxifices.

by Tom Coumaris on May 28, 2011 8:22 pm • linkreport

I see David is still spreading his misinformation. I guess we really must scare him in his unlikey quest to be the expert in matters of planning and land use around here ...

by Lance on May 28, 2011 9:45 pm • linkreport

The Committee of 100 is for bike lanes on wires?

by Todd on May 29, 2011 10:13 am • linkreport

Waaaaaaaah! People don't like ugly overhead wires and silly trollies that achieve nothing but the promotion of a small minority's agenda! Waaaaaaaah!

You're so, so silly.

by asuka on May 29, 2011 2:50 pm • linkreport

Wait a minute, David.

There's too many cars in the picture. And what seems to be gridlock. I'm not sure that's C100's worst nightmare. They love cars. It's that mass transit "fad" that they seems to be THEIR worst nightmare.

by Mike S. on May 30, 2011 7:40 am • linkreport

As I was saying ... spreading misinformation about the Committee of 100 again via this posting.

It's that mass transit "fad" that they seems to be THEIR worst nightmare.

Let's see. It's the Committee of 100 that helped bring us Metro rail as an alternative to building highways through Washington. So, how is it the Committee of 100 would consider mass transit a fad ... given they were it's original proponents here in DC.

by Lance on May 30, 2011 9:01 am • linkreport

Nothing more fun than goin' fishin' on Memorial Day, and seeing who rises to the bait! (chuckle)

by Mike S. on May 30, 2011 9:58 am • linkreport

What a wonderful image you have posted. It depicts the lack of planning done by DDOT perfectly! The overhead rider most likely caused the gridlock by cruising through lights and weaving through traffic. Instead of putting money into Metro DDOT is putting money into bike racks, bikes and bike lanes all over the city that sit unused. It would be interesting to see a column on the cost vs revenue from this DDOT program so the residents know how their taxes are being paid. Sorry, the needs of a few bike riders have turned the city on its head and the result is well depicted. There is only one problem with it -- the overhead trolly wires are going to conflict.

by Karl on May 30, 2011 10:30 am • linkreport

DDOT doesn't run metro. WMATA does. So money that DDOT uses for bike lanes (and car lanes) doesn't take away from the money that goes into Metro

by Canaan on May 31, 2011 12:53 am • linkreport

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