Breakfast Links: The value of helmets
Black women talk about biking: Veronica Davis talks about the numbers of black women bicycling and the "Mary Poppins effect," where she encounters more driver courtesy when biking in a dress and her bright pink helmet. (Kate Ryan Reports)
CaBi users to get helmets: DDOT is providing 500 helmets to frequent Capital Bikeshare users, because most riders don't wear them and you can't rent one. The agency hopes to buy more in the future. (NBC Washington)
Bus alerts coming: A new communications team at Metro will send out alerts about bus service disruptions. Riders will be able to sign up for alerts by bus line. It would be helpful to incorporate them with Nextbus, too. (Examiner)
Accessible but inconvenient: Metro is encouraging disabled riders to use buses and trains as MetroAccess fares increase. But riders often struggle to navigate stations with broken elevators and large crowds. (Post)
From warehouse to office: Two District developers are planning to redevelop a warehouse in Anacostia into a four story office building. The building is close to the Anacostia Metro station and along one of the proposed streetcar routes. (Post)
Bad news for Hyattsville development: University Town Center in Hyattsville may fall into foreclosure because of high debt and the weak housing market. The development also lost a major federal tenant when GSA decided not to move there. (Post)
Can voters trust Michael A. Brown?: Besides pushing internet gambling with a possible conflict of interest, Michael Brown violated election law years ago, and has made claims about his accomplishments which are hard to verify.
And...: A non-profit is planting and caring for trees along Embassy Row. (WAMU) ... Virginia Beach is zoning to permit homeless encampments. (Virginian-Pilot) ... England opened the longest guided busway in the world. (Human Transit) ... Police are giving jaywalking tickets in Dupont Circle. (14th and You)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- Metro wants to connect Farragut North and West with a tunnel
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- NTSB recommends the federal government take over safety oversight of Metro