Breakfast links: Bicycle's race
Baca on biking: How did biking, the most affordable and thus most egalitarian form of transportation, become stereotyped as the mode of privileged, white newcomers? GGW editor Alex Baca found several explanations. (City Paper) ... WashCycle thinks hand-wringing about public input is overblown.
Contributors in the news: NBC interviewed Dan Reed about the proposed Montgomery County teen curfew, and Ken Archer and Topher Mathews spoke to Patch about bike safety (with a nice quote from Jack Evans).
Size doesn't matter for gambling: DC's online gambling program may be on hold, but the DC Lottery now has a mobile lottery truck. Since the truck doesn't sell food, it's exempt from the 18.5-foot length limit. (Examiner)
Metro stations get better for bikes and peds: Metro has replaced old bike racks, added sidewalks, and more to improve pedestrian and bicycle access to stations. They're also working on a master plan for bike and ped needs. (PlanItMetro)
Zipcar wouldn't mind if you emailed Bellamy: Zipcar is reassuring members after losing most of its on-street spaces, but it is also subtly encouraging members to email DDOT director Terry Bellamy. (TBD) ... Mike DeBonis says some competition is good, but wonders if pushing prices up is best for encouraging car independence. (Post)
Sprawl nearly slips by in southern Maryland: The state's planning department is skeptical of Calvert County's plan to enable more sprawl. The county's measure is disquised as environmental remediation, though it does nothing to clean the Port Tobacco River. (SoMdNews)
Georgetown's got more competition: A Georgetown bakery closes after 17 years; the neighborhood seems to be less important to younger residents. (Post) ... Does its lack of Metro put it at a competitive disadvantage versus to other neighborhoods? (RPUS)
10 minutes to Gainesville: VDOT will use digital signs on I-66 to display travel time predictions eastbound to the Beltway and westbound to Gainesville. (Post)
And...: Metro is performing major track work this weekend on 3 lines. (Post) ... DC's latino population is shifting eastward. (Examiner) ... When school starts Monday, Prince George's will activate new speed cameras outside schools. (Examiner) ... Trains are particularly appealing to kids with autism spectrum disorders. (NYT)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- Cities worldwide are building beautiful, landmark pedestrian and bicycle bridges. Could Georgetown be next?
- DC like Amsterdam? We can only hope