Weekend links: Calm traffic to improve your life
Slow down to speed up: On a mountain stretch of I-70, Colorado discovered they can move cars faster if, paradoxically, they force them to move slower. (Slate)
Calm circles for Arlington?: Arlington will vote today on 3 roundabouts for traffic calming. One opposed resident says drivers shouldn't be "punished" for 5% of speeders, though county data show it's actually 48% who speed. (ARLnow)
Elevator problems plague NYC: New York's subway suffers its own escaltor and elevator problems, too. In fact, the elevator at Flushing Avenue is broken 91% of the time. (NYT)
Bike the Big Easy: Since Katrina, New Orleans has enjoyed an increase in cycling. Many reconstructed roads now include bike lanes and the city's flatness and close neighborhoods make the geography perfect for cycling. (BusinessWeek)
Party... like it's 1776: Tomorrow's dedication of the MLK Memorial will attract big name stars. (Post) ... Today, the mayor and residents are marching to the memorial to highlight how DC residents are denied the democracy all other Americans enjoy. (WTOP)
MoCo requires a bike sharing station: The county's planning board approved a Silver Spring project, provided the developer includes a bike-sharing station. (Gazette) ... CaBi is the obvious choice, but there are no other CaBi stations to ride to in Silver Spring.
Reconsider your commute: Driving 38 miles to and from work each day may not be "too bad" at first glance, but a commuting couple will end up spending $125,000 over ten years for the "privilege" of doing so. (Lifehacker)
Gov. Brown makes streets more dangerous: California's governor vetoed a bill requiring drivings to pass cyclists either with 3 feet of space, or closer if they're moving very slowly. His logic for the veto makes little sense. (Streetsblog)
And...: Transportation Alternatives updated CrashStat, an interactive map of pedestrian, driver, and cyclist collisions in New York. (Streetsblog) ... Arlington may raise taxi fares in exchange for requiring credit card readers. (Post) ... SimCity and Herman Cain share something in common when it comes to taxes. (Huffington Post)Have a tip or paradox for the links? Submit it here.
- DC has almost no white residents without college degrees. (It's a different story for black residents.)
- I don't care what some people say: DC has great transportation options.
- The biggest beneficiaries of housing subsidies? The wealthy.
- Clearly we need to have more happy hours in Prince George's
- Metro badly needs culture change, everyone agrees. Can it pull it off?
- VRE's map keeps getting more diagrammatic
- How five local businesspeople would tackle gentrification on 14th Street