Breakfast links: Bike and street smarts
Bikes on the rise: Biking in DC surged 20% in 2011, partially thanks to Capital Bikeshare, but is the District able to keep up? Police misapplying law after crashes show work still to be done, but initiatives like the Street Smart campaign will educate cyclists and drivers alike. (Post, DCist)
How to continue the rise of bikes: The best way to encourage female bikers as well as biking in general may be to encourage biking as transportation, as opposed to biking as sport or recreation, with associated services for bikes similar like those for cars. (RPUS)
Most dangerous county gets street smart: Prince George's will join the Street Smart program after leading Maryland and the region in pedestrian deaths. Education will help, but its poor built environment for pedestrians plays a big role. (Examiner)
Less parking: Even though parking minimums force more parking than anyone uses in many buildings and drive up housing costs, neighbors still often push for lots of parking. Can measures like restricting parking permits win over skeptics? (City Paper)
Merrifield gets walkable: Once auto-dominated, Merrifield is becoming a walkable, urban community around its new Mosaic District. It's listed as a 5-minute walk to Dunn Loring Metro, but obstacles force a walk at least double that. (Post, Falls Church)
Alexander stops jobs in Ward 7: Yvette Alexander banned the one marijuana cultivation center that would have been in Ward 7. It would have brought jobs to the area and just filled an empty warehouse near train tracks. (City Paper)
Transportation bill gridlocked: House Republicans voted down a motion to pass the Senate's transportation bill. They want a 3- month extension on the current bill, which runs out March 31, but Democrats don't agree. (Post, Transportation Nation)
Senate wants NPS to ban bikes: The Senate's transportation bill keeps a nasty provision forcing the National Park Service to arbitrarily ban cyclists from roads when a path within 100 yards is present, regardless of the usability of the path. (John S. Allen)
And...: WMATA may have overpaid and not gotten much value on its safety contract. (Examiner) ... Construction for a large development near the Fort Totten Metro is about to get underway. (DCmud) ... The Metro police blotter is back. (TBD) ... Start sending your mail using green transportation stamps. (Transportation Nation)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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