Breakfast links: Congress and bikes
Issa OK with commuter tax: Toward the end of a hearing on DC's height limit, Rep. Darrel Issa suggested that DC should be able to impose a commuter tax. Though even if such a proposal does get passed, it is unclear what other conditions there would be. (DCist)
Can't kill cooperation: Though Congress has stopped funding the Sustainable Communities, that hasn't stopped government agencies from working together to help promote smart growth. (Streetsblog)
Conflict resolution: Adding streetcars to Columbia Pike could cause a conflict with bicyclists so bike advocates and Arlington County are working on possible solutions, such as installing bike boulevards and parallel streets. (ARLnow)
A place to cross: Crossing the George Washington Parkway can be dangerous for bikers, so how about installing a bike specific crossing signal like the ones used on Dutch bike highways? (RPUS)
Bike to Wolf Trap: With a new bridge over the Dulles Toll Road, biking to Wolf Trap has never been easier. When leaving, it might even be quicker than driving, though Wolf Trap could use some better bike parking. (FABB)
Sprawl worsens drought: With its increased water use and runoff, sprawl might be worsening the effects of the drought. Increased carbon emissions from sprawl contribute to climate change, possibly making the drought itself more severe. (Streetsblog)
And...: Eleanor Holmes Norton finds DC architecture "undistinguished." (Examiner) ... Some Tea Party freshman don't mind spending taxpayer money on their personal cars. (Streetsblog) ... None of the likely candidates for mayor has a clear advantage, but Fenty would easily defeat Gray in a rematch. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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