Breakfast links: More bikes in more places
More are biking: DC bicycle counts show that peak ridership is up 175% since 2004. Cyclists are about 77% male, 75% wear helmets, and CaBi makes up 1-12% of bikes depending on location. (d.ish)
Fairfax gets friendlier to bikes, peds: Fairfax will add clear bike and pedestrian paths to its new Silver Line stations and might even bring bike sharing surrounding areas, though they haven't necessarily settled on using CaBi. (WTOP)
Stuck in park on parking: Despite many possible improvements to the residential parking program, DDOT is not likely to make major changes for a year. Any reforms before then would likely have to come from the Council. (DCist)
Pick a tagline: DDOT wants your input on which one of six taglines the DC streetcar should use. The choices include "Make Your Next Connection", "District at Your Doorstep", and "Let's Go!" You can take the online survey here. (WAMU)
Yes! changes: It turns out that Ward 8 won't be losing its Yes! Organic Market. The store will get a name change to Healthy Gourmet Market in hopes that dropping "organic" from the name will help dispel the perception of high prices. (Post)
Why Intelsat picked Tysons: Intelsat, which is moving from Van Ness to Tysons, considered the Capitol Riverfront but thinks it's "not there yet." A Bethesda building had too few restaurants nearby and wasn't car-accessible enough. Metro Silver Line proximity and retail options made Tysons appealing. (WBJ)
Corporate incentives don't work: Using economic studies, Richard Florida argues that economic incentives for companies like tax breaks rarely improve economic conditions in cities or regions. (Atlantic Cities, Michael P)
And...: Is Columbia Road the best part of DC? (OPinions) ... Would self-driving cars be an ideal solution to Tysons congestion instead of more highway lanes? (Post) ... Drivers hit and critically injure pedestrians in Sterling and Annapolis. (Post, WTOP)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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