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Events roundup: Bridges, bikes, and buses

This week, celebrate the new 11th Street bridge, learn how DC could become the nation's cycling capital, Metro's plans to run buses all night, and how to live a greener life at events all around Greater Washington.

Photo by DDOTDC on Flickr.

New 11th Street Bridge: On Saturday, Mayor Gray and DC officials will dedicate the bridge with a festival from 12-3pm on the local span featuring music, performances, and food trucks. Click here for more information.

Talk about bikes in Arlington: Dr. Ralph Buehler, professor and author of City Cycling, will talk about ways to promote biking with Shane Farthing of WABA, Arlington County board member Chris Zimmerman, and our own Jaime Fearer. The event will be on Thursday, September 12 at 6:30pm at the Virginia Tech Research Center, 900 N. Glebe Road in Arlington. Visit their website for info or to RSVP.

After the jump: Learn about the Purple Line in Bethesda and how Montgomery County's demographics are changing. And if you have any events for future roundups, email me at

Could Metrobus run all night?: Next week, the Action Committee for Transit hosts Jim Hamre, head of bus planning for WMATA, who'll talk about plans to increase late-night bus service. That meeting will be at 7:30pm on Tuesday at the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place in downtown Silver Spring. For more information, visit their website.

Green Living Expo DC: Over 40 exhibitors, workshops, and eco-tours will offer information on bike lanes, home energy-saving resources and government grants, green roofs, urban forests, and more. The event will take place at the University of DC's Dennard Plaza on Saturday, September 7th from 10 am to 4 pm. Visit for more info.

Going Purple in Bethesda: Montgomery County planners are exploring potential design options for routing the Purple Line and the Capital Crescent Trail near Wisconsin Avenue and want public input. The event will take place at the Bethesda Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane on Saturday, September 7th beginning at 10 am. Find out more information at the Planning Department's website.

Discuss Montgomery County's future: The Committee for Montgomery will host a forum on the county's rapidly changing demographics featuring Metro's head planner Shyam Kannan and Gwen Wright, director of planning at the Montgomery County Planning Department. The discussion will happen on Monday, September 9 at 8am at Building 1 of the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. For more information or to RSVP, visit their website.

Adam Lind moved to the Ballston area of Arlington after earning his Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech in 2012. He currently works on bicycle and pedestrian projects for Fairfax County DOT. He is an active cyclist and transit rider and interested in improving sustainability though transportation. 


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A forum at 8AM on a Monday? Is this some sort of discussion that can only work if you exclude employed people?

Also, that September 9 event isn't listed on the linked website.

by Gray on Sep 5, 2013 2:36 pm • linkreport

The Committee for Montgomery informed GGW of the meeting. Expect it to occur even though it isn't on their website.

by Adam Lind on Sep 5, 2013 3:02 pm • linkreport

I got an email yesterday that the VT lecture has a wait list. Glad I registered!

by Bill Cook on Sep 5, 2013 5:22 pm • linkreport

Serious question: is there a cottage industry for over-sided ribbon cutting scissors? I mean, you see them all the time, so I guess someone makes money at manufacturing them?

by Chris on Sep 6, 2013 10:10 am • linkreport

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