Breakfast links: Bike hassles
Don't bike to the Capitol?: It's now against the rules to park a bike at the Capitol, even on bike racks, without a permit. Capitol Police say they won't enforce the new rules against visitors, but that could change. (Roll Call)
No share for bike shops: Some bike shops near Citibike stations in New York saw bike sales and repair services drop. Some still hope for the positive returns DC shops saw after Capital Bikeshare's opening. (Bloomberg)
Bye-bye bike lane: San Antonio will use half its bike lane budget to remove a popular bike lane after drivers complained of traffic. The city council voted 10-1 to remove it despite traffic studies that found no measurable delays. ... Nationwide, younger people are more supportive of cycletracks. (Streetsblog)
Shrinking units, steady demand: New class A apartments in DC have gotten 14% smaller since 2000. Individual units are smaller and more are studios or one-bedrooms. It's unclear what this means for affordability. (UrbanTurf)
Connecting counties: Maryland will study a transit connection along MD-5 and US-301 between Branch Avenue in Prince George's and Waldorf in Charles County. The line could be Bus Rapid Transit or light rail. (Post)
Speed camera revenue slows down: Speed camera revenue has declined in several Maryland cities as people drive slower (at least past the cameras). Some cameras no longer cover their costs. This is hurting city budgets but is good for safety. (Post)
MARC's map is "slipshod" and "ugly": Cameroon Booth, the transit map expert whose Metrorail map won GGW's map contest in 2011, says MARC's map is "slipshod work with an ugly result," and awards it only 1 star out of 5. (Transit Maps)
And...: Summer art performances began at Metro stations on Monday. (WTOP) ... DC is the third best US city for working women, who earn earning 90.6% as much as men. (WBJ) ... A Google tool can warn you when your transit stop is approaching. (WBJ)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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- Terrorism fear takes over security at the Library of Congress
- 33% of Metro rail trips stay within one city or county. Where are they?
- How two families dealt with Metro problems and other transportation options in the snow
- 2.5 minutes of extra walking is not nothing
- Cities worldwide are building beautiful, landmark pedestrian and bicycle bridges. Could Georgetown be next?
- In Chicago, you can charter your own L train