Breakfast links: Bills, bills, bills
Marijuana bill blossoms: It looks like there are enough signatures to put a marijuana legalization bill on the DC ballot in November. One congressman vows to block it, citing safety of children above DC home rule. (WTOP)
Primary results: Democrat Richard Sullivan and Republican David Foster won a special primary on Sunday for the Virginia House. If elected, Foster vows to push for a referendum on the "impractical and unaffordable" Columbia Pike streetcar. (Post)
Dead zebras: The experiment with zebras meant to discourage u-turns across the Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes is over. The zebras will be removed and replaced with park-its. (WAMU)
BIDs on roads: A new bill means BIDs could take over some road maintenance in DC, amidst poor 311 response to potholes. Mary Cheh believes that the BIDs can translate success with public spaces to roads. (DCist)
Charter school "cannibalism"?: Plans to open a charter across the street from a comparable public school have led Chancellor Kaya Henderson to call for better coordination in school planning to avoid "cannibalism". (Post)
Another blow: The US House proposed to cut all funding for St. Elizabeths in 2015, further fueling fears that the project will not be completed. But will the surrounding Congress Heights neighborhood actually miss the project if it doesn't happen? (WBJ, City Paper)
Spinning wheels: Are cyclists engaging in more dangerous activities than other road users or is this perception based in a lack of familiarity? Would getting more people on bikes help with this perception? (Gizmodo)
Maglev merits: Japan is looking to build a $90 billion maglev line between Tokyo and Osaka. But are 310 MPH speeds worth the price worth when both cities will be getting smaller when the line opens? (CityLab)
And...: Retail is already changing to meet new demand around Silver Line stations, kicking out some low density businesses. (Post) ... Did construction projects inconvenience drivers in Copenhagen so much that it led to a 5% increase in cycling? (Streetsblog) ... A primary race for the Prince George's County Council was decided by 6 votes. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Topic of the week: Banning cycling on sidewalks
- A new bill would ban cycling or Segway riding on DC sidewalks next to bike lanes
- No, DC is not abandoning plans for most streetcar lines
- What would you call Loudoun's Metro stations?
- The 11th Street Bridge Park gets a brilliant design. Will it succeed?
- David Catania on Metro, economic development, streetcars, affordable housing, bike lanes, building heights, and more
- A move to strengthen affordable housing runs into political obstacles
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