Breakfast links: Transportation equipment that doesn't move
Boxy units: Brookland will get apartments made from shipping containers. The containers will be recycled into individual apartment units where a single-family home currently stands. (WBJ)
Streetcar in November?: A DDOT source says that the H Street streetcar line won't open until November at the earliest. Is even that overly optimistic? (WAMU)
Council votes yes to say no: In the final DC Council session before recess, the council voted to override Mayor Gray's budget veto; ban polystyrene containers; and ban asking about criminal history in hiring until after an employment offer is made. (DCist)
Bike bits: Arlington is considering a bike park with a "learner's loop," repair station, and other amenities where Columbia Pike meets the W&OD Trail. (ArlNow) ... The first of the Ward 8 bike lanes comes to Malcolm X Ave SE. (CHOTR)
Copenhagen's cycle snake: Copenhagen recently opened an elevated cycle track that improves bicycle connections between the highway and a bridge. The Cykelslangen, or Cycle Snake, is completely separated from vehicular and pedestrian traffic. (Guardian) ... Maybe we should have one here? (Just kidding, Courtland Milloy).
Parking space living: Students at the Savannah College of Art and Design created micro-units the size of a parking space to model sustainable options. The installation has hosted several overnight guests since its opening in April. (Streetsblog)
Take the kids on Uber: Uber launched a new service where you can order a vehicle with a car seat for a $10 extra charge. Drivers have been trained to install the seats, which can accommodate children over one year old. (Post)
Lyft launch postponed: Lyft planned to open in New York City today but will hold off amid a legal battle with the state. Lyft says it will work with city regulators to find a compromise between their business model and government regulations. (WBJ)
WiFi for safety: One group is working on a program that will warn pedestrians (via their smartphone's WiFi) if they are in danger of getting hit by a driver. (IEEE Spectrum)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- The Dutch government is trolling DC over marijuana, bike lanes, and streetcars
- 2.5 minutes of extra walking is not nothing
- How two families dealt with Metro problems and other transportation options in the snow
- I can take the bus from my neighborhood to just about anywhere in DC
- Cities worldwide are building beautiful, landmark pedestrian and bicycle bridges. Could Georgetown be next?
- DC like Amsterdam? We can only hope
- Sidewalk snow shoveling hall of shame: "DC government is the worst offender" (and Arlington too)