Breakfast links: On two wheels, variously
AABA?: AAA of Oregon and Idaho will soon offer bicycle roadside assistance as well as auto service. Better World Club already offers it, nationwide, and doesn't use your membership dues to lobby against pedestrian and bicycle improvements or trees. (Bike Portland, Jaime)
More on SmartBike status: A Current article gives some more details on the current situation with SmartBike. Georgetown Metropolitan compares the details with prior reports. It's true that DDOT is looking into dumping Clear Channel, but Clear Channel is at least somewhat interested in continuing to participate, though they may not be flexible enough for what we need. GM agrees with my recommendation to get the right system in place now.
Whatever happened to the Segway?: It launched amid brash predictions that it would transform our cities forever. But the Segway doesn't really do anything that a bike doesn't, doesn't really fit into our cities as currently designed, and doesn't give you any exercise. Tom Vanderbilt looks at the Segway's failed promise and the niches it has successfully filled. (Slate Magazine)
A better downtown Falls Church: Falls Church is planning a major overhaul of the Route 7 and 29 intersection in the center of town. It will improve pedestrian conditions and add public art to try to create a sense of place. Joshua D writes, "One of the biggest improvements (not mentioned in the article) would be moving the bus stops to more efficiently accommodate the many riders who use that as a transfer point. Buses are constantly caught behind the light when they otherwise could have made it because of deboarding and boarding riders." (Falls Church News Press, Joshua D)
Unintended consequences of anti-development laws: Houston passed an adequate public facilities ordinance to try to dissuade a certain development project, but now that same law may stop the "transit corridors" the city wants to foster, with walkable development and wide sidewalks leading to transit stops. (Houston Chronicle via @beyonddc)
Not just a city problem: Partly thanks to the housing crisis, homelessness is rising sharply in the suburbs and rural areas, but flat nationwide (meaning it must be down in urban areas. That means suburbs are having to grapple with many of the issues they ignored or pushed onto cities in past decades. (Yahoo! Finance, Ben)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Cyclists are special and do have their own rules
- Judge denies injunction against closing schools
- Metro policy for refunds after delays falls short, riders say
- M Street cycle track keeps improving, draws church anger
- Long-term closures: A solution to single-tracking?
- O'Malley announces first projects using new gas tax money
- ICC losing bus service in classic bait and switch