Breakfast links: Mean streets of Maryland
Photo by BikePortland.org.
Cyclist dies at spot slated to become more auto-centric:
An SUV driver killed a 16-year-old cyclist
while she was riding (legally) on the sidewalk on Great Seneca Highway and trying to cross an entrance ramp to Sam Eig Highway. This spot is in the Gaithersburg West area, where planners claim to be trying to create a walkable and bikeable area but plan even more grade-separated, high-speed interchanges
including at this intersection. (ABC7, Jaime)
The Boston Globe reports on that city's efforts
to become more hospitable to cyclists, but throws in some editorial commentary about cyclists following the laws. Newton Streets and Sidewalks wonders what it would be like
if every time a newspaper covered a bridge repair or road repaving, they exhorted drivers to stop speeding so much.
Watering trees by bike:
Casey Trees has a new "Water By-Cycle"
to water street trees without driving a huge truck around the city. It's a bike with a custom 6-foot cargo trailer carrying tree maintenance and watering equipment.
Amtrak on Google Transit too:
Amtrak is the latest rail provider to participate in Google Transit
. Now, presumably, people looking up long-distance driving directions will see options to travel by train as well as by car. (Webwire via Planetizen)
Road connectivity dialogue proceeding over DMPED's objections:
At July's Council hearing, Ward 7 residents and activists urged the Council
to reserve public land for a street connection
at Minnesota and Benning as proposed in the Great Streets Plan. DMPED's Ayris Scales called it a "road to nowhere," but the developers, who hadn't engaged much with the community previously, reached out
and promised to look into restoring the road connection, despite Scales' "vocal disagreement." (Ward 7 Connections, East of the River)
Cheh, Graham, Wells safe; Mendelson, Fenty maybe not:
Mary Cheh (ward 3) is in a strong position for reelection
next year, with 53% of voters in a recent poll "definitely" voting for her. Jim Graham (ward 1) and Tommy Wells (ward 6) are likewise strong, while Phil Mendelson (at-large) seems vulnerable, with only 32% definite voters. However, last time he won the Democratic primary handily despite early poll weakness, and 53% of voters still view him favorable. Fenty, too, only has 30% of Democratic primary voters
in wards 1, 3, and 6 definitely supporting his reelection, though his favorability rating is 68%. (Examiner)
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