Breakfast links: Heroes and scofflaws
Photo by M.V. Jantzen.
Bicyclist killed because he was riding in the road?:
A driver hit and killed a cyclist
near Hollywood, St. Mary's County, in Southern Maryland. In their preliminary statement, authorities actually blame the bicyclist for "traveling in the main roadway, rather than on the shoulder." WashCycle notes that it's indeed illegal
to ride in the road when there's a shoulder in St. Mary's County, but riding in the road is the safer behavior; really, the cyclist died because the driver didn't see him. The article's lede also goes through the usual linguistic contortions
including the phantom driverless car and use of passive voice. (Post, Ward 1 Guy)
Sustainable transportation program is not sustainable:
Maryland has a "Sustainable Transportation Corridor" program to encourage intergovernmental cooperation on transportation. But MDOT has not been enthusiastic
about calls to make Wisconsin Avenue and Rockville Pike one of those corridors through Bethesda and Rockville, as Councilmember Roger Berliner has been pushing. New MDOT chief
Beverley Swaim-Staley told Friends of White Flint they were developing yet another type of corridor study, a "green corridor," but there's no money available to study anything. (FLOG)
Down from the summit on texting:
Ashley Halsey summarizes last week's distracted driving summit
. While everyone agrees that texting and driving don't mix, there hasn't been a consistent strategy implemented to cut down on this dangerous practice. Many public officials are looking to enact penalties, similar to previous drunk driving and seatbelt campaigns. (Post, Cavan)
Watch for falling gas:
AAA predicts that gas prices will continue to fall
. There are a few places in the South that are already experiencing prices under $2 a gallon. Due to the larger economic situation, VMT will probably not rise, however. (Post, Cavan)
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