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Shot a cyclist? It's OK: The Asheville firefighter who shot a cyclist in the head because he thought cycling with a kid was unsafe will spend only four months in jail. A grand jury previously rejected an attempted murder charge, and now the judge awarded a lighter than average prison sentence. (Streetsblog)

Meanwhile, a teen in Tulsa Austin shot a cyclist with a pellet gun, "saying he hated cyclists," and a Miami driver intentionally hit a cyclist who wouldn't get out of a bike lane so the driver could make a right turn. (Tulsa Alternative Transportation Examiner, Transit Miami)

Let there be light, and airport buses: Metro is testing new, brighter lights on the F Street mezzanine at Judiciary Square. Metro will also run extra buses to BWI and Dulles during the Thanksgiving weekend. (WMATA)

Desire lines of Brasilia: Brasilia is entirely designed around cars, and six-lane expressways and cloverleafs line their central green sward. Nevertheless, people cross it, and in the paths visible by satellite you can see the "desire lines" and paths where people found the least-deadly ways to cross. (Discovering Urbanism)

Be on the Planning Board: Are you a Republican, independent, or registered with a minor party? Want to be on the Montgomery County Planning Board? There's a vacancy following the death of Jean Cryor, who was a dedicated public servant in Montgomery County but also couldn't understand the value of putting a library in a walkable area since of course everybody drives. Here's how to apply. (WBJ)

Tweet your space: A new Brooklyn service has users tweet when they're leaving a space and also tweet to find the nearby spaces that were reported. Joe. My. God. notes that this would encourage using the phone while driving, unless people pull over to tweet. But isn't it likely that any newly available space will get filled up before a user arrives? The FAQ doesn't have a good answer.

Everybody wants biotech: Prince George's County wants to get in on the biotech action like Montgomery. They want to build a "biotech incubator," and some of the possible sites are even near Metro, like Prince George's Plaza. M-Square in College Park is a ten minute walk from Metro, and Konterra is nowhere near Metro. In the long run, they'd like to put a big biotech campus in Beltsville. (Gazette)

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David Alpert is the founder and editor-in-chief of Greater Greater Washington. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He now lives with his wife and daughter in Dupont Circle. 

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Good thing he didn't have a joint in his pocket, or he'd be in prison for life.

by Squalish on Nov 24, 2009 9:39 am • linkreport

Great idea PGC! Steal the focus point of your neighbor in stead of coming up with something yourself. That surely will benefit your tax base and that of your neighbor. Except that all profit will be lost in the competition between the two counties.

by Jasper on Nov 24, 2009 9:57 am • linkreport

PGC...A day late and a dollar short. What else is new?

by Suitland_Res on Nov 24, 2009 11:04 am • linkreport

Looks like the shooting with the pellet gun was in Austin not Tulsa, screwed up that biking is literally mortal kombat in this country!

by donsyob on Nov 24, 2009 11:10 am • linkreport

I hear that exercise, like say... cycling - is an excellent form of anger management therapy! I think anyone who's cited for abusive driving should be required to take a remedial bicycle education course that includes learning to ride a bicycle in traffic in order to earn their license back. Although, anyone who shoots a gun at cyclists from their car probably shouldn't get back either one!

by Lee Watkins on Nov 24, 2009 12:56 pm • linkreport

I think that the reason the firefighter got off so easy is that he is a firefighter. The system gives a ridiculous amount of leniency to cops and firefighters. In fact, if he were a cop, the cyclist might have been charged

by SJE on Nov 24, 2009 9:34 pm • linkreport

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