Breakfast links: Metro safety and safe cycling
Photo by Jovi Girl J.
LaHood releases safety plan:
The Obama administration's plan to regulate transit systems' safety
would quadruple the number of safety inspectors at a cost of about $100 million. Federal safety inspectors or federally-certified local oversight boards would have greater powers including to issue subpoenas, request injunctions, and even the ability to pursue criminal penalties if necessary. (Post)
They didn't bar us, exept when it mattered:
Tri-State Oversight Chair Eric Madison clarifies
that while Metro didn't "bar them from the tracks" entirely, they did refuse access during live operation, which is what TOC needed to check safety procedures. So what did Metro hope to accomplish by posting its clarification
reciting a quote from Madison in WTOP that Metro didn't completely "bar" them?
Letters on tolls:
A Gazette letter writer chides the Montgomery County Council
for voting to recommend lower ICC tolls knowing it would just force other state taxpayers or tollpayers to pay more for a road they aren't using. Another letter writer is disappointed that Nancy Navarro actually told him the truth when he wrote to complain about the tolls, unlike other Councilmembers.
Streetcar track design's pitfalls?:
Yonah Freemark worries that installing streetcar tracks in the lane adjacent to the turn lane on H Street-Benning Road could be a recipe for traffic conflicts
that delay the streetcars. He thinks DC should consider a design with a more dedicated right-of-way in the middle of the street instead. (The Transport Politic)
"Rock star panel" discusses cycling: WashCycle
and Streetsblog DC
summarize last night's panel featuring musician and cycling advocate David Byrne, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, and NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. Blumenauer is pushing for bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue. Sadik-Khan is launching a NACTO initiative
to get bike infrastructure into the official manuals of allowable road designs.
A new Streetfilm explains Portland's bicycle boulevards
, streets where bicycles get priority and traffic generally travels at bike speeds, and advocates for some in NYC. Ben W writes, "How about doing some bicycle boulevards in DC, starting with 10th Street NW?"
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