Breakfast links: Senatorial outrage
Mikulski wants a change: Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) lambasted Metro management for safety and oversight problems at a Senate hearing yesterday. In response, Jim Graham announced that a management shake-up is coming soon. Can Mikulski next please get mad about all the seniors getting killed by cars and insist that regional DOTs do something? (Post)
Coburn "doesn't get bikes": In strongly-worded language, a blogger lambastes Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) for his constant diatribes against spending stimulus dollars on anything that makes biking and walking safer. That wouldn't be unusual, except that blogger is Ray LaHood, US Transportation Secretary. (Fast Lane)
Not enough time for peds and drivers: DDOT added a pedestrian crossing at New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road, but the change created big traffic jams. DDOT will tweak the timing to try to improve things. (Post, Joey) Any ideas? Some WTOP commenters suggest a button-actuated signal.
How about an app for that: Scientists derived the formula for exactly how long a parallel parking space needs to be for you to fit. Drivers probably can't do the multiple square roots in their heads, though. (Telegraph)
Ticket yourself: Ruth Samuelson is on the case of a parking enforcement officer caught parking in a bike lane. (Housing Complex)
Bike into the office: New York's bikes in buildings law goes into effect today. Any building with a freight elevator has to let employees bring bikes into the building. Let's bring the law to DC too. (NY Times)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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