Breakfast links: Going up
Photo by Darren Hester on Flickr.
The magic of sharing data:
Boston has embraced open data
, now sharing bus locations in real time as well as schedules. At a recent meeting with software developers, one person built an app just during the lunch break, which soon became a phone app. And a real-time display in a Jamaica Plain ice cream shop is drawing more customers. (Marketplace, Sand Box John)
Metro PD bravery:
5 Metro police officers ran into a burning condo building
near the Naylor Road station on April 9th and rescued several residents, including an elderly woman and a woman in a wheelchair. (via PoP
DC drivers really are ignorant:
GMAC surveyed drivers
on their knowledge of rules of the road. It turns out many of us wouldn't be able to pass the drivers test today. DC is the
third-worst (behind NJ and
NY); MD is
20th and VA is
28th. (For the Portlandophiles: Oregon is
2nd.) (via Streetsblog
, Stephen Miller). Update: I originally had the 2008 rankings. Thanks to Steven Yates for the correction.
DDOT is using rubber slabs
instead of brick or concrete on some sidewalks, including on Rhode Island Avenue around North Capital. Rubber appears to be more durable and growing tree roots don't create tripping hazards as they do on concrete or brick. (WUSA9, Matthias)
Lord Jesus Christ hit in crosswalk:
One Northampton, MA driver doesn't even stop for the Lord
... or at least a pedestrian whose legal name is "Lord Jesus Christ." (WBZ)
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