Breakfast links: Thumbs up
Photo by Caron Whitaker, America Bikes.
Bike bits: Ray LaHood gives DC/Arlington bike sharing the thumbs up (CommuterPageBlog) ... Bikes will cost $155/month to operate, but revenues could cover costs after about 5 years (Examiner) ... Ashley Halsey interviews new WABA Executive Director Shane Farthing. (Here's our interview.)
Metro morsels: Metro will soon release the first "vital signs report" tracking progress against various goals (Examiner) ... They are casting a wide net to find a great GM candidate, including great managers without a transit background (Post) ... The Kojo Politics Hour hosts WMATA Board Chair Peter Benjamin and Congressman Gerry Connolly today.
More pipes breaking in the future?: A broken water main snarled traffic on New York Ave Wednesday. And unless WASA gets more money from the feds and customers, these are likely to keep happening a lot more often. (Post, DeBonis)
Gated alleys?: Baltimore has begun fencing in alleys to provide a safe haven and a neighborhood meeting place. But is this making neighborhoods safer or just making public space private? (Post via Baltimore Brew)
SeePostFix: The Post has partnered with SeeClickFix, whose site lets people report problems and get them to government officials. The Post calls their site "The Daily Gripe" and will feature one issue each day. (We also list SeeClickFix issues on the sidebar.)
Bike and charge: Nokia has created a bike-powered phone charger. It'll initially release it in Kenya, then go worldwide later in the year. Will this help bike commuting or lead to distracted biking? (Wired)
And...: Should U Street get a liquor license moratorium? Left for LeDroit says no ... Shaw leaders reject a project for 7th and R because it's too small (Housing Complex) ... DC is one of 9 cities awarded a grant to install a network of electric vehicle charging stations. (ars technica, andrew)
Thanks, Mike!: Mike DeBonis analyzes the Gray streetcar escapade, and calls us an "influential blog ... the de facto ringleader of a group of smart, dedicated transit and planning activists." It wouldn't be possible without all of our terrific contributors and amazing community of commenters and readers. (Post)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Without a streetcar, what's next for Columbia Pike, technically and politically?
- Transit projects are stuck between people who want to spend less money and people who want to spend more
- BREAKING: Arlington cancels the Columbia Pike streetcar
- The pop-up debate in Lanier Heights pits "property rights" against "neighborhood character"
- Is sidewalk cycling really dangerous, or just scary, like a roller coaster?
- DC will force property owners to shovel sidewalks, with higher fines for bigger and commercial buildings
- A bike-ped trail is in the works for New York Ave NE