Afternoon links: Bridge over political waters
Ervin flip-flops on bridge:
Montgomery Councilmember Valerie Ervin has reversed her position
and now supports a million-dollar bridge to connect a parking garage to the new, over-budget Silver Spring library. Residents rightly worry the bridge will decrease street activity. (TBD)
Feel the power of local cyclists:
Months after getting into trouble with local cyclists for statements against bike infrastructure, Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH) has become the first Republican cosponsor
of a complete streets bill. (Bike League)
Crowdsourcing Metro station names:
Playing on Metro's notorious station name logorrhoea, TBD asked readers to submit their own station name alternatives
. Take the Green Line to "Waterfront/DDOT/1950s Urban Renewal/M St/Ft McNair/Arena Stage/Marinas/Titanic Memorial/kthxbai".
TBD editor has frustrating pedestrian experience:
A driver nearly hit a jogger while the jogger had the right of way. The jogger yelled at the driver. Metro-Venture saw the incident
. It turns out the jogger was TBD editor Erik Wemple
Parking 18% more people in the same space:
NYC changed two streets in Park Slope
, Brooklyn from fixed-rate to variable-rate parking with a $1.50/hour price ceiling (still a bargain). Parking times decreased 17% and 23%, the total number of unique vehicles parked increased 17% and 18%, and the overall space occupancy stayed the same. With less hunting for parking, traffic volumes decreased 5% and 9% percent. (Streetsblog)
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