Morning links: Out of the road
Bus tragedy: A small tour bus full of Pennsylvania parents and children careened over the edge of a fly-over and fell onto I-270. The driver was killed and several others injured. The passengers had spent the day at the National Zoo. (WTOP)
Keeping bike racks off Pennsylvania: Why are there no bike racks on America's Main Street? The National Park Service again, which even controls the sidewalks in front of the Wilson building. Racks would also require NCPC and CFA approval. (Housing Complex)
Vision on the SW Waterfront: The master plan for the Southwest Waterfront was unveiled last night at Arena Stage. The ambitious plans are impressive but may invoke resistance from neighborhood residents. (Southwest TLQTC, Housing Complex)
Opposing comes at a cost: DC will have to spend $400,000 as a result of opposing a homeless shelter on Georgia Avenue (Housing Complex) ... Meanwhile, the Manassas has to spend $70,000 to establish a policy against sex shops in most areas. (TBD)
Food trucks roll around for another article: The Post looks at food truck politics, including how far trucks have to stay away from brick-and-mortar competitors. (Post, Eric Fidler) ... Wasn't there a City Paper cover story on this just a week ago?
Fishing for tows: A towing company is aggressively towing in locations around Arlington. Is this predatory or just enforcing the law? (ARLnow)
Google the Shweeb: Google recently awarded $1 million to a recumbent bike monorail called the Shweeb, in the "Innovation in Public Transport" category of its Project 10
100 grant program. TheCityFix calls the award "wasteful" and "less financially responsible" than promoting better bike and bus lane concepts. (Planetizen, TheCityFix, Eric Fidler)
And in Oregon...: Eugene has removed its downtown parking meters, implementing a two-hour time limit instead. (The Columbian, Michael P) ... A group in Portland offers to fill potholes on your street if you donate to charity. (Portland Tribune, Eric Fidler) ... GOOD has a video on Portand TriMet's efforts to make their data open. (YouTube, Ed B.)
Cities in focus: Tonight at EMBARQ, David is speaking on a panel about sustainable transportation practices in cities, along with Gabe Klein and NYC DOT's Jon Orcutt.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- 2.5 minutes of extra walking is not nothing
- The Dutch government is trolling DC over marijuana, bike lanes, and streetcars
- I can take the bus from my neighborhood to just about anywhere in DC
- How two families dealt with Metro problems and other transportation options in the snow
- Cities worldwide are building beautiful, landmark pedestrian and bicycle bridges. Could Georgetown be next?
- DC like Amsterdam? We can only hope
- Sidewalk snow shoveling hall of shame: "DC government is the worst offender" (and Arlington too)