Weekend links: Adding bike laws and infrastructure
New bike laws in Maryland: The new Maryland bike laws which took effect on Friday include fines of up to $500 for motorists who pass within 3 feet of cyclists. (Post, Eric Fidler, Steve O)
Georgetown CaBi stations: Despite having announced "final" station locations months ago, DDOT is still negotiating the location for at least one of the stations in Georgetown. Two other stations should be installed in the next two weeks. (Georgetown Metropolitan)
Floating around: Several cities around the country have installed "floating" bike lanes to accommodate cyclists on roads with flexible parking/travel lanes. Could these kinds of lanes be used in DC, perhaps on M Street in SE/SW? (Lexington, KY)
More superhighways: After the success of its first two, London is adding two more "Cycle Superhighways" from its outer neighborhoods into the city center. (BikeRadar)
Hard to hail a cab: DC cab drivers discriminate against single riders and Arlington residents partly because the current rate structure creates an incentive to do so. (Diary of a Mad DC Cabbie)
Getting schooled in Washington: At 47.3% the DC metropolitan area has the highest rate of residents with college degrees. Nationally the rate is 24.4% and in the District it's 39.1%. Even still, a third of DC residents are barely literate while Northern Virginia schools have been increasing their high school graduation rates and closing the rate gap between white and minority students. (CNN via We Love DC, Post, Eric Fidler)
One less Michael Brown: Arlington County Manager Michael Brown has resigned his post after only four months, citing the need to care for his ailing wife. (ARLnow)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- DC has almost no white residents without college degrees. (It's a different story for black residents.)
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- Metro badly needs culture change, everyone agrees. Can it pull it off?
- VRE's map keeps getting more diagrammatic
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