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Design from Juri Zaech on Behance.
Do fast bikes mix with pedestrians?: In the wake of a cyclist killing a jogger in Dallas, Tom Vanderbilt wonders if it wouldn't be better for fast-moving cyclists to stick to the road instead of multi-use paths. (How We Drive, Rob Pitingolo)

Brooklyn cyclist fatally doored: A motorist in Brooklyn opened his door into the path of a cyclist, knocking him off his bike and into the path of an oncoming truck. (NYT)

Your name here: A designer has envisioned a bike frame shaped like a cursive-letter name. Cyclists will really be able to one up those drivers with vanity plates. (Behance)

There, I fixed it: At a cost of $70 million, VDOT will eliminate traffic signals where Fairfax County Parkway crosses Monument Drive and Fair Lakes Parkway and construct an interchange with ramps. Slowly but surely, Fairfax County Parkway has been built as Virginia's half of the "Second Beltway." (Dr. Gridlock)

Automated opposition: Behold the "Nimby robot" saving Berkeley from nefarious "special interests"! (via Planetizen, Eric Fidler)

Federal sustainability partnership makes good: NRDC's Kaid Benfield wraps up all the grant announcements coming out of the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities members, USDOT, HUD and EPA, totaling more that three quarters of a billion dollars in federal aid. (Switchboard)

Historic VA church burns: A historic Episcopal chapel at the Virginia Theological Seminary was destroyed in a fire that started Friday afternoon. (WTOP)

Unemployment up and down: Unemployment rose slightly in Maryland, while it fell slightly in DC and Virginia in September. Virginia and Maryland are still both significantly below the national average of 9.6% while DC remains just above. (WTOP)

Favorite streets in DC: In honor of DDOT's new complete streets policy, We Love DC lists their five favorite streets in the District. (We Love DC, Rob Pitingolo)

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Erik Weber has been living car-free in the District since 2009. Hailing from the home of the nation's first Urban Growth Boundary, Erik has been interested in transit since spending summers in Germany as a kid where he rode as many buses, trains and streetcars as he could find. Views expressed here are Erik's alone. 

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I don't necessarily lament the fact that they are building an interchange at fair lakes. What I do lament is the fact that even with the interchange it will still be a bottleneck because of the incredibly poor land use decisions at fairlakes. The area is large enough to where you could have a great little town with functioning street grid with mixed residential and retail but instead it seems like they made every sprawl related mistake in the book.

by Canaan on Oct 23, 2010 3:30 pm • linkreport

Also I don't view the parkway as a second beltway so much as a sort of mid-county north south rte. Along with rte. 28 and 495 those if you're planning on traveling from south to north or vice versa those 3 roads are going to likely your main route. I think its only relatively recent the roads are like this because up until a few years ago the main commuting patterns went from Fairfax to DC whereas now someone who lives in springfield or centreville is just as likely to work in Reston or tysons as they would DC.

by Canaan on Oct 23, 2010 3:37 pm • linkreport

I heart Nimby Robot.

by Tim on Oct 23, 2010 4:36 pm • linkreport

Concur with Canaan...both posts.

by Froggie on Oct 23, 2010 4:43 pm • linkreport

Let me then concur with Froggie's one post ;-)

by Jasper on Oct 23, 2010 6:15 pm • linkreport

I concur with the first half of Jasper's post.

(C'mon, let's see how efficiently we can streamline this!)

by cminus on Oct 23, 2010 6:46 pm • linkreport

I am skeptical that the bike frame consisting of two disconnected components will perform well on the road.

by David desJardins on Oct 23, 2010 7:41 pm • linkreport

The Fairlakes interchange is sorely needed, but until they get rid of the lights at Popes Head Rd and Burke Center Pkwy, and roads south of there, it is still going to be a horrible right during rush hour. Popes Head is especially frustrating given little east/west traffic there is there and how short the light cycle is.

by Jordan on Oct 23, 2010 7:43 pm • linkreport

@Jordan, ha, I usually take pope's head to the parkway to get to work. I agree that its sort of a dumb light to have but I don't know how one would attempt to fix it since and overpass would be way overkill.

by Canaan on Oct 24, 2010 2:36 am • linkreport

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