Breakfast links: Better pedestrian environments
New crosswalks in Lincoln Park: DDOT recently installed raised crosswalks with bright signs and pavement markings to ease pedestrian access to Lincoln Park. This will undoubtedly ease the walk to the controversial CaBi station just off the northeast corner of the park. (TBD, Eric Fidler)
Arlington police step up enforcement: On Monday, Arlington County Police were out ticketing drivers and pedestrians, as part of MWCOG's Street Smart program. Yesterday the police cited 33 drivers for infractions from failing to yield to pedestrians to blocking the intersection. (TBD)
A green street in PG: Edmonston, a small city in Prince George's County, unveiled its rebuilt main drag yesterday. Decatur Street has been narrowed, had bike lanes added, and includes new trees, rain gardens to filter runoff, permeable sidewalks, and wind-powered lights. (Post, Geoff H.)
Arlington's streetcar old and new: In late 19th century Arlington, a canal was replaced by a streetcar. This later became a bus, but could soon be replaced again by a modern streetcar. (ARLnow, Madison)
Credit card payment at more Metro lots: WMATA will soon expand credit-card payment to more of its parking lots. Currently, at most lots drivers must pay for parking with SmarTrip cards. (WMATA, Gavin)
New LEED to incorporate transportation: The proposed new LEED standards will consider a building's transit service frequency as well as its limit on parking. This will make the "greenwashing" of sprawl more difficult. (Ped Shed, Eric Fidler)
Free parking in Eugene not working as hoped: Five weeks after Eugene, Oregon removed the meters from its downtown area, businesses are saying that it's not helping business, and the $500,000 in lost meter revenue probably should have gone to marketing their already free parking garage. (KEZI, Michael Perkins)
Robocars by 2026 or not?: Tim Lee and Ryan Avent debate whether self-driving cars will become a reality by 2026. Lee says the technical challenges, while surmountable, will take a long time, and liability and regulation will create even bigger obstacles; Avent thinks the economic value will push progress and whatever legal changes are necessary.
Regions and neighborhoods more important than cities?: One DC environmental writer dismisses the differences among separate jurisdictions in the same metropolitan area. Though environmental issues are regional, tax rates and the quality of schools depend on jurisdictional lines. (Sustainable Cities Collective, Eric Fidler)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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