Breakfast links: How to talk about mobility
Transportation alternatives a social justice issue: The politics of alternative transportation modes have become divisive in DC. We need to remind ourselves and others that sustainable transportation options is a basic social justice issue. (RPUS)
Cycling with the right: A Virginia Republican cyclist offers a crash course in talking to conservative politicians about cycling. Remember, you want to ride a bike, but don't care how other people live their lives. (Commute by Bike)
Klein restored transportation balance: Dr. Gridlock defends Gabe Klein against a very whiny letter writer who laments that trips in and out of our "commuter city" are far more difficult because of Klein and his boss. (Post)
Assault on red line, train operator does nothing: After some teens assaulted a man on the Red Line, riders reported it using the emergency call box, but the operator did nothing, nor did an employee on the platform at the next station. (TBD)
Developments at Walter Reed: The GSA has relinquished its claim to 30 acres on the Walter Reed campus. Maybe now the city can fit a bus garage, or a relocated juvenile detention and rehab center, as Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin (D) has proposed, when they take over the site next year. (Post, Cavan)
The rich have it tough: After taxes, retirement & college savings, health care, and every other imaginable expense, including $5,000/year for house cleaning, an area family making $250,000 would have only $12,000 in "discretionary income." The article assumes this family owns two cars and drives them to work every day. (Post, Dave R.)
DC's parking tax a sticky political situation: Some DC residents and pols have suggested raising the parking tax to help close the city's budget gap. The city's parking lobby, though, is well organized and has a history of making its voice heard. (Post)
Alexandria's new waterfront plan: Tonight at the waterfront United Way building, Alexandria will reveal plans to build a new pier at the end of King Street, hoping to create a new public space to draw people to the riverfront from Old Town. (WAMU)
And...: Arlington rejected a request by two companies to put more cabs on the street. (Post) ... After a year-long saga, Hank's Oyster Bar in Dupont has won permission to expand. (Borderstan) ... Is it irresponsible for parents to transport their children by bike? The Ethicist says no. (NYT, Eric Fidler)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- Without a streetcar, what's next for Columbia Pike, technically and politically?
- Transit projects are stuck between people who want to spend less money and people who want to spend more
- BREAKING: Arlington cancels the Columbia Pike streetcar
- The pop-up debate in Lanier Heights pits "property rights" against "neighborhood character"
- Is sidewalk cycling really dangerous, or just scary, like a roller coaster?
- DC will force property owners to shovel sidewalks, with higher fines for bigger and commercial buildings
- A bike-ped trail is in the works for New York Ave NE