Afternoon links: Seen through a lens
New cameras coming: DC is close to launching a variety of new traffic cameras that will catch failing to stop at stop signs, blocking the box, or failing to yield to pedestrians. They will also be more mobile, so police can move them to high-danger areas. (TBD On Foot) ... I'm sure Lon Anderson is already cranking out the angry press releases.
Visting a better transit system: A blogger visits another transit system and marvels at the "excellent and highly-legible signage," clean trains and attractive architecture. The blogger was from San Francisco and they were visiting, and envying, our excellent Washington Metro. (SFist)
CaBi: Try it, you'll like it: A man describes how, since introducing his 67 year-old father to Capital Bikeshare, his father continues to use it for all of his errands. The man hadn't ridden a bike in 37 years. (Bikes For The Rest Of Us)
Loh more open on Purple Line: New UMD President Wallace Loh wants to make the Purple Line happen, unlike his predecessor Dan Mote who fought it tooth and nail. He's open to the Campus Drive alignment Mote resisted, but hasn't taken a firm stance yet. (The Diamondback, Cavan)
Can you do better for Ike?: Not satisfied with Frank Gehry's proposals for the Eisenhower Memorial, the National Civic Art Society is organizing a competition "to create a counterproposal" for the memorial.
Hine gets smaller, loses Shakespeare and Tiger: The planned redevelopment of Hine Elementary School on Capitol Hill has been scaled back by more than 10% and has lost key partners the Tiger Woods Foundation, the Shakespeare Theater Company and IRD. It will have less office space and more residences. (EMMCA, David C)
Move the region forward through meetings: Want to shape the region's future, if indirectly? The Region Forward coalition is looking for representatives from organizations and communities to work alongside local officials.
McCain doesn't want you to bike to the airport: What's with John McCain's vendetta against bicycling? Now he's inserted a provision in the FAA reauthorization to prohibit airports spending any of the money they get from passenger fees for bike parking, even though it would be a tiny piece of an airport's huge budget. (Streetsblog Network)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- The Dutch government is trolling DC over marijuana, bike lanes, and streetcars
- 2.5 minutes of extra walking is not nothing
- How two families dealt with Metro problems and other transportation options in the snow
- I can take the bus from my neighborhood to just about anywhere in DC
- 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)