Breakfast links: Motion in Maryland
Why Maryland kids don't walk or bike: Many Maryland schools are discouraging kids from walking and biking, raising busing costs and hurting health. Some schools are hard to reach by bike, but other principals just worry about liability or the districts hadn't thought about it much at all. (Examiner)
Two PG Metro board members named: Governor O'Malley named Maryland Port Commissioner Alvin Nichols while Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker named Artis Hampshire-Cowan, a Howard University VP, to the WMATA Board. (Dr. Gridlock)
Residents want station shuttered: A group of Linthicum, Md residents want their light rail station closed citing concerns about growing crime. Crime at the station grew from 0 to 1 a few weeks ago. (WBAL Baltimore)
Biddle knocks off Patterson, not Weaver or Mara: Sekou Biddle's ballot challenges succeeded in disqualifying Jacques Patterson's candidacy but not Patrick Mara's. Bryan Weaver needs to get forms from 52 voters whose addresses didn't match the voter rolls by Thursday to stay on. (Four26)
Park Police confront food trucks: Last week the US Park Police shut down all of the food trucks around Farragut Square until MPD intervened and said that they were operating legally. (DCist)
National Bike Summit comes to town: Over the next two days, bicycle advocates from across the country will discuss ways to improve the state of cycling and cycling infrastructure in the US. (Streetsblog Capitol Hill)
DC's AIDS progress slipping: At a time when the city's largest of needle exchange program recently shuttered and Congress wants to defund all such programs anyway, a new report shows that DC is losing ground in its efforts to fight the AIDS epidemic. (Post)
And...: The DC metropolitan region is now the 9th largest in the country. (UrbanTurf) ... A baseball fan wants the people of NYC to "take back the Mets" including upzoning and filling in the wasted space around Citi Field in Flushing. (ESPN) ... A Detroit group is promoting light rail plans in the Motor City with rap and Legos. (TrainsDownTheMiddle)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
- The Dutch government is trolling DC over marijuana, bike lanes, and streetcars
- Terrorism fear takes over security at the Library of Congress
- 33% of Metro rail trips stay within one city or county. Where are they?
- How two families dealt with Metro problems and other transportation options in the snow
- In Chicago, you can charter your own L train
- 2.5 minutes of extra walking is not nothing
- How well do you know Metro? It's whichWMATA week 41