Rolling stops in Loudoun: The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office ticketed a number of cyclists last weekend who were participating in a muscular sclerosis charity event. In defending the citations for riders in the event who had slowed to 1 mph at a stop sign, Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson noted that “[t]hey forget the fact that they’re sharing that road with motor vehicles.” More than 700 cyclists participated in the event. (Loudoun Extra, Pat O, Cavan, Gavin Baker, ah)
Pedestrians are traffic too: For the first time, the Montgomery County planning department’s Highway Mobility Report, which analyzes congestion at 130 intersections across Montgomery, also counted pedestrians, who until recently were often given short shrift in discussions about how to make roads and intersections safer and more efficient. “We wanted to make sure we were accounting for all different modes of travel,” said Dan Hardy, transportation planning supervisor for the county’s Department of Park and Planning. (Post)
Oil prices jumping: Cementing the recent trend reversal, prices of sweet crude passed the $71-a-barrel mark, more than double its low of $30 a barrel from four months ago. Some analysts are predicting $250-a-barrel oil in the future. Noted GGW tipper Steve, “If it goes there, new Metro alignments won’t look so expensive.” (Guardian, Steve)
(Near) naked: The fourth-annual “Naked Bike Ride” (potentially NSFW) to protest oil dependency will take place
today Saturday 6/13 at 3pm, beginning at Franklin Square. In contrast to sponsors of the ride in other, less conservative cities, local organizers have stated that “riders are asked to conform to the DC laws, which means stopping just short of the ‘full Monty.’” (WashCycle, Lynda)
Camera data in MoCo: Supporters of the always-controversial speed cameras in Montgomery County have produced auto-fatality data to argue for the devices’ continued existence. This year, to date, nine people have died in traffic collisions, a number which is roughly half the number from the same period in each of 2008 or 2007. “This is not a blip on the radar. This is long-lasting, profound effects on our roadways,” said Police Captain John Damskey, before continuing, “[t]hey’ve got to be playing a part.” (WTOP)
Miami-Dade Car-way The Miami-Dade busway is on the verge of being opened up to cars in order to fill a budget gap. An oft-ignored drawback of busways over other fixed-guideway transit corridors is that, once paved, there may be considerable political pressure to open them up to cars. (Miami Herald via The Overhead Wire, Cavan)
And … Froggie has a number of photos from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge trail opening (Va Highways) … After finding additional sponsors—Comcast and the Trust for the National Mall—HBO has announced that Screen on the Green will not be cancelled after all, just shortened (DCist) … It’s the summer, so, as usual, a number of streets will be closed this weekend, this time for the “Lawyers Have a Heart” Race and the “Capital Pride Festival.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.