Bicyclist killed because he was riding in the road?
A driver hit and killed a cyclist near Hollywood, St. Mary’s County, in Southern Maryland. In their preliminary statement, authorities actually blame the bicyclist for “traveling in the main roadway, rather than on the shoulder.” WashCycle notes that it’s indeed illegal to ride in the road when there’s a shoulder in St. Mary’s County, but riding in the road is the safer behavior; really, the cyclist died because the driver didn’t see him. The article’s lede also goes through the usual linguistic contortions including the phantom driverless car and use of passive voice. (Post, Ward 1 Guy) (Tip: Ward 1 Guy)Twitter
Sustainable transportation program is not sustainable
Maryland has a “Sustainable Transportation Corridor” program to encourage intergovernmental cooperation on transportation. But MDOT has not been enthusiastic about calls to make Wisconsin Avenue and Rockville Pike one of those corridors through Bethesda and Rockville, as Councilmember Roger Berliner has been pushing. New MDOT chief Beverly
Beverley Swaim-Staley told Friends of White Flint they were developing yet another type of corridor study, a “green corridor,” but there’s no money available to study anything. (FLOG) Twitter
Down from the summit on texting
Ashley Halsey summarizes last week’s distracted driving summit. While everyone agrees that texting and driving don’t mix, there hasn’t been a consistent strategy implemented to cut down on this dangerous practice. Many public officials are looking to enact penalties, similar to previous drunk driving and seatbelt campaigns. (Post, Cavan) (Tip: Cavan)Twitter