SmartBike. Photo by afagen on Flickr.

Urban-cool: “The District’s urban-cool inferiority complex [is] officially over,” says the Post, because now we have a bicycle sharing program. Via City Desk. One Examiner writer manages to find a hypothetical cloud amidst all this silver lining.

Good for you and popular too: Eric Gilliland of WABA appeared on Kojo yesterday with Rutgers Professor John Pucher. They discussed the fact that one hour of biking adds more than one hour to your life expectancy, the way children in Europe receive training on safe cycling and drivers are taught how to not hit cyclists, and their disappointment that MPD hasn’t issued a report, let alone filed charges, on the death of Alice Swanson. Via Richard Layman.

Great local bike mashup: Capital Bikeways is a Google Maps mashup showing bike routes and trails (more up-to-date than the official map), SmartBike locations, user-annotated trouble spots and more. Via WashCycle.

New lanes in Petworth: The southbound lane on 5th Street in Petworth was just striped, reports Petworth News. Its northbound partner on 7th is soon to follow.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.