Responding to a couple letters from readers, Dr. Gridlock clarifies that while it’s true cyclists have just as much a right to road space as automobiles do, he would advise against exercising that right stubbornly in the face of an irrational motorist. (Post)
BART has farecard cheating problem
After media outlets in San Francisco described how to cheat BART to the tune of up to $10 per trip using negative balances, the number of people doing it quadrupled. But BART says there’s no reason to fix the problem. (The Transit Wire, Matt’) (Tip: Matt')
How walkable is your VA or MD city?
Walk Score added walkability “heat maps” for the 2,500 largest cities in the US. In the DC region, that includes Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax City, Herndon, Leesburg, Manassas, Vienna, Bowie, College Park, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Laurel, New Carrollton, Rockville, and Takoma Park. Unfortunately, walkable places like Bethesda, Silver Spring, Tysons Corner, and Reston aren’t included (yet) because they aren’t “cities.” (Neither is Arlington, though.)
Why is urbanism liberal?
Shouldn’t libertarians and conservatives love removing parking minimums, adding density, and market-priced road tolls? Market Urbanism argues that it’s because liberals are the ones arguing for these policies, and they use liberal-sounding arguments to do so. Plus, planners don’t use free market solutions that often, like eschewing both parking minimums and maximums. (I’d add that nobody really follows a completely coherent political philosophy.)
When a man boarded a Portland bus with a ghost bike, the driver, suspecting it was stolen, confronted the man, eventually convincing him to leave the bike on the bus. Now it can be returned to its memorial position. (Bike Portland, Matt’) (Tip: Matt')
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