Posts Tagged ‘Bikes’

Drivers And Cyclists Should Probably Switch Places Occasionally

I was a little miffed that WTOP brought in a editor—the website for cars—to be the sole voice in a radio hit about the ongoing battle between cyclists and cars. Still, Carroll Lachnit, who says she also bikes, was pleasantly surprising in her comments. She offered good tips to drivers for how to avoid endangering [...]

365 Days In The Life Of A Locked Bike

Weird/cool video alert: The Atlantic Cities has a time-lapse video from an ad agency that locked a bike to a rack in New York City on Jan. 1 of last year and photographed it daily as it was dissembled by New Yorkers. It took five months before anyone even swiped anything—the water bottle.
Though we occasionally [...]

Why Bikeshare Data Doesn’t Speak for Everyone on a Bike

Sound the data siren: Virginia Tech's released a study about Capital Bikeshare, "A Closer Look at Casual Users and Operations"! Though there's one surprising nugget—51.33 percent of Bikeshare riders are female, while only around 30 percent of cyclists in the District in total are female—the other statistics are probably what one would expect: 78.17 percent [...]

Republicans Hate Your Bike

You know who else—besides angry drivers—hates bicyclists? Republicans! Writes Washington City Paper alum Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones:
The federal government spends about $40 billion a year on transportation projects. Of that, about $928 million has been devoted to what's known as a "transportation enhancement" program, which provides funding for projects—including rails-to-trails conversions, bike lanes and bridges—that make [...]

The Needle: Torch Song Edition

Mosquitos Will Kill You: Itching and scratching is no longer the worst possible consequence of spending too much time outside without a proper dousing of DEET first. City health officials say they've identified West Nile virus in mosquitos in the District. There's only a real danger for about one in 150 people who gets bitten [...]

The Needle: More Marijuana Edition

Damn The Torpedoes: The Department of Justice recently reminded federal law enforcement authorities that marijuana is illegal in the U.S., no matter what laws cities or states might pass to the contrary. Here in the District, that might have threatened a nascent medical marijuana program—except Mayor Vince Gray has apparently decided he doesn't care what [...]

Morning Roundup: Drunk Biking Edition

It's that time again, readers. Yep, it's Friday, everybody's favorite day of the week. Let's take a look at what's going on in the world.
In addition to today being Friday, it's also April 23—Shakespeare's birthday. And his deathday, 52 years later. That's right, Shakespeare was born and he died on the same day. Though the [...]

Bicyclist Struck Purposely By Motorist in Bloomingdale

From the Bike Washington listserv via WashCycle blog:
I unfortunately had the awful experience of being hit by a car on my commute home this evening. The details are as follows: Around 5:50 PM I was riding along First St. NW with other commuters. We crossed over Florida Ave and a car came in behind me, [...]

Chief Cathy Lanier: The True Victim Of Fenty’s Latest Scandal

Don't you pity D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier? Murders are way down. And she's stuck defending Fenty's latest mini scandal. This past week, WTOP broke the news on Fenty's police-escorted bike training sessions. During his training, Fenty was able to ride wherever with the help of some D.C. Police motorcycle cops. This has provoked widespread [...]

Tomorrow’s Ride of Silence to Honor Killed Cyclists Alice Swanson, Ian Wolfe, Brent Hurd

D.C. cyclists are planning a local route as part of the national Ride of Silence tomorrow that will pass the places where Alice Swanson and Ian Wolfe died, as well as American Univeristy, where Brent Hurd, killed while cycling in India, taught.
The ride will start at 7 p.m. at the Jefferson Memorial and will be [...]

What Was That Guy Thinking? He Tells Us….

or at least he tells Brightest Young Things.
That's right: The guy that we put on our cover story about helmet use last week has been located. You remember him—he's the guy that we photographed from the rear, on a blue bike. Carrying a helmet—not on his head, but rather around the hip area. We posed [...]

Mike DeBonis: A Man on a Mission

LL Columnist and City Paper's rare hope for up-close coverage, Mike DeBonis, reports he is about to begin his journey. That journey? To debunk the naysayers who say you can't get within spitting distance of the swearing-in of America's First Black President AND watch the parade from sweet digs at the John A. Wilson Building.
IN [...]

How to Use the Inagural Bike Valet

Tomorrow, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association will be running Inauguration Day bike valet stations from 7 am to 5 pm.
If you're interested in having the cycling-supporters park and guard your ride while you hang with Obama, one of the two stations will be located north of the National Mall at 16th St. NW between K [...]

Not Using the Inaugural Bike Valet? You Can Still Park Your Cycle

Yesterday, the Washington City Paper's own Darrow Montgomery asked an important question in the comments section of a post focusing on the flood of RSVPs (as of now, over 1,300) the Washington Area Bicycle Association has received for its Inaug-Day bicycle-parking service: "What happens to bikes locked up outside these areas?"
Seeking an answer, City Desk [...]

Bike Valet Station Coming to Inauguration 2009?

Update: It's on. Find out how to use the inaugural bike valet here
The Washington Area Bicycle Association's Henry Mesias says a 2:30 meeting between the organization and the District Department of Transportation yesterday, in which plans to allow WABA to set up a bike valet station for Inauguration Day were discussed, "went well."  But [...]