Coffee Time! Bikes, Pedestrians & Stinky Sewerage in Today’s Local News
First, the sad news that a bicyclist was fatally hit by a Bladensburg police car over the weekend. Here’s the WaPo story.
Speaking of bike safety, Borderstan offers a photo montage of street signs added along side the new 15th St. NW bike lane.
Meanwhile, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty has a little problem on his hands thanks to his bicycling passion. Surely some District residents are overjoyed that their mayor has a healthy passtime for blowing off steam and maintaining his personal “sustainablity,” unlikely some … ehr, previous office holders, but should DC taxpayers be saddled with the bill for Fenty’s police escort? It doesn’t look good for the mayor, coming as it does after pool-o-gate, in which city officials installed a heater in the city outdoor pool where Fenty happens to swim.
Urban Places and Spaces offers a more policy-centric take on the mayor-on-a-bike phenomenon.
Given the recent bike fatality, you may ask: is it safer to walk than peddle? WaPo reports today that the DC region has received only middling marks in pedestrian safety from the just released national “pedestrian safety index.”
Here’s a link to the index.
Speaking of where DC pedsters should fear to tread, the City Fix has this post on pedestrian peril at U Street & Florida Avenue. NW
Finally, Frozen Tropics has this sink bomb buried halfway down the page in a post about the ANC 5B meeting last week: “a broken sewer line in the National Arboretum. It turns out that this line broke 6 months ago, but there was no public notice, and it was leaking raw sewage directly into a tributary of the Anacostia River. WASA repaired the break, but another break occurred recently. Again, there was no public notice of this sewer line break.”
Posted on November 10, 2009, in DC green and tagged bike safety, biking, cycaling, DC government, Fenty, National Arboretum, pedestrian safety, pedestrians, sewerage. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.