On Bike-To-Work Day, calls for more protected bike lanes

TRANSPORTATION | This morning, a group of cyclists formed a human-protected bike lane on a block of DC’s 14th Street to demonstrate the need for more bike lanes. The region has been ranked among the top biking cities in the US, but cyclists say that progress is slow on creating the lanes and other initiatives to keep them safe. (WAMU, 5/18)

The difficulty now is that in many places, transportation planners have done the easy stuff, painting bike lanes on streets that could easily fit them…in Arlington, the county has “picked the low hanging fruit” in terms of bike infrastructure. The next steps are going to be harder: “They’re going to take more money, they’re going to take more political capital.”

In D.C., Jeff Marootian, director of the District Department of Transportation, used similar words to explain why D.C. is averaging only three or four new miles of bike lanes a year, rather than the ten miles envisioned by its transportation master plan. “While we’ve been able to accomplish those that are easier, those that are more complex, more complicated, just require us to do a little more detailed work, which is what we’re doing.”

HEALTH | The administration has proposed cutting federal funding from clinics that provide or refer patients for abortions and are recipients of the Title X program. (NPR, 5/18)

HOMELESSNESS | DC’s Friendship Place launches a regional homelessness prevention program with the help of Amazon’s million-dollar donation (Street Sense, 5/16)

YOUTH | Eric Braxton, executive director of the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing, discusses why funders should invest in youth organizing. (PND Blog, 5/16)

ENVIRONMENT | How climate change can negatively impact historical documents and other rare materials. (Citylab, 5/17)

HOUSING | A new analysis by District, Measured found that most of the people renting DC’s luxury apartments are young, single individuals with relatively high salaries who are new to the city. (Urban Turf, 5/17)

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