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D.C. mayor proposes amending bike-ped safety law

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:47:38 EST

Most of the changes are trivial or semantic, such as replacing the word "accident" with "crash" or "rate" with "frequency". Others seem to be clearing up an oversight such as changing a requirement about reporting on pedestrian crashes to also include bicyclists. But there are some other, more substantive changes as well. -- December 2, 2016, WashCycle

D.C. is telling us more about blocked sidewalks, car crashes

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:04:04 EST

DC has created a map that shows where it has issued permits to block sidewalks and bike lanes for construction projects, and soon, the city will begin releasing more detailed data about where vehicle collisions have happened. Both will tell us more about where in the city pedestrians and bicyclists are at risk, which will make it easier to make those areas safer. -- Ralph Lindeman, December 1, 2016, GGW

Dupont Circle sidewalk turns footsteps into power

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:10:48 EST

City officials have hatched an environmental experiment that taps the power of the simple stroll. -- Michael Laris, November 30, 2016, Washington Post

Metro has a plan for late-night buses

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 07:57:08 EST

As Metro seeks to cut back late-night service, officials are hoping to provide a “lifeline” bus network to help transport late-shift workers home on Friday and Saturday nights -- but it’s up to the board to come up with the money to make the plan a reality. -- Martine Powers, December 1, 2016, Washington Post

EPA decides not to weaken car efficiency rules

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:02:25 EST

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) won’t weaken the car fuel efficiency standards it set in 2012, despite pleas from the auto industry. -- Timothy Cama, November 30, 2016, The Hill

Metro's plan to get "Back2Good"

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:45:24 EST

Marking his first anniversary since taking the helm of Metro, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer (GM/CEO) Paul J. Wiedefeld today laid out next steps for the Authority that move beyond track work to get trains running safely and reliably. -- November 30, 2016, WMATA

Montgomery considers increase in fines for failure to clear snow

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:39:24 EST

Under a bill Riemer introduced, fines would increase from $50 to $500 on commercial properties that don’t remove snow from their sidewalks. -- Douglas Tallman, November 29, 2016, Bethesda Beat

Thanksgiving weekend traffic deaths see slight drop in Va.

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:20:20 EST

Virginia authorities said that even with a record level of travelers on area roadways for the Thanksgiving holiday, the number of traffic-related deaths for the season dropped. -- Dana Hedgpeth, November 29, 2016, Washington Post

Is there any reason not to have a sidewalk?

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 07:09:32 EST

There are parts of DC and other cities with no sidewalks. As pedestrian safety has become a higher priority in road design, DC and other cities have been adding them, though sometimes residents oppose the idea. -- Malcolm Kenton, November 28, 2016, GGW

When people without cars move to places built for driving

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:58:43 EST

In Langley Park in Prince George's County, an increasing number of people want to walk to jobs and retail—even though doing so isn't all that safe (yet). -- Carolyn Gallaher, November 28, 2016, GGW

Mayor Bowser announces FY 2017 Vision Zero grant winners

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:55:57 EST

Five programs will benefit from the grants totaling $600,000. The Vision Zero grants are designed to encourage innovative approaches to transportation safety. -- November 23, 2016, DDOT

Orange, Silver Line surge will greet returning commuters

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:00:18 EST

With Metro work drastically cutting service from New Carrollton and Largo all the way to Vienna and Reston starting Monday, the next three weeks could lead to more traffic on major roadways unless many commuters find other ways around. -- November 27, 2016, WTOP

SafeTrack 11 slows Orange, Silver lines, impacts Blue Line

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:28:54 EST

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority rail riders along the Orange and Silver lines will be the latest affected by the SafeTrack safety work. -- November 27, 2016, NBC Washington

Locals skip Black Friday shopping, 'opt outside'

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:13:29 EST

While many people across the country spent Black Friday hunting for bargains, many chose to "opt outside." News4's Mark Segraves headed to Great Falls for the big shopping day, and met a couple who got married. -- November 26, 2016, NBC Washington

Families of traffic violence victims speak out

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:03:33 EST

Sunday was the Day of Remembrance for Victims of Traffic Violence, which memorializes people killed in traffic. -- Angie Schmitt, November 22, 2016, Streetsblog