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Saturday, June 30, 2007


Friday, June 29, 2007

Bicycle Registration in DC

So yesterday...

On Thursday, June 28, DC Councilmember Phil Mendelson will hold a hearing on the Bicycle Registration Reform Act of 2007. The bill calls for eliminating the current mandatory registration system and replacing it with a voluntary registration system using a national database. The current system requires bicycle owners to take their bikes to a police station for registration. It also requires MPD to maintain a database of registered bicycles. The new system would allow bicycle owners to register on-line, over the phone, or via the US mail with a nation bicycle registration company. On the back end, MPD would run registration numbers of stolen bikes in their possession through the national database. DDOT is testifying in favor of the legislation. The hearing (of the COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE JUDICIARY) is scheduled for 2:00 PM in ROOM 412 of the Wilson Building (14th and Penn Ave, NW). Please contact the committee directly if you would like to testify. You can also submit your comments in writing to the Committee, and you can watch the hearing live on the web or DC cable.
I couldn't make it, but I'd like to hear a report. Anyone? Anyone?

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Bring on the Bakfietsen!

Todd, over at Clever Cycles, created or found this lil' graphic:

Nicely done. I've been looking for an alternative to the classic, " bent-over/stretched out/aggressive" language. This is a terrific diagram: just a few lines transmitting loads of information. Thanks Todd.
When I get my Honda, Heading for Peru.
That line always sticks with me.
When I get my Bakfiet, Heading for PDX.
Doesn't sound quite as good.

Silver Spring, MD

It's where I live. Here's yet another handout to big corporations and chain stores: http://tinyurl.com/2klbvl Write to the County Council, ask them to stop this from happening. I'll stick in some links to Silver Spring sites over on the side.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Who should ride a bike?

Everyone! Bikes are pretty democratic that way.

The Post That Started It All

This man should be in jail: I'll just leave it at that for now.

Bike there, with directions: