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Archive for February 8th, 2013

D.C. Bike Ambassadors to Reach Out on L Street Next Tuesday

The L Street protected bike lane has been open for a few months now. But its unique design–on the left side of L Street’s car lanes—is still causing confusion. And some drivers continue to disregard the lane’s numerous “no parking” signs.

D.C. bike ambassadors have teamed up with the city’s traffic control officers to educate drivers and cyclists the proper use of L Street’s facilities. Next Tuesday, we will be out on L Street, raising awareness about safety and enforcement issues related to the bike lane.

The L Street protected bike lane is a mile long and runs from New Hampshire Avenue to 12th Street NW. It’s a different design from other dedicated bike lanes in the city, so WABA and the D.C. bike ambassadors are making an effort to educate drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians on how to use the new facility safely and lawfully.

The Bike Ambassador program is a group of bike-loving volunteers who are dedicated to educating and encouraging people of the district to get on bikes. To learn more about the Bike Ambassador Program and volunteer outreach opportunities like this one, sign-up for a new bike ambassador orientation.

For questions, please contact the Bike Ambassador Program Coordinator, Megan McCarty, by email (megan.mccarty@waba.org) or by phone (202.518.0524 ext. 200).

This Week in Bike Reads

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Hey, are those the Pennsylvania Avenue cycletrack’s bollards?

Behold, WABA’s weekly roundup of stories and commentary related to cycling, particularly in and around D.C.

Read the Alliance for Biking & Walking’s piece on how WABA stepped in to educate Metropolitan Police Department officers, who were frequently ticketing cyclists for violations that didn’t make sense.

Outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood spoke with Diane Rehm about his time in office and how America will get around in the future. Listen for a brief, brief mention of LaHood’s enthusiasm for bikes.

Maps! Videos! Maps next to videos! Cyclodeo, a Dutch innovation, intends to provide visual assistance in addition to maps, so that you’ll never question the conditions of where you’re going again.

In New York, organizations in Queens are working to get more Latinas on bikes.

Randonneuring for utility cyclists—or vice-versa?  If you’re looking to bridge the gap between biking for purpose and biking for a physical challenge, Chasing Mailboxes is hosting just the thing: errandonneuring.

Green lanes aren’t just green. See seven well-regarded examples.

Copenhagenize considers relevant questions on a certain online dating site.

Tales from the Sharrows deconstructs the oft-mentioned “confusion” drivers experience when they enter the proximity of the L Street cycletrack—and unearths a very bike-centric piece of family history.

Running in bike lanes really isn’t a good idea.

We’re hiring an East of the River Program Associate and seeking a few good Roll Models for our Women & Bicycles program. Apply today!

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