Monday, February 14, 2011
We are Arlington, the home of WETA - a truly great public radio and public institution, serving our community and democracy for decades.
We are Virginia, home of Jefferson, who believed in education, libraries, and the academics necessary for our democracy.
We know the necessity of media and who know how misinformation can lead us astray.
Support public radio and public television today. Tell Member of Congress James Moran (Arlington) or your member of Congress to fight cuts to NPR/PBS funding, and to keep our democracy strong.
For more information, see WETA Make Your Voice Heard
Friday, February 11, 2011
But same is true on the road. Between one ton of four wheel steel and maybe 200+ pounds of bike and human, the one ton of steel will always crush the bike and the human. Kind of like rock paper scissors, where biking beats pollution and cars beat bikes.
When a bike and a car must share the road - "you gotta keep 'em separated." And by "separated," weeze mean 3 feet. Hell, when you park your car your would not park closer to another car or a brick wall for fear of chipping your paint. So how about it, you think maybe not killing a biker is worth three feet?
From the Virginia Bicycle Federation
As we reported yesterday, SB 928, the three feet passing bill, was passed unanimously by the Senate on Monday. It’s now headed to the House, where it must get through committee and then a full House vote.
This bill increases the minimum passing distance from 2′ to 3′ for motorists passing bicycles, and adds bicycles to the list of vehicles that a motorist shall not follow more closely than is reasonable (prohibits aggressive tailgating of bicycles).
It may be heard in committee as early as Thursday morning, Feb. 10; or it could be heard by the full Transportation Committee next Tuesday morning, Feb. 15.
Please write to your delegates now, and ask them to support SB 928 — especially if your delegate is one of the committee members listed below.
The Who’s My Legislator page will tell you who your delegate is.
BikeWalk Virginia has posted an alert too, along with a sample letter.
May, Joe T. /Loudon 804 698-1033
Oder, G. Glenn/Newport News — PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT
Carrico, Charles W., Sr. /Galax 804 698-1005
Cosgrove, John A./Chesapeake 804 698-1078
Rust, Thomas Davis/Herndon 804 698-1086
Hugo, Timothy D./Fairfax 804 698-1040 firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott, Edward T./Culpeper 804 698-1030
Tata, Robert/VaBeach 804 698-1085 email@example.com
Villanueva, Ronald A./VaBeach 804 698-1021
Comstock, Barbara J./Fairfax 804 698-1034
Garrett, T. Scott/Lynchburg 804 698-1023
Cox, John A./Hanover 804 698-1055
Cleaveland, William H./Roanoke 804 698-1017
Habeeb, Gregory D.
Ward, Jeion A./Hampton 804 698-1092
Ebbin, Adam P./Arlington 804 698-1049
BaCote, Mamye E./Newport News 804 698-1095
Brink, Robert H./Arlington 804 698-1048
Toscano, David J./Charlottesville 804 698-1057
McQuinn, Delores L./Richmond 804 698-1070
Carr, Betsy B./Richmond 804 698-1069
Filler-Corn, Eileen/Fairfax 804 698-1041
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Adding asphalt has been tried and failed. Increasing capacity has simply resulted in people taking advantage of that capacity to live further away and shift the cost of commuter transportation on others (like those that live close in). The solution is not more lanes to support more foreign-petroleum-dependent-$5-a-gallon-single-occupancy cars -- the solution is smart growth. Trains. Subways. Bike paths. Living closer to where you work. Telecommuting.
Take Action by 2pm Thurs, Feb 10 -- Two Bad Bills in Transportation Committee
There are two bad bills crossing over from the House to the Senate Transportation Committee in the Virginia General Assembly, and we need your help to stop them.
These bills -- HB 1998 and HB1999 -- would require Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to make widening highways a higher priority than smart land use and transit solutions. They would also undermine the authority of local elected officials to make decisions. Our local elected officials travel our roads, walk, bike and ride transit with us, and are best equipped to determine the range of transportation solutions for northern Virginia.
Voice your opposition to these bad bills by emailing the Senate Transportation Committee.
HB1998 – This bill, spearheaded by highway lobbyist Bob Chase, would ignore the plans and priorities set by local elected officials in their long-range transportation plan for northern Virginia. It would apply a very narrow performance measure and a new round of traffic modeling that would favor unaffordable widening of highways across northern Virginia. The bill would also revive controversial Potomac River bridge proposals through neighborhoods in Fairfax and Loudoun, rejected in a number of studies since 1989.
HB1999 – Also spearheaded by Bob Chase, this bill would make funding of highway widening a higher priority than land use, transit and local road solutions in northern Virginia, further undermining decision making by local elected officials. Proponents of the bill use homeland security to argue for the bill, implying that evacuation of D.C. is both likely and possible, and highway widening is necessary for this purpose. In the mean time, there hasn’t been a single security study citing the need for a massive evacuation of the District.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
7/11 - 15 11 - 14 Williamsburg Middle School Arlington, VA Day (9am - 4pm)
7/18 - 22 13 - 16 Williamsburg Middle School Arlington, VA Day (9am - 4pm)
8/1 - 5 11 - 16 St. Andrew's Episcopal School Potomac, MD Day (9am - 4pm)
8/13 - 16** 14 - 18 St. Margaret's School Tappahannock, VA Overnight**
These guys are great - and a great sport!
Monday, February 7, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Arlington looks for opportunities everywhere. One excellent opportunity has been turning the Arlington Vehicle Decal into an opportunity for High School Students. For the seventh year, Arlington County has invited Arlington high school students to submit designs to the competition. Last year the county received sixteen submissions from sixteen students. A panel selects the best for to be four for a competitive vote before the residents of Arlington; these four finalists each receive a savings bond award, but probably more importantly they receive important recognition of their work which can be useful as they advance towards college applications. Last years winner reflects a vision of a snow covered bridge during snowpocalypse.
This years vote is well under way and ends February 13. There are four excellent submissions reflecting the diversity of life in Arlington.
Of course as a biker and a frequent utilizer of the Custis Trail and the W&OD trail to commute to work, my favorite is "Multi-Faceted Arlington" reflecting a bike, bike path, and the sky line of Rosslyn.
Tip of the hat to Arlington County for the program, and for Arlington Public Schools which encourages students to participate.
Give a shout out to your favorite teacher. Nominate an Arlington teacher for Super Teacher through the VA Lottery.