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Why does America hate bikes?

Regardless, the Alexandria Times editorializes that bike lanes are the future.

Ground glass (!) makes this bike jacket ultra-reflective.

Our friends at BikeArlington are hiring. If you like the kind of outreach we do, go do it (and more) for BikeArlington!

Handy tip: Did you know that every Presta tube has a Presta valve adapter?

Bicycling goes deep on the new frontier of bike-lock technology.

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The Bicyclist Safety Amendment Act of 2013 made some changes in laws for D.C. bicyclists. Read about them here.

Jerry Seinfeld told Reddit he loves biking and walking.

WMATA is expanding its bike-and-ride facilities. (Maybe it would also consider some of these?)

Infrastructure ain’t nothing but bike lanes in the sky.

There’s a Kickstarter for a locally built e-bike.

Single-digit temperatures didn’t stop people from riding Bikeshare. (For next time, check out some concise cold-weather advice.)


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Kidical Mass Arlington wasted no time getting a ride underway in the new year. See a recap here.

With the federal transit subsidy slashed, the Washington Post editorial board asks why drivers should receive bigger subsidies than mass transit riders.

Ye olde D.C. bike messenger

We regularly feature Flickr user joeflood‘s photos on our blog. See a collection of his bike-y photos in his 2013 roundup.

The Capital Crescent Trail will be closed from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Jan. 10 to Feb. 6 for deer management.

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This is, apparently, how streets are planned in Copenhagen.

RideScout’s app now makes it easier to avoid being dockblocked while using Capital Bikeshare. (RideScout is a WABA business member.)

Northwest D.C.’s Broad Branch Road has become a commuter route. DDOT plans to rehabilitate it, and one option could add sidewalks and a bike lane…

…However, Casey Trees is opposing that alternative, because it could eliminate tree coverage.

Should bicyclists be taxed? Chicago is currently wrangling with that question.

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Deliver Us

No lanes in D.C. made People for Bikes’ list of top 10 protected bike lanes in the U.S.

High-vis cycling gear might be in style, but one study says it doesn’t affect a driver’s passing distance.

WAMU tackles two signifiers of DDOT’s great slowdown: the incomplete Met Branch Trail and the M Street cycletrack, which may or may not be finished by spring 2014. (Funnily enough, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has clearly stated that the region needs to ease its dependence on driving as transportation.)

And you can watch or read NBC4’s coverage of the Nov. 16 D.C. Council oversight hearing on DDOT.

That said, Voice of America is insistent that cycling is totally an established thing in D.C.

MIT researchers have developed something called the Copenhagen wheel, which can store energy you generate while riding your bike for later use.

Wash Cycle digs into D.C. churches’ opposition to bike lanes.

Tons and tons and tons of bikes can fit into one car-sized parking space.

The Hains Point 100 is on Sunday!

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It’s a legitimate criticism that dedicated infrastructure for cyclists installed in the U.S. is often not particularly good. How should cyclists ride as a result?

Chicago’s departing (and D.C.’s former) director of transportation, Gabe Klein, talks with Chicago magazine about cars, density, and happiness. (Speaking of happiness, here’s an entire blog devoted to the concept of happiness and cities.)

The Weekly Standard has noticed that bicyclists are “making unreasonable claims to the road—and winning.” But Planetizen counters that drivers don’t actually subsidize cyclists.

But also, driving is becoming less popular. (More on D.C.-specific data about the decline of car usage here.)

The Alexandria Times takes a look at the opponents and supporters of the King Street bike lane.

In this video, a driver and cyclist switch positions.

Phoenix Bikes might move.

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Giving thanks to the 98% of drivers who are doing it right. Compassionate, patient, understanding, courteous drivers, thanks for being awesome! We appreciate you! (Photo by George Newcomb).

Governing magazine says that cities are obligated to protect pedestrians and cyclists through good infrastructure and enforcement…

And following a spate of crashes in Idaho, the Daily Journal says education and awareness can reduce conflicts.

A visual guide to cycling

Metro has installed a bike channel along the stairway at the Glenmont Metro station.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer gets props from Politico for crossing the aisle on two wheels…

Though Bike Portland finds it amusing that bipartisan attention to cyclist and pedestrian issues is worthy of incredulity.

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The Pennsylvania Avenue zebras are mostly useless.

Apparently, the best way to get more people on bikes is to demonstrate to them how much money they’ll save.

A New York Times article sparked extensive discussion about whether it’s OK to kill cyclists, and how cyclists and motorists should behave. Read a roundup of associated commentary here.

After much agita, the 15th Street cycletrack is repaved.

This Lego-like, insta-bike lane could revolutionize the installation of cycletracks.

D.C.’s adorable bike-love stencils are back.

Help us get more kids on bikes by voting in Kind Snacks’ Do the Kind Thing contest. We’re sorry that it requires Facebook authentication, but appreciate your vote!

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Light at the end of the tunnel #latergram
Connections between College Park, Hyattsville, and Riverdale are underway for the Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail.

Chicago magazine argues that current road conditions force cyclists into a survival of the fittest.

But can you even ride a bike in a city without being a jerk?

British bike paths: They’re self-aware!

Easygoing, enjoyable commutes—like on a bike—are a secret to happiness in urban areas.

A short profile of academia’s cycling guru, Ralph Buehler.

Stay warm with these winter-riding tips from Capital Bikeshare.

Read about a bike ride to Annapolis that benefited local organization Calvary Women’s Services.

Bike-friendly is a new buzzword for federal agencies.

Chris Zimmerman, long a champion of bike- and pedestrian-friendly policies on the Arlington County Board, is stepping down to join Smart Growth USA.

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Couldn't resist one more shot of this beautiful #bikeDC  morning.

Bikes are outselling cars in Europe.

According to University of Oklahoma, very few people in D.C. get to work by car (we’re second only to New York); biking modeshare here has increased drastically in the past 12 years; and  in the Northeast, we’ve got the highest amount of people commuting by bike.

The zebras are coming.

Our blog shouldn’t be the only local bike blog you’re reading. A great list can be found here.

Bikeshare data is swiftly becoming commuting data.

In the Netherlands, cyclists get their own roundabout high above a multi-lane highway.

Also in the Netherlands, a child’s death, as a result of a car crashing into his bicycle, triggered an extensive police investigation and a roadway redesign.

Last weekend’s Women & Bicycles bridesmaids’ dress ride, as told by the Washington Post

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