Posts Tagged ‘commuters’

March 18th: International Bus Driver Appreciation Day

March 18, 2012

March 18th: International Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Today is International Bus Driver Appreciation Day but there’s no holiday website and the bus drivers’ union doesn’t mention it. The holiday is the idea of Seattle bus rider Hans Gerwitz. Why March 18th? On that date in 1662, city buses premiered in Paris (for the record: they flopped).

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Bike to Work Day in DC

May 20, 2011

Bike to Work Day in DC

May 20, 2011 is Bike to Work Day in the Nation’s Capital.

“Bike To Work Day demonstrates the many transportation benefits of bicycling,” US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, The Fast Lane blog.

Image (“Bike 2 Work in DC, after Abel Brunyer”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Free Cars in DC?

September 22, 2010

Free Cars in DC?

Free Cars in DC? Of all the environmentally irresponsible, wasteful, profligate actions, at a time when so many people can’t even afford the gas to . . . .

Oh. Wait.

It’s Car Free Day in Metro DC. September 22, 2010. Everyone is biking, walking, skating, taking Metro rail and bus, and riding the Circulator. Skateboards? Scooters? That’s the spirit. Details here. 

Sounds like a good time to join Capital Bikeshare.

And take the Car Free Pledge — it’s just for one day. Free poster from Commuter Connections.

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Bikeshare Begins

September 21, 2010

Bikeshare Begins

Capital Bikeshare began rolling out its fleet of red rental bicycles Monday in Washington DC and Arlington Virginia. By late October 1,100 cycles will be available at 114 bike stations across DC and Arlington (see the full map here). The annual membership rate is $50 (reduced from $75) and rides 30 minutes or less are free (see the rates here).

While the program is aimed at serving daily commuters, there are daily rates for tourists.  

The $4 million project, chiefly funded through federal grants, takes advantage of DC’s new bike lanes and bike signals and connects with Metro stations and Circulator bus routes. Alta Bicycle Share operates the system.

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Steve Eldridge Signs Off

June 24, 2010

Steve Eldridge Signs Off

DC radio veteran Steve Eldridge passed away last weekend, reports Dave Hughes at DCRTV.The radio veteran was 52, and succumbed to cancer. If you live in the Washington area, Steve Eldridge was a familiar, cheerful voice on your car radio, reporting transportation news for Metro Networks and WTOP. 

Comment on DCRTV:

“I worked with Steve Eldridge at his final job, preparing NBC Radio newscasts in the evening, and I saw firsthand Steve’s courage and good spirits despite incredible suffering. We should all hope to meet our end with half the grace.”
Jim Bohannon, Westwood One

Services are today in Gaithersburg.

 

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Welcome, DC Commuters

February 10, 2009

Welcome DC Commuters

Rich Green of Arlington, Virginia is upset. He drives his car across the Potomac to his job in Washington, DC five days a week and there are potholes in the road.

“Most of the potholes seem to stick around for months, and they can get to be more than six inches deep,” he wrote to the Washington Post. “Who is responsible for this section of road, and why don’t they repair the potholes …?” he asked.

Mr. Green did not ask who is responsible for causing the potholes or suggest who should pay for repairs.

Others fill in these potholes lacunae in Mr. Green’s complaint:

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