Five items about biking as transportation
1. I love the Christmas tree made up of bikes at the plaza on Ellsworth Avenue in Downtown Silver Spring. Bike share bikes are at the base, and are rideable.
2. In the context of "maintenance of way" writings as it relates to winter weather (I will be re-writing reposting that entry soon enough for the 2017-2018 winter season) it occurs to me that the stairway connecting to the Metropolitan Branch Trail from L Street NW should be heated so that snow and ice stays melted.
In rebuilding it for that purpose, the "bike gutter" could be switched to the center of the stairwell, like in Bethesda, on the Capital Crescent Trail.
(Since many people carry their bikes up and down the stairs, they must not recognize the boardways on the side are for rolling your bike up or down the stairs.)
3. Color coordinated litter on the Second Avenue Cycletrack in Silver Spring.
4. Cargo bike duded up for Christmas, as seen on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (It even has lights. I'd love to see it at night.)
5. Melbourne and Sydney are seeing huge issues with dockless bicycle sharing services ("Melbourne and Sydney are seeing huge issues with dockless bicycle sharing services," News.com) and Seattle ("Hey, you can't park there! Dockless bike-share bikes ending up in inappropriate locations," Washington Post) with people vandalizing the bikes. In Melbourne, dozens were combined into a mural ("Workers clean up Fitzroy mural built from abandoned oBikes," Victoria Herald-Sun).
Although so far, one was thrown on the Metrorail tracks ("After fare evading, man throws LimeBike onto tracks, sets fire to box on train platform," WMATA).