More Tickets for Blocking Bike Lanes
With new bike lanesÂ (hopefully)Â on their way, it looks like Policy Chief Cathy Lanier is on board to support them. âWeâve quadrupled the number of tickets weâve issued for people who block bike lanes,â she toldÂ WTOPÂ in an interview last Thursday. Lanier says that they issued 2000 tickets in 2011, but âitâs going to take a while for the culture [shift] to kick in.â
Look Metro, No Pants!
I avoided Metro all weekend due to the single tracking, only to realize that I also missed the 5thÂ annual âNo Pants Metro Ride DC.â For those of you unfamiliar with this yearly occasion, run by Capitol Improv, the name is fairly self-explanatory. On Sunday afternoon, several hundred Metro riders boarded trains and rode around without pants on (though PG-13 underwear is encouraged).
During this season of protest, organizers on the eventâs Facebook page were quick to remind people that the No Pants Metro Ride is not political. The page says, helpfully, âthe point of the day is not to âprotest pants.ââ Good to know. The event came full circle to our neighborhood with an afterparty at Nellieâs.
DC Historic Preservation Review Board Lacks Members
As a history major, I get excited whenever I read about history professionals being in demand. Last year Mayor Vince Gray dragged his feet on nominations for the Historic Preservation Review Board, and it looks like those delays are about to cause some big headaches.Â According to City Paper, two of Grayâs nominees have said they donât want the position.
With other membersâ terms expired or expiring, the nine-member board might be left with only one current representative. In a recent letter to the Mayor, Councilmember Tommy Wells reminded him that by law, the board must have experts in history, architectural history, and archeology, or risk losing its federal funding. âWith our significant number of landmarks and historic districts, the critical role of the HPRB cannot be overemphasized,â Wells wrote.