A bicycle built for failure

Google’s new bike-friendly option on GoogleMaps (GoogleBike?) came just in time for DC.  Your Nation’s Capital will connect the Capitol and the White House with a bike path – right down the middle of the road, removing traffic lanes.  Luckily, DC doesn’t have a traffic problem or anything.

DC’s bike commuters doubled in the past decade or so, going from 1% of the commuting population to over 2%.  Meanwhile, Metro’s ridership has only risen about 25% in a similar time period – to a total of 726,000.  One out of five commuters use Metro, which has its share of well-documented safety issues.

A bike path sounds like a great idea.

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