EPA Asks For Bike to Work Feedback, Inhabitat Gives Away a Bike


get a lot of Greenversations press releases over the transom and most
go right to the trash, in no small part because "Greenversations" is
one of the more odious portmanteaus
a government agency or corporation has yet proffered. Not quite as
annoying as the idea that Ray LaHood’s multi-modal transportation blog
is called the Fast Lane (stay tuned to Streetsblog for more on this), but close.

Today, however, the bloggers over in DC are hoping you’ll let them know
about your bicycle commuting habits, presumably so they can, umm…
count up the total number of commenters and see which ones ride to work
and which don’t and make a green bar graph, like last year, so that "maybe one of these days" one of their employees at Public Affairs will ride to work?

Anyway, join the "Greenversation" here. And pardon my Monday morning humor.

While we’re on the topic of portmanteaus, the good folks over at the
much-more-tasteful Inhabitat
also want your input on biking, though you
might get more than a green bar graph for your
efforts. If you can convince them that your current ride is so beat
that it’s cramping your style and making you a social undesirable, they
may gift you a new Strida folding bike, though I’m not sure Xzibit will be dusting the dirt off your shoulder at the end of the show.


On Bike to Work Day, U.S. DOT and Cycling Advocates Eye New Moves

In addition to the announcement of a new local bike-share system, today’s D.C. Bike to Work Day found both the U.S. DOT and the nation’s leading bike advocacy groups positioning themselves to claim new victories for cyclists in the coming days. FTA chief Peter Rogoff addressing cyclists at this morning’s Bike to Work Day events. […]

Today’s Headlines

Oberstar: Midwest is ahead of California in high-speed rail planning (MinnPost) D.C. Metro chief rejects proposal to phase out rail cars that are subject to tax-shelter leases; instead, the cars will be sandwiched between newer models (WJLA) Biden heads to Colorado today to tout a new bike path that the state DOT is building with […]

Today’s Headlines

LaHood says he has yet to endorse Senate Dems’ $2B transit aid bill: "We need to look at how we pay for that" (WNYC) A separate, wide-ranging interview with LaHood, on everything from bike funding to fuel-efficiency rules (NPR) U.S. metro areas scratch the feds’ back, the feds scratch theirs? How one Arizona pitch could […]

Happy Labor Day Weekend

(Photo: AP via Politico) President Obama faces some difficult transportation and environmental choices this month: Should he insist on an 18-month delay for a new infrastructure bill or strike a compromise with House transport committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN)? Should he push the Senate forward on a climate bill before year’s end or tell the […]

How to Win a Local Campaign: Anchorage Shows the Way

We’re taking a short break from Sandy-related coverage to bring you this success story from Anchorage, Alaska. Bet you didn’t know it, but Anchorage is a pretty respectable biking city. The 2010 Census said 1.5 percent of the city’s residents commute by bike, putting it ahead of places like Boston and Arlington, Virginia. Not coincidentally, […]