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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com May 22, 2012 at 8:50 am 5,422 288 Comments

Arlington Schools Make Washington Post List — All four Arlington public high schools have been ranked in the top 1 percent of all high schools in the U.S. by the Washington Post. The Post’s “Challenge Index” ranked H-B Woodlawn 48th in the nation and 2nd in the region, the highest ranking among the Arlington schools. [Arlington Public Schools]

Bishop O’Connell Softball Team Wins State Championship — For the 17th time in 19 years, the Bishop O’Connell Knights softball team has captured the Virginia Independent Schools Division I state championship trophy. The team had a 27-1 record this year. [Sun Gazette]

Arlington Named Bike-Friendly City — Arlington has been named the 23rd most bike-friendly “city” in the country by Bicycling Magazine. The publication looked at areas with “robust cycling infrastructure and a vibrant bike culture.” [Bicycling]

Zimmerman to Visit France — Arlington County Board member Chris Zimmerman will be visiting three cities in France next month in order to study ways to make Arlington less car-dependent. [Transportation Nation]

  • Bon Voyage

    Zimmie is taking a trip to FRANCE on our dime!?!

    Can we vote this guy out already?

    • Patrick

      What he should do is study the BRT systems mentioned in the same article to see what a colossal waste of money his personal vanity project the columbia streetcar is. Forcing taxpayers to pay for his excursions to Europe shortly after voting himself a raise. Zimmerman has no shame.

    • KalashniKEV

      As I have said many times before- these local Democrat politicians are the most corrupt in the nation.

      • drax

        You’ve said alot of things many times.

      • JimPB

        How are ARLCo council members corrupt?

        In what ways are they far more corrupt that local officials across the nation? Begin by comparing to D.C.?

        • drax

          You expect actual substance?

        • Josh S (Ellipses Man)

          Don’t hold your breath….

        • WeiQiang

          KEV didn’t say “far more corrupt” … he said “THE most corrupt”.

          Please see the minutes from our discussion of this a few weeks ago. I’ll apologize for the group for the lack of citations.

          • KalashniKEV

            Ignore the weekly evidence that gets presented right here… just keep voting “D.”

          • drax

            What evidence, Kev?

          • WeiQiang

            When I’ve got Detroit and DC – who don’t deliver to their resident – to rely on as a benchmark … every day. You must know something that I don’t, brah.

          • not your bro

            What evidence? Your opinion? I’ll pass on that, KKKev.

          • Josh S (Ellipses Man)

            Sounds like someone might be full of hot air. You know – bluster.

          • WeiQiang

            Sturm und drang

        • marie antoinette

          Jim,

          Please don’t drop the relativism argument on us…we are not children. I am not going to compare to D.C. I am going to state the taxpayers of Arlington County are going to foot the bill for that gas bag Zimmerman to visit not one, but three different areas in France to determine how to make Arlington less reliant on cars?

          This, after his Trolly Folly. I don’t know what is worse, this or Tejada’s economic justice being dolled out by raising our property taxes for stupid pet projects. Kev is right, these clowns have to go.

          • not your bro

            He’s paying for it himself. See below. As to gas bag — perhaps look in the mirror.

          • marie antoinette

            Out of his own pocket? Get real, bro.

          • not your bro

            yes, out of his own pocket. Sorry, Charlie.

          • nom de guerre

            It doesn’t say he is “paying for it himself”, it says that the County “is not paying for any expenses related to this trip.”

          • marie antoinette

            Merci, Nom.

          • drax

            “I am going to state the taxpayers of Arlington County are going to foot the bill for that gas bag Zimmerman to visit not one, but three different areas in France to determine how to make Arlington less reliant on cars?”

            No. The county is not paying.

            Before it was an uninformed assumption. Now that we have confirmation that he’s not, it’s simply a false statement.

            And to simply deny it is the most pathetic, weasely response possible.

          • marie antoinette

            Yes, I am going to deny it, Drax! Deny Deny Deny! Who is denying?

            Listen, the assumption–mine–was that it was going to be funded by the County. Then if not the County, then whom? I cannot believe Zimmerman would bankroll his own trip to three different cities in France. Puleeeeeez.

          • not your bro

            Right. You don’t know what you’re talking about. Not a surprise.

          • marie antoinette

            Gosh, bro, you told me to scroll down and I have yet to see where he is paying for the trip all by himself. Could you be a bro and post the link or put drop hint as to where I could find this lovely little nugget? Thanks bro.

          • not your bro

            Where does it say he isn’t? The county isn’t paying, that’s established. Who do you think is paying for it?

          • nom de guerre

            That’s exactly what we would like to know. Maybe a trolley manufacturer, CaBi or a local developer? Maybe himself?

          • nom de guerre
          • not your bro

            quoting your own comment counts as substantiation?

            je pense que non, Monsieur “nom”

            je vous en prie, Marie, Nom.

          • nom de guerre

            The comment is from Arlington County’s Director of Communications.

            http://www.arlnow.com/2012/05/22/morning-notes-477/comment-page-1/#comment-165448

          • drax

            Sigh.

            Here is the comment, in full, reprinted for those who must be spoonfed:

            “Just to clarify — the County is not paying for any expenses related to this trip.

            Diana Sun
            Director of Communications
            Arlington, Virginia”

            And for those who may require it in French:

            “Pour faire clair, le comté ne paie pas pour les dépenses liées à ce voyage.

            Diana Sun
            Directrice des Communications
            Arlington, Virginia”

          • nom de guerre

            There is a chance that they still might not get it. But inquiring minds want to know who is paying for this trip. Is it the Donaldson Run Yacht Club?

      • Eponymous Coward

        You’re complaining about how corrupt the County is in the same post which reports that the Washington Post ranked all four Arlington public high schools have been ranked in the top 1 percent of all high schools in the nation.

        Moreover, you’re pointing to an allegedly inefficient trip, and calling it corrupt. Adjectives are not evidence.

        PS. I don’t approve of the travel either.

  • Garden City

    I wish Zimmerman could be forced to write a three page essay on why it is necessary to go to France to study car dependency.

    • Bon Voyage

      Isn’t he fostering airplane dependency by going on this unnecessary trip? I wonder what the carbon footprint of his R/T flight will be.

      • Aaron

        None! If he builds a trolley then all of his eco-sins are absolved.

        • marie antoinette

          +1 Billion.

      • ArlingtonWay

        Exactly. Where is Airplane Free Matt when you need him. Maybe off combing his scary beard.

  • WeiQiang

    Those three cities in France better be higher on the bike-friendly list than Arlington.

  • DeportEmAll

    Good news on the high school rankings.

    • Casey

      Not really, Yorktown [the only one I compared] dropped in index from a score of 4.732 last year to 4.539 this time. And Yorktown’s national rank dropped from 81st last year to 124th this go around.

      Rank can fluctuate no big deal, what is interesting is the drop in index score.

      I wonder if this holds true for the other three APS schools.

      • drax

        Our schools are only stupendously good instead of fantastically good?

        • John Fontain

          the horror. someone must pay with their job or their life!

      • Patrick

        But we are spending even more money this year per pupil then last year. How can our results be going down? Arlington producing worse results for greater cost. Only in the people’s republic of Arlington are things like this celebrated.

        • Josh S

          Any argument / discussion rests on an assumption that the rankings mean something. I submit to you that they do not.

        • Harry

          Or the increased cost could have something to do with the fact that the school-age population in Arlington is growing by roughly an elementary school’s worth of kids every year. If anything it’s impressive that the rankings didn’t drop more, we’re having to stretch education dollars even further.

          • Suburban Not Urban

            Uh – he said on a per pupil basis. If anything the $/student goes down with increasing economies of scale when everything else is held constant.

        • drax

          I understand your point, but as usual you are incredibly clumsy. In this case, perhaps other systems are spending even more pupil.

          Our taxes are low, our schools are great, and we are run by Democrats. I know that all disappoints you, but deal.

          • Arlington, Northside

            I would put more credit on the parents and teachers than the school board and top administration. Only thing they can really take credit for is hireing some truely top notch principals across the county. It is the above normal parental involvement and the teachers that work so well with the parents that really raises the school performance. And at least at my kids’ school, the volunteer parking spaces seems to be sporting an equal number of Obama and Allen stickers (why are folks afraid to show Warner and Kane bumper stickers? I can’t find any Mitt ones yet) yet we know there are more dems in the neighborhood.

          • drax

            Fair enough. I was just referring to the general tendency of certain posters to try to find every little negative thing about the county and try to pin it on the Democrats.

            Your comment about volunteers and bumper stickers is yet another completely worthless, unscientific poll on ArlNow, but that’s a different issue.

        • Arlington, Northside

          All this shows is that our kids TAKE and PASS the AP tests. On quick review it looks like our kids are passing at a better rate, but took a few less tests this year. It is a shame there are not more factors that can be used to measure the strength of a school.

          • Bryant

            Actually it shows less than take and pass. The Challenge Index only measures number of AP tests taken divided by graduating seniors. I do not believe actual performance on the AP test is included in the calculation. I completely agree that there should be more factors which measure the strength of a school.

      • Arlington Democrat

        Interestingly, not one Arlington High School made the Newsweek top 1000, which seems really odd because some of them scored very well just a few years ago.

        • Arlington, Northside

          Newsweeks poll has turned bogus. Used to be well researched. Today it is self submitted numbers, so Arlington and many other area systems no longer submit things.

          The Post and US News have probably the two best school ranks.

  • CW

    Two points:

    1) Again, public/private sector unfair comparisons. Taken a look at where your company or agency’s execs have traveled to lately? That “important conference” at a golf resort in Tahiti? The week in Vegas for “team building”?

    2) Do people not realize that the car-free thing is not just an eco-driven leftist political ploy? It’s a smart business move. It’s called making the most of fixed assets. In this case, it’s land and infrastructure. Most of our roads here are built right out to the extent feasible. Our land is largely built over, and underground parking is extremely expensive to build. Less car infrastructure means more room for businesses, people, amenities, and revenue generation. If you have a fixed set of assets, do you use up the one that’s going to run out first? No! You stretch it as far as you can. And if they want to see the county continue to grow and prosper, that’s what they’re going to have to do.

    • SomeGuy

      CW, I don’t understand the relevance of your first point. Who’s making unfair comparisons? Corporate executives answer to their superiors and their board, and fund trips as a business expense. Public officials answer to their constituents and fund trips with constituent tax dollars. Of course it’s different.

      That said, I don’t think it’s terrible for a county official to go on a fact-finding mission to gain some perspective. Maybe it’ll open his eyes in a number of ways, and he could stand to have his eyes opened a bit.

      • CW

        Uh, what? The comparisons are made by anyone who gets outraged that public officials use tax dollars for this sort of thing, of which I’d assumed there would be a lot. How do your 3rd and 4th sentences of your first paragraph support the 5th? You really can’t draw the parallels between constituent tax dollars and shareholder dollars? And a “business expense” in the private sector is somehow different from a, uh, help me out here, what should we call it in the public sector, because it’s apparently not a “business expense”?

        Last paragraph I agree with. 🙂

        • Patrick

          We should call it a waste of taxpayer dollars because that is exactly what it is.

        • Jules

          And you know what happens when you assume right…? You make an ___ out of “u” and “me”… Business 101

          I also think that a conference held anywhere except the cheapest armpit of somewhere doesn’t mean it’s an extravagant waste. Depends on the culture of the audience it’s meant for – I’ve been to conferences in places you wish you could vacation where people worked round the clock and never left the building, and I’ve been to ones in regular places where it was a big excuse to party and fake it. Whether a particular conference is a worthwhile priority for someone is a different question.

          • CW

            First off, my assumption proved correct. A lot of people are unhappy with the idea of him taking this trip. So no a-s-s-es were made of u or me.

            Secondly, while I was using extreme examples above to make a point of comparison, I certainly agree. Especially if, as in this case, the location of the travel is tied to the subject matter. He is going to a place using infrastructure, products, and or/services that the County might be interested in. Think that no one in the private sector ever goes out on a potential vendor’s current job site to see the technology in action?

        • SomeGuy

          The difference is who’s paying for it. That’s my point. If I’m a business owner, and I permit my employees to go to Vegas for a “conference,” I’m allowed, because it’s MY money I’m permitting them to waste. I.e., I’m making the decision for ME to forgo something I might otherwise be able to afford, and I’m the only one I have to answer to for that.

          If I’m a public official, it’s different because I’m making the decision to potentially waste my constituents’ money. I.e. the community might have to forgo something they could otherwise afford because I chose to enrich myself with a junket. And then I’d also have the legal right to raise their taxes to further fund my junkets.

          If it’s my corporate dollars I choose to waste, that’s fine. If it’s your tax dollars I choose to waste, you have every right to be upset.

          Why do you struggle to see that difference?

          • drax

            I think everyone understands the difference, SomeGuy.

            The point is that travel can be beneficial, or wasteful, to both private and public enterprises.

          • SomeGuy

            I didn’t dispute the potential benefit/waste of travel, drax.

            And no, CW doesn’t appear to recognize the difference because, as you’ll see below, he/she thinks they’re perfectly analogous. I.e., “shareholders:citizens::company exec:county exec.”

          • drax

            They’re not perfectly analogous, but they are analogous.

            He didn’t say they were perfectly analogous, but he said they were analogous.

          • CW

            Sorry, should have used some tildes in there to suggest the approximate nature…

            ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

          • SomeGuy

            CW’s first comment was about “public/private sector unfair comparisons.” Then he/she makes DIRECT (presumably fair?) comparisons with “shareholders:citizens::company exec:county exec.”

            So is it unfair to compare them or are they analogous?

            And drax/CW, before one of you answers, please look up the word “analogous.” If you write an analogy as CW did, it suggests you think the items in question are analogous.

            Furthermore, at no point did I excuse waste of money at companies where I hold an ownership stake. And I’m still not sure why the public/private waste issue was ever introduced by CW’s first comment. If someone other than me is wasting my money, I object.

          • CW

            I’m not struggling to see the difference. I’m stating that, while you may be disenfranchised with our method of government and are thus allowing that to skew your viewpoint so that private spending is an “expense” and public spending is “waste”, the two scenarios are indeed one and the same. The county board is elected by an, in this case overwhelming, majority vote of citizens. And a sufficient level of waste would result in the board member not retaining the position, just as how a corporate board could remove an executive ex post facto were he found to have spent wastefully.

            Again: shareholders:citizens::company exec:county exec

            Also, see Lockheed example above – if you’re really so adamant about this, you’ve got bigger fish to fry.

          • An alternate idea

            “shareholders:citizens::company exec:county exec”

            Not quite – especially in VA, the company exec can be fired for no reason whatsoever. That is incredibly difficult/nearly impossible to achieve for the county exec within the same time frame.

            I don’t disagree with your basic assertion, but it is not quite the same. I would also argue that the company exec would have certain metrics by which his performance (tenure) would be evaluated. I believe Zimmie’s metrics are achieved merely by having to pull the wool over 50%+1 of the voters. . .

          • drax

            “I believe Zimmie’s metrics are achieved merely by having to pull the wool over 50%+1 of the voters. . .”

            So your argument comes down to claiming that a majority of the voters are stupid.

          • fauxnews

            I believe the previous county exec was fired after 3-4 months.

      • it’s all public money

        The cost of a Lockheed-Martin exec on a junket to some-gorgeous-place eventually gets rolled into their corporate overhead rate that then gets applied to direct labor costs on their government contracts. So we’re all paying for that trip indirectly. At least Zimmerman’s is more transparent.

        And besides he’s a heck of a third-basemen.

        • drax

          Okay, but how’s that apply here?

      • Plunkitt

        Trips to France in the spring on the taxpayer’s dime are inherently suspect.

        Just goes to show how arrogant they are becoming.

        The sad part is that his arrogance is probably not misplaced…..he will get away with it.

      • jan

        Oh, no! Those corporate trips are subsidized by the taxpayer.

    • goob

      Ooooohhhh, now I get it. Since I only think in terms of economics it totally makes sense now. Thanks College Business Class Regurgitator Man!

      • nom de guerre

        That’s Bicycle Repairman to you!

      • CW

        And what have you contributed?

        • goob

          Silence is sometimes better than facts spewed by someone with no experience.

        • goob

          Since you won’t learn that in college, call that my contribution.

          • CW

            So what part of my post do you actually disagree with in substance?

          • Mickey

            You know kid, if you’re not already a debate coach you just might have what it takes.

          • WeiQiang

            … or litigator.

    • JamesE

      Car-free is just a cover story for the trip, he is actually going there to investigate how the French raise chickens in urban environments.

      • WeiQiang

        +1 bro’

  • Gypsy

    It would be a lot more environmentally conscious of him to study those cities from his desk rather than taking a flight across the Atlantic. I’d like to know what he’s doing over there that can’t be done through the internet, phone calls, webinars, video chat, online meetings, etc.

    • Vik

      I know. Why do gov’t officials at any level, in any part of the world, travel at all?

      • Hilary Clinton

        I’m just going to Skype and Google from now on!

        • Gypsy

          Give me a break. Any idiot can understand the difference between traveling for diplomatic relations and the traveling that Zimmerman is doing. The article didn’t mention anything about fostering personal connections with individuals in France that will directly assist Arlington regarding being more car free. He’s not Benjamin Franklin.

          • drax

            The article didn’t mention it, so that means it won’t happen, right?

            We don’t have enough information to judge. We don’t know exactly what he plans to do, or whether he plans to foster personal connections with individuals, or even who is paying for the trip.

          • Jules

            Hah, you think Ben Franklin was all business over there? Imagine the online comments his travel would generate today if he were a public official.

          • drax

            Ben would have been at all the Strauss-Kahn parties.

          • not your bro

            +1000

          • Josh S

            GONG.

            Sorry, your splitting of hairs does not work here. Not only can any idiot understand the value of travelling for diplomatic relations, most folks can see that actually visiting a location to learn about it provides enormous value over simply reading about it or even watching video. I think this is why people still visit the Grand Canyon, for example, despite most people having seen pictures of it…..

    • arlcyclist

      Hey Gypsy, how about this trip by our Governor? Was this okay? He flew all the way to England (the horror!) just to woo a defense contractor from New Jersey to move their operations to Arlington.

      http://www.virginiabusiness.com/index.php/news/article/defense-contractor-to-move-corporate-headquarters-to-arlington/318854/

      The answer is, yes, it’s okay, because this is how politics work. You don’t just hole yourself up in your own community and pretend like people in other parts of the world don’t have better ideas than we do. People who take issue with this because it’s France are a joke and I honestly feel sorry for you. Maybe pay a visit some time and you’ll see the quality of life there is much higher than it is here for most people. All of you keep getting in your cars and SUVs every morning and showing up to work bitter so you can post ridiculous comments on this blog like, “As I have said many times before- these local Democrat politicians are the most corrupt in the nation.” I got a good chuckle out of that one.

      • Gypsy

        He was creating business for the community by networking. Makes total sense. You’re so self-righteous I don’t have the patience to respond to your second paragraph. Au Revoir

        • Rose Lee

          “Thanks a lot, out with the garbage!!”

        • arlcyclist

          Hey Gypsy, as a cyclist I get quite a bit of enjoyment out of making your apparently miserable life more miserable. Just wanted you to know that.

      • marie antoinette

        Oooh, Arlcylist, you are soooo cool. I wish I could, like, you know, peddle my way to work so like, I could post on the same message board as you, like. But like, I don’t drive a car or ghastly global warming SUV so like, I can sound somehow morally superiour to you, because, like, I bike to work and so in my mind, that makes me, like, better than you.

        • marie antoinette

          And, ahem, who is taking issue because it is France? Sacre Coeur!

          • Quoth the Raven

            I would think you would dislike France, Marie, given how things ended there for you…

          • marie antoinette

            lol. It was going so well until that damn cake comment…

        • drax

          He said nothing about being “morally superior.” The fact that you saw that just means you feel guilty.

        • not your bro

          pedal vs. peddle.

          Discutez.

          • marie antoinette

            Given that English is my second language, I will try harder next time. Thank you bro, for correcting my english.

          • yuh huh

            what’s your first language? And please submit an essay therein.

          • yuh huh

            waiting, sœur.

          • yuh huh

            on attend encore . . . quelle est ta langue maternelle?

            wir warten noch . . . . was ist denn deine Muttersprache?

            etc.

    • Ballston

      It seems like it’d be tough to take a tour of a city’s infrastructure over Skype, but I suppose if he held his meeting via Facetime they could turn their phone around and it’d be just like he was there!

  • asd2323sdds211

    Whoever proposed bike share for Arlington/DC Metro area should get an award. Its awesome to see a country program be such a success. Go Arlington!

  • John Fontain

    Anyone notice that the above article on ‘smart’ transportation uses rapid bus lines as one of the main examples?

    And Arlington County is then listed as being a ‘smart’ jurisdiction even though our county’s leaders are pushing for the exact opposite of what the article suggest (i.e., pushing for rail on columbia pike instead of rapid bus).

    Ironic.

    • Josh S

      Hardly “opposite.”

      Arl Co is listed as being a smart jurisdiction largely because of land-use decisions as well as the overall emphasis on expanding transportation infrastructure in many different ways (with an emphasis on bike infrastructure in the article). In sum, for fostering transit oriented development.

      I don’t know what the “opposite” of rapid bus would be. No rapid bus? But a streetcar is certainly not the opposite.

      In any case, there is no irony here.

      • John Fontain

        The best you can do is parse a single word in my post? Good job! Here’s a virtual trophy!

        • drax

          It was an essential word, John. Without it, you really have no point. Which is why you (ab)used it in the first place.

          • John Fontain

            I’ll type this as slowly as I can for you so you can understand it. The article contrasted two choices, rapid bus and rail, and explained why bus was superior to rail. In other words, bus was the smart choice. Yet Arlington is doing the opposite of that suggested and pushing for the contrasted choice of rail.

            If you still don’t get this, please read it again until you do.

          • drax

            Yes, John, they made “opposite” choices. But I’m not the only one who saw it as you saying they were of “opposite” quality.

          • John Fontain

            “But I’m not the only one who saw it as you saying they were of “opposite” quality.”

            According to many you are.

          • Toots

            I don’t know drax, sounds like you’re being stubbornly obtuse or just reading into it too much. I think John has a point worth mention whether you agree or not – I don’t see the confusion.

        • Jules

          Ooh! How I do I get a virtual trophy?

          • nom de guerre

            Haven’t you heard? Everyone who plays gets a trophy and pizza.
            But it might not be a PROPER SLICE with garlic powder on top.

          • WeiQiang

            … the MOST proper slice

          • Shonzie

            When I lived in Ocean City way back in the late 90’s we lived near Tugo’s and you would always grab a slice and cover it with garlic powder, parm, oregano. Was that a PROPER SLICE and I didn’t even know it? Would that make me a brah or just a dude?

          • WeiQiang

            It was the ’90s. You were a ‘dawg’.

          • KalashniKEV

            Stop playing games… there is no PROPER SLICE to be had in Ocean City, MD.

      • JohnB

        To add to Josh S, the BRT cited in the article use a dedicated travel lane which is not possible on Columbia Pike. We have BRT wihtout a dedicated travel lane now. It’s called the 16F.

        • Patrick

          BRT is possible on columbia pike and could be done for a fraction of the cost of a streetcar. The 16F would/could not be considered BRT by any objective measure.

          • drax

            Do you support a BRT line there, Patrick? Or are you just throwing rocks?

          • JohnB

            You could not do BRT in a dedicated travel lane for a fraction of the cost of a streetcar. You would either need to eliminate a travel lane in each direction which would geatly increase the cost to auto users, or you would have to acquire significant land through eminent domain which would cost a fortune. The 16F is limited stop in shared lanes. The only thing missing is signal priority. I don’t see what else seperates it from BRT in mixed use lanes. Multiple door boarding? Articulated Buses? If you want to talk headway, then no, the 16 F isn’t BRT, but the 16A, B, C, D, E, F, H, J, and Y could be considered BRT if you put them together.

        • South Awwlington

          Parse the acronym: BRT – Bus Rapid Transit

          Purely from a safety perspective, why in the world would we want to barrel loaded buses down Columbia Pike, full of pedestrians? The whole point of BRT is the speed. Are you suggesting we send buses at 50 mph down the Pike?

          Does not support the economic development sought on the Pike.

          BRT is a good fit for the i-270 corridor, not Columbia Pike.

    • drax

      I wouldn’t call BRT and trolleys “opposites.” They’re different alternatives.

      • KalashniKEV

        They are indeed opposites…

        BUS- Flexible, Versatile, Low Implementation Cost, Fast

        TROLLEY- Fixed, Stuck-on-rails, Expensive, Slow

        • dirty biker

          Biased much?

        • drax

          Now buses are “fast?”

          I do like watching people like you fall over yourself to support buses though.

          • SomeGuy

            drax, how would you respond to KalashniKEV’s other points? I.e., the ones about flexibility, versatility, and cost?

          • drax

            BRT is a bit more flexible, yes. It’s certainly easier for BRT to go around obstacles, while a trolley can’t. Don’t know what “versatile” means to him. Cheaper? Yes, cheaper startup, though maybe more expensive to operate.

          • marie antoinette

            hmmmm. Here is something to trip over…Bus system $50M, Trolly Folly $250M. But I suspect you are probably employed by local, state or the Fed…so why is an extra $200M, right?

  • bluemont Dude

    I have to agree with CW. You people find fault in everything. What’s next, the quality of toilet paper that the county purchases. He is trying to find ways to make this county better and make less of an impact on our environment. Cut him sme slack.

    • JamesE

      YOU PEOPLE?

    • Patrick

      He is trying to get a free trip to Europe shortly after voting to raise taxes and give himself a raise. Your right we should be applauding this steward of taxpayer dollars.

      • drax

        You spend alot of time on your porch informing neighborhood youth of the imperative that they take action to cease their presence on your fescue-enhanced frontage property, don’t you?

    • John Fontain

      A person complaining about people complaining. Priceless.

      • Josh S

        Isn’t that your entire modus operandi on these boards?

        • John Fontain

          Shhhhh!!!

    • DEMS AGAINST ZMAN

      lol. Have you ever met the man? Listened to his tirades at Board Meetings? Seen him belittle staff?

      Anything good he might do is degraded by his nasty personality.

      • drax

        “Anything good he might do is degraded by his nasty personality.”

        Irony.

    • marie antoinette

      Please do not include the French as ‘you people’.

  • nom de guerre

    Rumor has is that Dominique Strauss-Kahn is planning several of his famous wild parties in France to coincide with Zimmie’s visit.

    • JamesE

      DSK is in trouble again, that man loves his parties.

      • novasteve

        Epitome of a champagne socialist.

        • italia

          what does Berlusconi represent in your world? Prosecco fascist?

  • BonjourDeGeneve

    I’m in Geneva, Switzerland right now. It’s pretty much like France. Let me save Zimmy the trip, here are ways to make a urban area less car-dependent. One, have a massive public transport system of buses and trams/trolleys, includes dedicated lanes and signals that give priority to the buses/trams. Two, public transport is free for <1 hour rides; get tickets before boarding. Three, bike lanes almost everywhere and bikes fully 'accepted' on other streets. Four, cars stop for peds in crosswalks. Five, make car travel a pain — several of the main surface streets are one lane each way, including one that recently lost lanes to a new tram line; make driving take so much time or such a hassle that people would rather walk or take public trans. On second thought, Zimmy should still go to France. Just wish he'd stay there.

  • novasteve

    This isn’t France, we don’t have the TGV eithe, and we’re much too big for it, so stop the fantasy world that we can be like some European country.

  • HollaArl

    Yet none of Arlington’s schools made Newsweek’s Top 1,000 High Schools in America.

    • JohnB

      From the APS Press Release:

      School officials also noted that Newsweek magazine published a list of schools today. Participation for that list was voluntary and the rankings are based on self-reported data. This year, less than 9% of all Virginia high schools participated. APS did not feel that this provided a helpful measure to families. As a result no Arlington high schools participated in the Newsweek survey.

      • geri

        Good for APS. These rankings are so bogus. The Washington Post one is the most bogus of all.

      • HollaArl

        Note to self…read the article in full. Thanks for posting that…makes sense now.

  • Becoming indifferent

    Arlington County and Capital Bike Share decided to make my neighborhood more “bike friendly” by putting in a bike share stand where nobody wanted it, in an out of the way location, without telling anybody and not putting up signs that this was going in. They eliminated two parking spots in a neighborhood where parking is very limited, towed my car, and issued me a parking ticket. Funny thing is, I barely use my car as I walk to work, the grocery store, the bank, etc. Plus, all my neighbors and myself own our own bikes. Thanks Arlington County and Capital Bike Share for making Arlington a less attractive place to live!

    • JohnB

      Which stop was it?

    • already indifferent

      Why not park it in your driveway?- you are eliminating a spot by “in a neighorhood where parking is very limited” by jsut keeping it there if you “barely use it”

      • drax

        I suspect he doesn’t have a driveway.

      • Becoming indifferent

        Yes, I live in an apartment and don’t have a driveway. I do need my car for work if a meeting location is not Metro accessible, or to visit family in Front Royal or Loudoun County. In our neighborhood, many homes don’t have driveways, or they are very small, forcing the homeowners to park on the street, too.
        We also have to compete with local businesses. Good times.

    • drax

      The use of CaBi stations is tracked, so we’ll be able to verify your claim that “nobody wants it.”

      We’ll also be able to tell whether use outweighs the loss of two parking spots.

      Sorry you got your car towed, but now you have a CaBi station right near you for your convenience, and you’re someone who rarely uses your car. Hint.

      • 1RLI

        I’m sure he has no need of the bike share station. “Plus, all my neighbors and myself own our own bikes.” Hint.

        • drax

          I’m sure he has done a survey of every single neighbor within walking distance of the station and found that they all own their own bikes.

          Like I said, we can actually measure station use. We’ll see in a few months how it’s going at that station.

        • John Fontain

          Yes, but in an ideal world the government provides everything for you.

  • Enough already

    Maybe he will take his shadow Tejada to France with him and they will decide to keep them both for entertainment.

  • Larry

    County Board just approved a site plan that will replace a tire service store with mixed use infill with 163 parking spaces. Will vote tonight on replacing an auto dealership with mixed use infill with more than 400 parking spaces. So if this keeps up where do we go to have our vehicles repaired? Are we looking forward to 1/2 hour waits in line to buy fuel?

    • Josh S

      Even on the Internet, this stands out as an example of absurd exaggeration…..

    • drax

      New parking spaces near Metro and walking distance to shops means each car in that space will be used alot less than a typical suburban car, and therefore will visit gas stations less often.

    • dirty biker

      Oh, I dunno- one of the 47 remaining automotive service stations in Arlington?

      http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=auto+repair&find_loc=22201&ns=1

      If you were already using that Goodyear, try Bairds on Fairfax a few blocks away. Honest folks.

      • Arlington, Northside

        Until the redevelopment forces on the board and county government figure out a way to turn it too into a highrise with ground floor retail and not enough parking for the number of tenants too. 🙁

    • CW

      Ever been to Manhattan?

      • Arlington, Northside

        Why would anyone really want to turn Arlington into Manhattan?

        • CW

          That would be awful, but just pointing out that people do manage to exist in a place where there’s not a gas station on every corner.

          • Arlington, Northside

            There are more gas stations though then it appears in Manhatten. Don’t know of any under churchs like we have in Rosslyn, but there was one in the parking garage I used over Christmas right near Times Square.

          • CW

            So aren’t you somewhat proving my point?

    • Corey

      Hilarious.

  • bemused bystander

    Can arlnow or someone clarify who is paying for Zimmerman’s trip? Everyone is assuming he’s going on the taxpayer’s dollar but that information is not in either the arlnow report or the original story. It’s possible that he’s paying his own way, using his savings from driving less.

    • 1RLI

      “It’s possible that he’s paying his own way…” HA!

      • drax

        Let’s just assume!

    • Josh S

      This was actually my first thought as well.

      Cause if it were an official trip, don’t you think that others would be going as well?

  • I don’t need a free trip to France to figure out how to make Arlington less dependent on cars.

  • kj

    Shell station on the Pike in a neighborhood with thousands of parking spaces is being redeveloped. Yes, we will be driving 20 miles to have our vehicles serviced and waiting in line 1/2 hour to buy fuel.

    What Zimmerman wants – a totally urban county where everyone owns an expensive vehicle that’s parked underground and never driven.

    Only people more irrational than Zimmerman are the people who are making tons of money urbanizing the county and post here day in and day out.

    • arlcyclist

      Are you talking about the Shell at Col Pike and George Mason? Curry’s Auto Service on Four Mile Run is less than a mile from there and is a very reputable shop.

  • YTK

    Arlington is Bike Friendly? Now how about working on PEDESTRIAN friendly?!! LICENSE all the bikes — make bike rides accountable to traffic laws — and make it an offense to ride up behind someone ON THE SIDEWALK and pass them without giving advance notice!!

    • 1RLI

      +1

    • cyclist

      And joggers should be cited for running in bike lanes or in roads or jaywalking.

    • John Fontain

      More laws! More rules! More laws! More rules!

      • KalashniKEV

        More Bollards!More Bollards!More Bollards!More Bollards!

        • Bollardsnatch

          You know, I enjoy watching the “libertarian” contingent wail.

      • drax

        Enough, John.

    • dirty biker

      Just for you, the next time I pass someone on the trails jabbering on their phone or wearing flippin’ ear buds I’m going to yell FFFFFFRRRREEEEEEDDDDOOOMMMM (a la Braveheart) as loud as I possibly can (instead of my usual polite “on your left”)

      (And no, bikes shouldn’t be on the sidewalks and yes, they should obey traffic laws to the standard of the average Arlingtoninan)

      • cyclist

        aflapr?

        • dirty biker

          ?

          • dirty biker

            I meant to say- cribbed from Bike Arlington

      • 1RLI

        Good heavens, if they obey traffic laws to the standard of the average Arlingtonian, it will be chaos!

        • dirty biker

          Annnd that would be my point. Drivers are total hypocrites on this topic.

        • WeiQiang

          Curious, brah … what’s an average Arlingtonian? Someone driving in Arlington? My own observations are that non-Arlingtonians driving in Arlington – maybe because the roads can be confusing in the densely developed areas – tend to violate the rules of the road more often, if only out of desperation. Cyclists are the same way. People who don’t know the rules or that they even exist because they aren’t avid riders create havoc on already densely-used trails. Those who do know the rules can get frustrated or condescending [pointing at YOU, ‘cyclist’ … ok, I do it also] because people put others, themselves and their children at risk unnecessarily.

          I have a pet peeve about (not) obeying traffic laws [both as a cyclist and as a driver], not because I like more laws but because they provide single reference on which to act and on which other people can act. Therefore, they can serve to help us remain safe and keep others safe.

          • not your bro

            The roads here ARE confusing. I’m a transplant, I eventually figured out there’s really only one good way to get to any given point, and since signs in the area are so bad, it can take you a while to figure out what that is. Not just Arlington, the whole metro area.

            Second WeiGiang on obeying traffic laws.

    • arlcyclist

      Yes, and we should ticket mothers with double wide strollers who hog the sidewalk AND bike lanes in my neighborhood.

      • not your bro

        Yes, I support this, actually.

      • marie antoinette

        LoL, what an angry little inch.

    • WeiQiang

      Thanks … now I’m having Robocop-like fantasies about the militarization of bike cops … you know, like riot and SWAT cops have gone all black ops with weapons and manly gear. Black articulated Spandex(c) armour adorned with flashing blue & red LED lights, with all sorts of gear to stop and subdue cyclists.

      Expect a bond issue to address bollard violation.

  • Bender

    Last time I was in Paris, it was jam-packed with cars, if not driving around, then parked in every possible inch along the side of the road. A ton of cars, a ton of parking spaces (whether official spaces or not).

    Meanwhile, the ticket machines for the trains wouldn’t work, so I had to go find some place with real people to get tickets.

  • Sauce Jess

    I think Arlington’s Public Policies are wonderful. I never question anything our elected leaders do. They are all knowing and I am all following.

    This message will self destruct.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      LOL!

  • novasteve

    Hey Zimmerman, wouldn’t you be saving the planet by doing a conference call instead of flying on a plane?

  • G::TheNativeArlingtonian

    Zimmerman’s trip is a farce. And it is indeed a waste of taxpayers money… for all the reasons that have already been cited. I think he should need to justify the trip to the tax payers. Still, getting to the heart of the question… the only answer to his question is that fundamentally you can’t. The county is and was not built up like a small European city. The priorities were different and so the arrangement of housing to commercial properties were different. The only way to get Arlington to a level of a European city in terms of walking and bike friendliness is to continue spreading high density and mowing over single family homes. You have to mix housing close to commercial within less than a mile of each other. Works in the R-B corridor, but that is about where it ends.

    Otherwise they can keep doing what they are doing: adding bike lanes, increasing awareness etc. But please, not at the expense of the people that have to drive because their physical condition, daily routine, etc prevents them from cycling all over the place! Cars are not the evil… poor planning, and poor understanding of the needs of the tax payers of Arlington are.

    • KalashniKEV

      It seems at this point he just wants to be exposed, captured, and imprisoned. It’s the next natural phase in his downward spiral of corruption.

      It happens to other criminals too.

      • drax

        The egg on your face is starting to stink.

    • cyclist

      We don’t have to be exactly like Europe, nor do we have to transform all of Arlington, nor do we have to sacrifice mobility for people who drive. Nobody is trying to banish all cars. All this false dilemma stuff needs to stop.

      (And many people have physical conditions that prevent them from driving, so…)

      • Sterling

        but why do you need to go to France to figure that out?

        • drax

          I don’t know. I’m not talking about a trip to France.

      • sunflower

        you sound eerily familiar………

  • mark

    First people to go into retirement after Zimmerman should be the county manager and her economic development director and planning director. All too willing to urbanize Arlington while preserving the semi-rural character of their own neighborhoods in Fairfax County.

  • Garden City

    I don’t begrudge Zimmerman a trip to France if it can be justified. If public funds are being spent on it, he should be required to publicly state and defend the justification.

  • novasteve

    I really hope the Republican candidate latches onto this. France is a nice place to visit, in fact I would love to go there again too. However, rightfully so, I should pay for my trip myself, and so should Zimmerman. You can learn about reducing car useage from going to the public library or using your internet at home. You don’t need a taxpayer paid for flight, hotel and meals and event tickets to accomplish this. If he would like to go on a vacation on his own dime, more power to him. I’d even recommend Meteor beer, however, don’t make me pay for it.

  • JimPB

    When the IT revolution offers e-mail, Google maps, free international conference calls and video conferencing, — and not to ignore newspaper and magazine stories and government reports galore, Zimmerman’s jaunt to France has to be classified as a boondoggle unless and until there is a clear and compelling justification for its value for the Arlington County taxpayer, cost-efficiency and minimal (close to zero) carbon footprint.

    • John Fontain

      yeah, but watching people ride bikes in person is totally different than watching them ride bikes on an internet video.

      • drax

        You’re like a smaller, less effective version of Kev these days.

  • nom de guerre

    Maybe he is going to visit one of Arlington’s five sister cities-Reims, France to party with Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

  • drax

    So someone has confirmed that the taxpayers are paying for his trip, and he’s not paying for it himself or getting it paid for by a third party?

    Oh, wait, not yet?

  • T`GEOA

    Is Zimmie flying coach, or are we paying 10K for a buisness class ticket?

    • nom de guerre

      He will be using Arlington County One for the trip across the Atlantic.

      • WeiQiang

        I thought Arl Co One was an unmanned drone meant to provide flood damage assessments in Donaldson Run?

        • nom de guerre

          Arlington County One is a BBJ (Boeing Business Jet) that was provided to the Board in exchange for development/zoning concessions that were granted to Boeing in building their new regional headquarters here. I believe the drone you referred to is provided by DARPA and is also used to determine when Sam’s Corner is open for business.

          • WeiQiang

            That explains it, because only requiring Boeing to pay $50K in road improvements and CaBi station seemed riDICulously small-ball for concessions.

            Heard that Sam’s is serving cabochon of veal with kirsch mint reduction at 4:17… true story?

          • nom de guerre

            Due to the recent local controversy surrounding veal related to the testicle festival, Donaldson Run fois gras torchon has been substituted for the veal but the kirsch mint reduction remains. From 12:47-12:59 only.

            I heard the drone you referred to has been repurposed to perform bollard surveillance today since no rain has fallen in Donaldson Run recently.

          • Quoth the Raven

            Had you somehow worked in a Trevor reference, this would have been the greatest quote ever, with simply brilliant interweaving of previous topics. As it is, it still garners an “A+”. Well done. Well done indeed.

          • drax

            FREDTERP

      • G::TheNativeArlingtonian

        And its powered by hot air.

      • South Awwlington

        lol this is the most hilarious thing I have read all day. Thank you.

        What’s almost scary is, we could all envision them having their own plane. You know you could. 😉

  • South Awwlington

    Why in the world is transportationnation.org offline? Was this story not approved for publication by the Lord of Columbia Pike?

  • YTK

    Hey Zimm– ask the Frenchies what they think of Arlington’s Streetcar project, ok???

    • WeiQiang

      Frenchies … classic, brah.

      You made me think of calling it “Le Streetcar”, which reminded me of the AMC/Renault “LeCar” … not good memories.

  • Paul

    True story, and I’m quite sure because I was in line with him: Zimmerman was on my flight to Greece April 11th, Delta Airlines Flight No. 132 from JFK to Athens. He was alone.

    I’m not very politically involved, but I remember having the creeping suspicion that he was not vacationing, but nevertheless would enjoy himself on my dime on an exotic trip. It had seemed odd to me that he would have official business in Greece, as an Arlington County employee. There is very little he could have noticed about Athens’ inferior transportation infrastructure, compared to ours, without a tiny bit of Internet research. Additionally, with fewer light rail lines and sparse buses, Athens lacks any bike sharing system in comparison to much of Europe, and to us.

    Any insights gained from personally witnessing transportation infrastructures abroad already have been examined and processed in an extensive body of collected research, available to anyone without spending thousands of dollars vacationing in Europe. As I see it, these are subsidized educational expenses for a County employee, and the timing in our economy is particularly bad.

    • drax

      You had a “creeping suspicion”?

      Well, then, throw him in jail!

      • Having fun yet?

        Now you nailed it, Paul. No one here really cares about the possibility of taxpayer dollars funding Zimmerman’s trip to France. What’s of real concern is that, regardless of whether he or the county pays for the ticket, Zimmerman is definitely going to enjoy this trip! Just imagine it, y’all! Zimmerman! Having fun! Nooooooooooo!

        • drax

          Low taxes, good government, superior schools, Democrats in charge and having fun in Paris…

    • South Awwlington

      For a part-time County Board member, he sure does see the world. His wife must haul in the cash.

      • Becoming indifferent

        She saves money but thinking she doesn’t have to pay library fines. I worked for Arlington County Public Library several years ago, and Ms./Mrs. Zimmerman had some overdue books; she didn’t feel she needed to pay the fines and let the library staff know who her husband was.

        • drax

          See, Kev was right – most corrupt EVER!

          Librarisphere!

    • Elmer

      He was going to Greece to instruct them how to practice austerity the Arlington Way.
      Proof? His Greece trip was April 11th. He cames back and on April 27th he gives us a tax increase and votes himself a pay raise. Voila! Austerity the Arlington Way.

      • Elmer

        Aha, Arrogance. Its the Arlington Way.
        Keep voting them back in folks. We peons must pay our library fines while our hoi poi are above such petty nusiances.
        Let them eat cake as they say in France!

        • drax

          So let’s see, we went from assuming (falsely) that Zimmie was going to Paris on the taxpayer’s dime to assuming, based on an anonymous hearsay claim on the Internet, that his wife won’t pay library fines, and turned that (completely unproven) claim into a scandal that requires Zimmerman’s ouster for sheer arrogance.

          Wow.

          • Elmer

            So show me where I claimed that Z. ‘s trip was to be paid for by the county. Sounds like your not the only person doing the assuming!
            Wow!

    • malaka

      “not very politically involved” but you recognized a county board member on a flight to a foreign couontry from an airport in New York, and you also had a “creeping suspicion that he was not vacationing”. Well I have a creeping suspicion that you are talking from your rear passage

      • Archidia

        could’ve been a bro’mance thing.

  • Diana Sun

    Just to clarify — the County is not paying for any expenses related to this trip.

    Diana Sun
    Director of Communications
    Arlington, Virginia

    • drax

      Oops! Buried at the bottom of all the indignant self-righteous comments making wild assumptions about the taxpayers footing the bill and bashing Zimmie as corrupt and whatnot- despite the lack of anyone actually checking – comes this comment informing us that THE COUNTY ISN’T PAYING FOR THE TRIP.

      When will people learn not to go assuming facts? When will you all retract your statements? (Answer: never and never).

      • drax

        Next question though, Diana – who IS paying for the trip?

        • .T.G.E^OA

          Good question.

        • nom de guerre

          A well placed source with the County reports that Zimmie may be cancelling this trip after learning this afternoon that the County will no longer be paying for it and has restricted his use of Arlington County One.

          • marie antoinette

            +1 Billion. lol.

          • drax

            You realize that Marie actually believes you, right?

          • Josh S (Ellipses Man)

            Now, now. She may be simple but she isn’t dumb.

          • marie antoinette

            Oh Drax, silly boy. Zimmerman does use Arlington County One–that is reserved for Tejada. Zimmerman uses Arlington County Two!

          • marie antoinette

            ‘does not’

          • WeiQiang

            just heard on my scanner that the aerodrome at DARPA’s new facility has received instructions from the County Admin bldg to de-fuel Arl Co One.

          • nom de guerre

            and Arlington County One’s pilot, John Travolta has been placed on stand by.

          • WeiQiang

            Travolta’s Call Sign: “Deep Tissue”

    • Josh S (Ellipses Man)

      Actually, it’s so important it merits a separate blog entry by the ARLnow folks.

      (Which would provide bemused bystander and myself an opportunity to sing our best “I told you so” and dance around a little bit….)

      • Elmer

        The only dancing you and bemused bystander are doing is around the subject.
        My comments are not related to nor dependent on who paid for any trip.

        • Josh S (Ellipses Man)

          *hippie dancing like I’m at a Grateful Dead show*

          Who are you again?

          • Elmer

            Grateful Dead = Brain Dead

      • bemused bystander

        Not sure I told anyone anything (at least not today). Just asked what the facts were, since the assumption of taxpayers’ footing the bill had started with the first comment and gone on from there. Nonetheless, happy to dance.

    • Paul

      How about the cited trip to Greece that began April 11, 2012?

      • drax

        Your creeping suspicion isn’t enough?

    • KalashniKEV

      When can we all get our Artisphere money back?

      I want it on one of those giant checks too… with an apology speech and a pledge to cut taxes.

      • Josh S (Ellipses Man)

        This is page 26 in your binder full of ARLnow comments, right?

  • Clarendon Resident

    There are several locations that I would GLADLY send elected officials so that they can witness first-hand the difference that small, inexpensive changes make to improve the transit experience.
    First stop for Metro officials should be the Singapore airport. The speed of the escalators is much faster than in the U.S. Yet despite this increased speed, travelers adapted easily. Likewise, there are lines painted on the floor of the subway system that show passengers where to line up for arriving trains. The painted lines for each side of the door are spaced so that nobody is blocking the doorway, and are wide enough to permit two passengers to exit at the same time. The result is fast and efficient transfer of passengers. What a difference these two changes would make at Metro Center during rush hour!

    • nom de guerre

      “There are several locations that I would GLADLY send elected officials” to but it would not be appropriate to list them on this blog. Would anyone else care to?

    • Arlington, Northside

      The lines would only work if our Metro trains could stop consistently on a dime. They can’t, so that would not work. Metro trains are heavy rail, the Singapore subway is light rail.

  • O’Connell softball: error?

    The O’Connell softball story must be in error because only a few short months ago we heard from the softball supporters how the world would be ending if O’Connell did not get college-level lighting for its softball field. Please do not let me learn that those supporters were simply blowing smoke.

  • Clarendon Resident

    I would also pay to send elected officials to South Africa to study highway lane markings. In instances where major roadways intersect, the merging lanes are printed with the number of the upcoming highway, at spaced intervals (i.e., one mile, one-half mile, one-quarter mile, etc.) prior to the merge/exit point. By the time vehicles reach the location of the exit/merge, all of the cars are in the appropriate lane and there is no congestion or accidents caused by last-minute changes. How much more easily would traffic move on 495, 95, 270 and 66 if lanes could be similarly marked?

  • Clarendon Resident

    Lastly, I would gladly pay to send elected officials to Kaohisung, Taiwan. Although I speak no Chinese, I was able to use the subway system without many problems. The stations are amazing – well lit and clean – and have bathrooms available to the public. The information on the anticipated arrival of trains was accurate and easy to read on the mounted television screens.

    And I loved the wall of charging cubicles in the airport! Each has a translucent door marked with the style of charging cord available inside, and a take-away key. So travelers can quickly and safely charge up their electronics while they ship or dine prior to a flight. And although I was not traveling with any small children, I noticed and appreciated the open play space designated for them, with kid-vid television, toys and furniture. The kids were happy, the parents were happy and I was happy…because I could choose to wait for my flight somewhere else instead.

  • Arlingtune

    We created bike parking – C. Zimmerman, May, 2012.

    So let it be written, so let it be laughed at.

    • cyclist

      I’m not laughing. I’m laughing at all the people stuck in their cars when I ride by though.

      • Arlingtune

        I laugh at all the wet bike riders when it rains. I’m superior.

        • marie antoinette

          LoL. j’aime le vélo

    • marie antoinette

      +100

  • Justin

    I would hate to see what a bike unfriendly city looks like.

    • R. Griffon

      Just go to about any city in the US. even our most “bike friendly” cities here would be regarded as woefully inadequate in the better places overseas.

      Much of the developed world is moving away from cars. Only time will tell if we’ll follow suit or continue to lag behind.

      • marie antoinette

        talk about irony.

  • Laffinoutloud

    I work with one of Zimmy’s neighbors who says Zimmy is seldom seen around Douglas Park anymore.

  • gapster

    I can’t believe that some of you think it is okay for a lowly county council flack to go to Paris (France!) on the taxpayer’s dime. It’s incomprehensible to be. Why do we care what France thinks, anyway?

    What a total obvious sham.

    Vote for someone else next time, please?

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