Good Morning, RVA: The perfect weather continues

Do not squander the oppourtunity to accomplish amazing things today!

Photo by: Vitor Fogassa

Good morning, RVA! It’s 52 °F, and I hope you liked yesterday’s beautiful weather, because it continues beautifully today. Highs in the mid-80s, wonderfully clear skies, what else could you ask for?

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After Council’s meeting last night we now have slower speeds on Floyd Avenue (for the bike boulevard) and new bike parking requirements for multi-family dwellings, parking decks, and parking garages. That’s the first addition of bicycle parking standards to our zoning requirements. Council also approved this resolution (PDF) officially supporting a freestanding children’s hospital on the Boulevard and encouraged “all of the healthcare systems in the area to work together to offer their expertise and assets to create a Children’s Hospital.” Council asked the mayor to report back with some options before the end of the year.

This morning at 8:00 AM, GRTC’s board will likely approve the sale of the GRTC bus depot to DKJ Richmond for $9.126 million. Graham Moomaw at the RTD has a bit more on who these folks are, but, unfortunately, not what they plan to do with the space. Next on my list of questions is: What will GRTC do with nine million bucks?

Style Weekly has all the ways you can watch The Big Bike Race™ on a screen of your choosing–just in case you love cycling but aren’t interested venturing out and having fun.

Here’s Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina responding with a well-made ad to an insane thing Donald Trump said. Also on the presidential tip, Bernie Sanders spoke at Liberty University yesterday–which seems like it has become a mandatory campaign stop for folks.

Check out these rad Big Bike Race™ koozies and pint glasses we got in yesterday!

Sports!

  • Nats put the Phillies to bed in extra innings last night, 8-7. That’s officially a two-game win streak! They try and extend it to three tonight at 7:05 PM.
  • D.C. United faces Arabe Unido in a CONCACAF Champions League matchup tonight at 8:00 PM.

This morning’s longread

The Best Bike Lock

I included this article in yesterday’s TIP!, but it’s too good not to promote to Official Longread Status™. To find the best bike lock, The Sweethome hung out with some bicycles thieves and asked them to bust through a bunch of locks. The results are illuminating.

He was confident in his skills and considered his thefts something of a community service, important lessons imparted to bike owners who were a bit slow–locking their bikes with nothing more than wispy cables, locking them with expensive chains and the potato lock that everyone in the ‘hood knows how to crack, locking them around parking signs (Bug Out stands on the bike, uses his wrench to unscrew the two bolts attaching the sign to the post, then shimmies the bike over the top), locking bikes to each other (he borrows a pipecutter, cuts one frame, and rides off on the other), locking a bike to scaffolding crossbars (he uses his wrench to undo the crossbar). So many stupid people.

This morning’s Instagram

https://instagram.com/p/7oyWhDPU9N/

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