The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board of directors recently voted to implement the permit-less bike-on-rail trial program on a permanent basis. This allows passengers to bring bicycles on Metro trains weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again after 7 p.m., and all day on weekends and most federal holidays. Bicyclists are no longer required to obtain a permit by passing a written test on program rules and regulations, sign a liability form or pay a $15 fee for each three-year permit.
People taking bicycles onto Metro trains should use elevators, not escalators. A bike's size cannot exceed 80 inches in length, 48 inches in height and 22 inches from side to side. Tricycles or training wheels are not allowed. Bicyclists must use only the last car and may not ride in the stations, on platforms or on trains. Bicyclists younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call Metro at 202-962-1116. Applying Spanish Lessons
Fifteen 11th- and 12th-grade students from Coolidge Senior High School returned last week from a two-week trip to Oviedo, Spain, a city in the northwest region of the country. During their stay, they met with the mayor of Oviedo and the minister of cultural and educational activities. Students lived with host families, made presentations to local schools and explored the region.
As part of an exchange involving D.C. public schools and the Embassy of Spain, the students who attended this trip and their families will host students from Oviedo later this school year.
Students were selected for the trip based on their achievement in learning the Spanish language, their interest in other cultures and level of participation in pre-travel meetings. The students who attended were Natasha Brunson, Yualanda Collins, Quinn Cumberlander, Andre Edwards, Lydia Edwards, Russell Garnet, Patricia Inyamah, Gabrielle Jeri-Greene, Allan Lacey, Tiffany Lezama, Kerry Phipps, Rachel Pope, Anisa Scott, Kamarin White and Tiffany Worsley. Coolidge's Spanish teacher, Doris Jean Savoy, chaperoned the trip. Electronic Gifts for School
Eight personal computers with color monitors, four typewriters, six cases of carpet tiling and a fax machine were donated to Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Southeast Washington last week by the Library of Congress. The donation, valued at $28,059, was made in response to a break-in at the school in October in which four computers, seven televisions, 17 VCRs, two musical keyboards, three compact disc players and a tape recorder were stolen. Since October, the Department of Commerce and other organizations have made contributions to help make up for the loss. Education Summit Planned
The advocacy group Parents United for the D.C. Public Schools will sponsor an Education Summit on Tuesday at Eastern Senior High School, so parents can hear from and meet school system administrators and city officials who oversee the schools.
Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, members of the Board of Education and the school system's board of emergency trustees are scheduled to attend the 6:30 p.m. event. The school is at 17th and East Capitol streets NE. Representatives from the mayor's office, the financial control board and the D.C. Council also are expected.
For more information, call Parents United at 202-833-4766.