the region
Residents like to bike and walk to work

Washington ranks seventh in the nation among cities where bicycling to work has gained in popularity and is second only to Boston when it comes to walking to work, according to recently released Census Bureau data.

“In recent years, many communities have taken steps to support more transportation options, such as bicycling and walking,” said the Census Bureau’s Brian McKenzie, who wrote the report. “For example, many cities have invested in bike-share, bike lanes and more pedestrian-friendly streets.”

Washington has kept pace with its peers, creating more than 50 miles of bike lanes and planning to add 14 miles more this year.

The popular Capital Bikeshare program puts more than 2,500 short-trip bikes on District and suburban streets, and it plans to expand this year.

— Ashley Halsey III

the region
Residents like to bike and walk to work

Washington ranks seventh in the nation among cities where bicycling to work has gained in popularity and is second only to Boston when it comes to walking to work, according to recently released Census Bureau data.

“In recent years, many communities have taken steps to support more transportation options, such as bicycling and walking,” said the Census Bureau’s Brian McKenzie, who wrote the report. “For example, many cities have invested in bike-share, bike lanes and more pedestrian-friendly streets.”

Washington has kept pace with its peers, creating more than 50 miles of bike lanes and planning to add 14 miles more this year.

The popular Capital Bikeshare program puts more than 2,500 short-trip bikes on District and suburban streets, and it plans to expand this year.

— Ashley Halsey III

maryland and virginia
Cellphones distract hundreds of drivers

Distracted driving is on the increase in Northern Virginia’s heavily traveled Interstate 95 corridor, with 62 percent of drivers saying they are likely to use their cellphone and the number who admit that distractions have nearly caused them to have an accident rising from 24 percent in 2013 to 31 percent in 2014.

Those were the results from a survey of 1,023 drivers regularly traveling the I-95 Express Lanes project corridor conducted by Transurban-Fluor, the company building HOT lanes in Northern Virginia, and AAA.

Meanwhile, nearly 1,600 motorists were cited for distracted driving violations in April as part of a stepped-up campaign by Maryland State Police to raise awareness of the dangers of texting or using a handheld phone while driving.

Maryland State Police issued 1,595 citations and an additional 1,187 warnings statewide. Drivers in Wicomico County received the most citations, 229, followed by Prince George’s County, with 224 citations and 138 warnings.

In Montgomery County, 184 citations and 71 warnings were issued; troopers issued 93 citations and 69 warnings in Howard and 96 citations and 58 warnings in Anne Arundel. Among the most common violations: texting while driving and using a handheld phone while driving.

— Ashley Halsey III

and Lori Aratani

10,564

Number of infractions that inspectors issued to D.C. taxicab drivers last year; they also impounded 771 cabs.