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Neighbors Helping Neighbors: A New Concept in Car Sharing

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: A New Concept in Car Sharing

Here at goDCgo, we love the freedom that Zipcar and Connect by Hertz offer District residents who choose to live car-free. Now, new companies are putting an interesting spin on the car sharing concept with what’s being called “neighbor to neighbor” or “peer to peer” car sharing. The idea is to allow individual car owners to rent out their vehicles when they are not using them to non-car owners. The arrangement benefits both owner and renter: the owner is able to offset the cost of car ownership and maintenance—potentially earning up to $7,400 a year depending on the type of car and number of rental hours; and the renter may find lower rates and more convenient locations of vehicles. And as an added bonus, every shared car replaces approximately 14 cars on the road, leading to less road congestion and pollution.

Cherry Blossom Traffic Pattern

This community notice comes to us from the U.S. Park Police:

Montgomery County Roadways to Receive Spring Cleaning

Montgomery County Roadways to Receive Spring Cleaning

From Montgomery County:

Starting the week of March 28, Montgomery County’s residential roadways will get a spring cleaning with the launch of the annual street sweeping program on  the County’s 5,000 curb miles of roads. 

Leggett Announces Formation of Transit Task Force;

Leggett Announces Formation of Transit Task Force;

Will Develop Blueprint for Countywide Rapid Transit System

 

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today announced the launch of a Transit Task Force with the mission of making a comprehensive rapid transit system a reality in Montgomery County.  The Task Force will advocate for developing and implementing a system that is consistent with state transportation objectives and complements regional transit operations. 

Additional Portable Speed Camera Installed on Eastbound University Boulevard

Additional Portable Speed Camera Installed on Eastbound University Boulevard

Chief Ronald A. Ricucci announced in March 2009 that the City of Takoma Park, Maryland, began working with ACS Solutions, and had installed speed cameras:  one in the 7200 block of New Hampshire Avenue (southbound) and the 7100 block of New Hampshire Avenue (northbound).  Two cameras had also been installed in the eastbound and westbound lanes of the 500 block of Ethan Allen Avenue.

**An additional portable speed camera has been placed in the 900 block of eastbound University Boulevard.**

For this new portable speed camera, beginning January 31, 2011, until February 13, 2011, the Takoma Park Police will be issuing warnings to violators driving 12 miles over the speed limit.  On February 14, 2011, the Takoma Park Police will begin issuing citations.  The Police Department issues citations and makes all decisions regarding citations.
 

Notice of Work - Stormwater System Repair on Old Carroll Avenue

Notice of Work - Stormwater System Repair on Old Carroll Avenue

The City will be making repairs to the stormwater system and inlets along Old Carroll Avenue. The work is scheduled to being January 10, 2011 and is expected to take 4 to 6 weeks.The street will be closed to through traffic during most of the project.

The entrance to the Nursing Home Facility wlll remain accessible. During work hours, access to the driveways of the two homes on the street will need to be arranged with the contractor. Work includes relocating an inlet and realigning the current stormdrain line. The new system will also include use of a section of the right of way that is now grass; the surface will be planted and maintained by the City to provide an attractive and environmentally beneficial area. Once stormwater system repairs are made, the street will be resurfaced.

Tips from the Takoma Park Police on Driving on Snow and Ice

Tips from the Takoma Park Police on Driving on Snow and Ice

The best tip for winter driving: Sometimes it's best to stay home, or at
least remain where you are until snow plows and sanding crews have done
their work. If you crash on a snowy or icy road, you'll certainly be
late — or worse. But since you can't always call in to work claiming a
"snow day," it's better to learn how to correctly deal with driving in
the snow.

I've battled snow- and ice-covered highways in two-dozen states behind
the wheel of both passenger vehicles and 18-wheelers. I've performed
hundreds of tire tests on snow-covered roads, attended snow-driving
schools and done precision (translation: "barely in control") driving in
the snow for videos and still photos. From this experience, here are
some snow driving tips the average driver can follow to reduce the
chances of a crash.

Get a grip. To have adequate snow traction, a tire requires at least