D.C. Emancipation Day

Happy Emancipation Day, everybody. For U.S. residents, that’s the reason tax returns are due on Tuesday instead of today. The IRS deferred the tax return deadline in deference to this holiday, which marks the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862. This law ended slavery in D.C., which paid slave owners for the release of their slaves.

I feel dirty just typing that phrase: release their slaves.

Thanks to the numerous folks who responded on Twitter to my inquiry about this, with a nod to Darren on the details.

Monday Bicycle News

100,000 people participate in CicLAvia yesterday! Triple Pundit writes of LA CicLAvia: A Primer of How Bicycling Can Boost Communities and the Economy.

Scenes from San Francisco Sunday Streets at Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway on Sunday.

Santa Cruz cargo bike ride

Remember, all, the Sea Otter Classic bike festival begins this Thursday and runs through the weekend in Monterey, California. I’ll be there. You can also see the bearded dude on the Metrofiets cargo bike in the above photo hanging out with Chris King components.

Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival

I wasn’t there because (1) I have a bike to review and (2) I was sick on Sunday, but others were:

A couple of items for the Tom Vanderbilt Fan Club:

This last weekend, three people on foot or bike were killed and at least three others were injured by car and truck drivers in New York City, according to Streetsblog. None of the drivers were charged in these accidents.

Transit: Passenger trains are becoming profitable?

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