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New D.C. Bicycling Safety Law Cheered By Advocates

New cycling safety laws should ease the passage for area riders.
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New cycling safety laws should ease the passage for area riders.

Bike advocates are applauding a new bicycling safety law for D.C. that is currently pending congressional approval.

The new law will allow a bicyclist to cross at an intersection when the pedestrian walk signal flashes. It also allows bike riders to cross an intersection where a leading pedestrian interval is used — to allow them to start crossing before cars begin their turns.

Those are just two ways in which cyclists will be treated like pedestrians, says Shane Farthing, the executive director of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

"We have some places where bikes are supposed to use walk signals, some places where they are supposed to use traffic lights," Farthing says. "This clarified that you should use the walk signal because it lets you get out in front and it is a little bit safer."

Also among the new safety measures: construction projects are required to provide a detour if they block a bike lane.

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Lawsuit Will Decide Who Owns 'Star Trek' Language Klingon

Paramount Pictures holds the copyright to Klingon, spoken by some characters in "Star Trek." The Language Creation Society is arguing Klingon is a real language, and is therefore not copyrightable.
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Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.
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The Politics Hour - April 29, 2016

Kojo reviews Maryland's primary results and what they mean for the region and November's elections. The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Virginia's former governor. And a major funder of youth programs in the District is bankrupt.

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Join Us At Noon Today For An #AirbnbWhileBlack Twitter Chat

Today, Code Switch's Gene Demby and Hidden Brain's Shankar Vedantam will be leading a Twitter chat to discuss what it's like to be a person of color participating in the sharing economy.

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