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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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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
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Obama's Trip to Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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