After a year of testing in Silver Spring and Takoma Park, Montgomery
County has expanded a dockless bike rental program to North Bethesda.
Customers register online for the privately held company’s service and
use a GPS-linked phone app to ;nd and
electronically unlock the closest two-wheeler; there are no bikeshare docks
like those on some Bethesda corners.
Cities across the country where dockless
scooter and bike rentals have been
introduced are considering regulations—
and ;nes—to discourage customers
from haphazardly abandoning the
bicycles in yards or blocking sidewalks.
Montgomery County’s pilot program
found that 7 percent of the dockless
bikes were dropped in a way that caused
County Executive Marc Elrich has
a new all-electric car as his of;cial
ride. Elrich, who preached on the
campaign trail of the lofty goal of a
carbon-neutral county by the middle
of the century, ordered a Chevrolet
Bolt from the county’s motor pool
after he took of;ce in December.
The $34,000 car—which the
manufacturer, GM, says can
travel up to 238 miles on a single
charge—won’t replace a hefty
fossil fuel-powered SUV when Elrich
is accompanied by his security
detail on some of his of;cial
rounds, a spokesman said. Elrich’s
personal car is a battery-powered
What is believed to be the ;rst high school-level class in Maryland probing the
history of hip-hop music debuted this semester at Montgomery Blair High School in
Silver Spring. “This idea has been in my spirit for a long time,” said Kenneth Smith,
the social studies teacher who launched the course, which includes topics such
as the culture and evolution of rap and its place in social justice and feminism.
The teacher says the class is a way to ;nd common ground among students from
different socioeconomic backgrounds and with varying academic skills.
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Fishmongers at Ocean City Seafood in Silver
Spring experienced a rare ;nd in a shipment
from Maine before the holidays: a nearly
2-pound calico lobster. The University of
Maine’s Lobster Institute says about 1 in 30
million lobsters have the distinctive orange
and black mottled shell, a genetic mutation.
The shop’s owner plans to send the lobster,
named Eve, to a university aquarium. People
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
had another suggestion: “Give this beauty her
freedom and return her to the ocean, where
she’ll be able to pursue everything that’s
natural and important to her.”
BY THE BETHESDA BEAT STAFF