Today’s Headlines

  • After 20 Years of Talk, Could the Infrastructure Bank Idea Finally Become Reality? (TNR)
  • FHWA Releases List of Bicycle Facilities Included in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
  • HSR Designation Allows Amtrak to Improve Connectivity on Nation’s Densest Corridor (CivSource)
  • LaTourette: Some Lawmakers Don’t Really Know What an Earmark Is, Let’s Revisit Ban (The Hill)
  • Florida Gov. Scott Overestimated Job Creation Potential of Port-Dredging Project (Orlando Sentinel)
  • Can Tea Partiers Becomes Smart-Growth Urbanists? (NYTBoston Globe)
  • How Bicycle Infrastructure Improved the Local Economy in Hattiesburg, Mississippi (Bike League)
  • Working in Your Pajamas Saves 10 Million Barrels of Oil a Year (Switchboard)
  • Japan’s High Density Made Its Population More Vulnerable to Natural Disaster (ShopFloor)
  • High-Speed Rail Rejection is a Slap in the Face of the Middle Class (Treehugger)
  • Alai

    “Can Tea Partiers Becomes Smart-Growth Urbanists?” rings true to me. A lot of the stated Tea Party principles are actually perfectly sound–it’s just that the movement has suffered from an unfortunate association with Sarah Palin, anti-Obama nutcases, racism, etc. Some people would say that those are the true essence of the tea party, but I think it’s foolish to discount peoples’ legitimate grievances, and it’s a major failure on the Democratic party’s part that they’ve totally failed to address and direct the powerful populist anti-establishment forces.


Memphis Turns to Crowdsourcing for Final Chunk of Bikeway Funds

One of the most exciting American cities for livable streets right now is Memphis, Tennessee, whose progressive mayor, A.C. Wharton, has championed the expansion of the bike network and helped the city secure the sought-after guidance of national bike infrastructure experts with the Green Lane Project. Now Memphis has one of the nation’s most ambitious […]

The Environmental Impact of Your Two-Wheeled Commute

Slate’s Brian Palmer wrote in an article this week that he’s thinking of switching his commute “from four wheels to two” but he’s concerned about the environmental impact of bicycling: specifically, “about all the energy it takes to manufacture and ship a new bicycle.” He wants to know how many miles he would “bike the […]

Revisiting the Idea of a Bicycle Tax

The city of Tucson has some nice-looking bicycle infrastructure. Now the City Council is looking at imposing bike registration fees, even though the system wouldn’t even pay for itself. (Photo: Steven Vance via Flickr) Two different methods of making bicycle riders pay for roads came over the feed on the Streetsblog Network over the last […]