Today’s Headlines

  • California to Start Buying Land for HSR (AP)
  • Tom Harkin Quits the Senate to Ride His Bike, Take Dance Lessons (WaPo)
  • Bike League Offers a Ride Buddy If the White House Will Let the New Chief of Staff Bike to Work
  • Oregon Looks to Expand BRT (Transpo Nation)
  • When Mayors Talk About Infrastructure, They’re Thinking About Seniors (Politico)
  • Elected Officials Don’t Support Safe Routes to School? Shame Them With This Article (Tribune)
  • Riding Transit Builds Stronger Community Connections (AJC)
  • Exterior Airbags on Cars Could Save Lives of Vulnerable Road Users (Inhabitat)
  • A Beautifully International Look at What Makes Cities Great (Atlantic Cities)
  • Chuck Marohn Doesn’t Buy the Narrative About a Recovering Housing Market (Strong Towns)
  • Just went over the AP wire (via WAMU) that LaHood is stepping down.

  • Nathanael

    Uh-oh.  Tom Harkin is one of the only Senators who’s been serious about making the Senate function; he’s opposed the filibuster nonsense since the 1970s.

    Expect the Senate to go into even more hardcore gridlock.  Since the Senate is capable of blocking practically anything, this is the beginning of the end for the federal government.  States should get ready to operate as if the feds don’t exist….


How to Build a Thriving, Equitable Bike-Share System

Bike-share has the capability to expand access to jobs and transit for communities in need of better transportation options — but only if the system is set up and operated in an equitable way. Our latest collaboration with the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) examines how to build a thriving, equitable bike-share system. At the end […]

Why Aren’t American Bike-Share Systems Living Up to Their Potential?

As policy director at the New York City Department of Transportation from 2007 to June, 2014, Jon Orcutt shepherded the nation’s largest bike-share system through the earliest stages of planning, a wide-ranging public engagement process, and, last year, the rollout of hundreds of Citi Bike stations. That makes Orcutt, formerly of Transportation Alternatives and the Tri-State Transportation […]

Biking Skyrockets Where San Diego Added Buffered Bike Lanes

Build bike infrastructure and they will ride. It’s true just about everywhere, including San Diego. Thanks to bike counters set up around the region, Network blog Bike SD got data showing that cycling has skyrocketed on two streets where the city added buffered bike lanes last year: In late 2012 SANDAG, the region’s planning agency, installed bike counters around […]

One More Legal Hurdle for Texas Cyclists

In the state of Texas, local authorities continue to chip away the legal rights of bicyclists. Two weeks ago we featured the story of Reed "ChipSeal" Bates, who was convicted of "reckless driving" for exercising his legal right to ride in a travel lane in Ennis, Texas. Now, the town of Bartonville has passed a […]

Check Out Pittsburgh’s New Bicycle “Merge Lane”

Transitions where streets suddenly change are a tricky part of bike lane design. Here’s how street designers in Pittsburgh handled the transition where a two-way bike lane ends at a T-intersection — with a “merge lane” for cyclists turning right across motor vehicle traffic. Bike PGH is enthusiastic about the new design: Have you had a chance to […]

A Promising Start for Minneapolis Bike-Sharing

The early data is in on one of the country’s pioneering bike-sharing systems, and it brings some encouraging news. Minneapolis’s Nice Ride, which launched this summer, topped 100,000 trips in its first five months. Crash rates and vandalism were very low. Perhaps most interesting was the effect on driving, reports The Bike-Sharing Blog. Nice Ride […]