Today’s Headlines

  • Bill to Allow Atlanta ‘Burbs to Vote on MARTA Expansion Goes to Governor (AJC)
  • NJ Lawmaker Wants to Ticket Pedestrians Who Text and Walk (
  • Charleston to Begin “Test” Bike Lane Period on Important Bridge (Post & Courier)
  • Study: Portland’s Proposed “Rapid Bus” Would Be Slower Than Existing Buses (OPB)
  • Seattle Mayor: Young People Need to Speak Out for Sustainable Transportation (Seattle Times)
  • West Hartford Residents: Five-Story Buildings Will Ruin the Neighborhood (Courant)
  • Uber Signups Spiked During D.C. Metro Closure (The Hill)
  • Former Toronto Mayor and Famous Bike Lane Opponent Rob Ford Dies of Cancer (HuffPo Canada)
  • Andria Simmons Brooks

    Hey FYI that first headline is incorrect – not sure where you got it from – but the bill that would allow for a public vote on MARTA expansion is actually still pending in the Georgia Legislature. The bill referenced in this story is a separate one. It’s not about MARTA expansion. It’s about requiring a public vote for any other types of transit expansion in metro Atlanta (the headline we used was: “No public transit without public vote”), and particularly bus rapid transit in Cobb County. I know because I wrote the story.

  • Quite honestly, five-story buildings would be out-of-character in my neighborhood too.


Chicago, Seattle Mayors Spar Over Bike Lanes, Tech Workers

Nothing like a little friendly competition between mayors. It seems a feud of sorts has developed between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn over who can build the best bike lanes. At a speech in December marking the opening of the Dearborn Street protected bike lanes, Emanuel boasted that Chicago was going […]

Green Lane Project Picks Six New Cities to Make Big Progress on Bikeways

More than 100 cities applied for the second round of the Green Lane Project, the program that helps cities build better bike infrastructure, including protected lanes. People for Bikes, which runs the program, announced its selections for round two today: Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Seattle. “The selected cities have ambitious goals and a vision for […]

What Will It Take to Save Bike-Share in Seattle?

Seattle’s bike-share system, Pronto, is in trouble. Pronto is currently run as a private non-profit, but to continue operations, it needs a $1.4 million injection of city funds by the end of March, Tom Fucoloro at Seattle Bike Blog reports. The system’s ridership has not met projections — in a city with a mandatory helmet law, that’s not very […]

Setbacks and Victories For Urbanism in Yesterday’s Mayoral Races

Mayoral elections broke both ways for livability in American cities yesterday: The results of some may slow progress on transit and street safety, while one-midsized city elected an executive who campaigned strongly on light rail expansion and bikeability. The biggest story was Cincinnati’s mayoral race, where Queen City voters backed Democrat John Cranley by a […]

Chicago Bike Lane Envy Sweeps the Nation

Who would have thunk it just two years ago: Portland, Seattle — even some New York City residents — jealous of Chicago’s cutting-edge bike infrastructure. But here we sit, roughly a year and a half into Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first term, and the city of Chicago has a protected, bi-directional bike lane running directly through the […]