Today’s Headlines

  • Senate Panel Greenlights FAST Act Transpo Funding Levels (Progressive Railroading)
  • How Will We Know When We’re Getting Bike Equity Right? (Next City)
  • New Urban Land Institute Report Looks at Trend of “Trail-Oriented Development”
  • Rethinking Miami’s Iconic Calle Ocho as a Complete Street (CityLab)
  • Foxx, Mayors Return From “Smart City” Tour in Europe (E Turbo News)
  • Wired: No, Dallas Highway Widening Isn’t a Model for Other Cities
  • Why Philanthropy’s Big on Cycling (Inside Philanthropy)
  • Game Back on for Cincinnati’s Streetcar (Cincy Biz Journal)
  • Austin Bike Advocates Call for Safety Upgrades (KXAN)
  • How One German City Handles Pedestrians Engrossed in Their Phones (WaPo)
  • HamTech87

    I fear Trail-washing is the new greenwashing. Developers are using this as an excuse to build at remote sites along these trails, when the trails themselves are really not all that useful for transportation.

    If we’re going to get on-board with Trail-Oriented Development, we need to make sure the trails can function as real transportation routes, and include:
    (1) illumination so they can be used at night, not close at dusk
    (2) administration by transportation departments with stronger budgets, as opposed to parks departments which have their budgets cut first
    (3) high-quality materials in the surface, not just dirt, rocks, and roots
    (4) snow and ice removal systems
    (5) nearby places to go, as sometimes these trails don’t lead anywhere useful or even have safe ways to reach nearby commercial districts
    (6) orientation of buildings to the trail, so using it is useful and not isolating/scary
    (7) limited car parking at the new residential developments along the trail, so that the trail becomes a primary transportation mode.


Bike Month Begins, Minneapolis Brings Home Cycling Gold

Despite having the coldest winter weather of any major U.S. city, Minneapolis has the second highest rate of bike commuting in the country, after Portland. Ridership throughout the city is up 21 percent since 2007 and in some neighborhoods, it’s up as much as 132 percent. Clearly, chilly Minneapolis has become a hot place to […]

Have Toronto’s Bike Lane Butchers Found Another Target?

How did Toronto — a great global city of glass highrises and extensive transit — come to be the only city in North America actively removing bike lanes? This city has 20,000 daily cycle commuters [PDF], and a population density that is well above San Francisco’s. We’re talking about Jane Jacobs’ adopted home city here, […]

San Diego Claims Space for Biking With Its First Road Diet

San Diego certainly has the right kind of climate to be a great biking city. But its streets — wide, fast, scary — have been holding it back. That’s beginning to change. On Tuesday, the city striped two buffered bike lanes on major streets. The writers at Bike SD say it’s an important precedent for the city: […]

Today’s Headlines

Rand Paul’s Anti-Bike Amendment Could Come Up For a Vote Late Tonight (Bike League) Journal of Commerce Perpetuates 8 Myths of Tax-Free Infrastructure Funding Solutions August Recess: A Chance for Dems to Seize the High Ground on Global Warming (Grist) How the Buy-America Rule Killed Las Vegas High-Speed Rail (Atlantic Cities) This 3-Mile Widening Will Cost More Than […]