Friday’s Headlines

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  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom officially signed a new law granting labor rights to Uber and Lyft drivers (HuffPost). Having to actually pay drivers a fair wage could threaten the ride-sharing giants’ existence. So could, Jalopnik points out, a lawsuit against surge pricing.
  • People have always been willing to commute to work half an hour each way. Problem is, cities look a lot different now that most people commute by car than when most people commuted on foot. (City Lab)
  • Big Three automaker Ford is designing a new pedestrian friendly engineering campus to replace one that’s so sprawling, employees often drive to meetings. (Fast Company)
  • Boston Magazine tried to travel across Massachusetts via public transit and didn’t have an easy time.
  • New York Gov. Mario Cuomo wants to tear down the Buffalo skyway, opening up the area for a waterfront park, but there’s little new transit to get people downtown. (WIVB)
  • Muni is cutting service on San Francisco’s iconic Market Street streetcar because it can’t train enough operators. (Examiner)
  • The University of Southern California is offering a 50 percent fare subsidy for employees who use the L.A. Metro.
  • New Orleans’s streets are getting more dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. (WDSU)
  • A 700-mile network of bike trails is planned for the Milwaukee area. (Madison Cap Times)
  • If the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority no longer runs Cincinnati’s streetcar, will the city or another authority take over? (WVXU)
  • Asheville police are finally implementing new training two years after a white officer beat a black man for crossing the street. (WLOS)
  • The War on Cars podcast discusses Barcelona’s efforts to reclaim its streets from cars via “superblocks.”

Thursday’s Headlines

  • President Trump — via tweet, of course — announced he’s revoking California’s ability to restrict pollution from cars and trucks. His administration had already rolled back President Obama’s stricter federal rules, but automakers had agreed to abide by California’s standards nationwide (Washington Post). Streetsblog’s Aaron Short showed why that’s bad.
  • When the public wants safer streets, engineers often thwart their will. (Strong Towns)
  • A new bill introduced by a California congressman would tie federal transit funding to looser zoning regulations on development near transit stops in an effort to increase the supply of affordable housing. (Reason)
  • Lyft was just hit by five more lawsuits alleging that drivers sexually assaulted female passengers. (CNN)
  • A new transit center in Worcester, Massachusetts is an example of how small cities can tackle climate change. (Next City)
  • Minneapolis is considering lowing speed limits on most, if not all, city streets by 2027 as part of its Vision Zero initiative. (Star Tribune)
  • Cincinnati officials are starting to realizing that bad street designs are contributing to pedestrian deaths, and are considering adopting guidelines for raised crosswalks. bump-outs and other safety measures. (WCPO)
  • West Palm Beach residents are trying to kill a portion of a bike path. (PB Post)
  • Uber is collecting data to potentially bring driverless cars to Dallas. (Forbes)
  • Salt Lake City is the latest municipality to consider kicking e-scooters off the sidewalks. (KJZZ)
  • Bike shares have been pulling bikes off the streets in many cities in favor of e-scooters, but in Memphis they might be able to coexist. (Flyer)
  • Ann Arbor is getting its first two-way protected bike lane. (MLive)
  • When it comes to ride-hailing, Vancouver is the largest holdout in North America. The city is about to let Uber and Lyft in, but does it even need to? Public transit there is so good that over half of commuters don’t drive to work. (City Lab)
  • There are a lot of A’s in the A: Hawaii artist Peter Gorman is making a book about Atlanta and 30 other cities’ most absurd intersections. (Curbed)
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