Today’s Headlines

  • Transpo Funding: the Next Looming Cliff in Congress (The Hill)
  • This Year’s Heroes in the Bike/Ped Movement (Alliance for Biking and Walking)
  • Road Builders Want 15-Cent Gas Tax Hike, With Rebates for Some (Transport Topics)
  • DC Metro Rethinks Long-Term Plans, Suspends Search for New Leader (WaPo)
  • Atlanta’s Among the Many Cities Responding to DOT Challenge for Safer Streets (Atlanta Biz Journal)
  • Long Island’s Affordability Hinges on TOD (Mobilizing the Region)
  • Senator Joins Push to Save Hoosier State Amtrak Line (Indy Star)
  • New Metro Station in the Works for Alexandria, VA (Washington Biz Journal)
  • St. Louis, University City Launch Construction of New Streetcar (STL Today)
  • Oregon Bill Would Let Bikes and Motorcycles Pass Through Red Lights (Oregonian)
  • Mr Cogsworth

    On the Oregon bill: This is the first time I’ve heard of the “Idaho Stop” laws being extended to motorcycles. I’m not sure how I feel about that. My concerns involve the mass and acceleration of a motorbike compared to a bicycle. If a pedestrian steps off the curb at the same time a motorcyclist deems it safe to proceed through the red, there seems to be a much greater potential for collision/injury than with a slower/lighter bicycle. I could be over-thinking this, but I wonder what the rest of the safe-streets community thinks, and if there are any precedents to compare this to.