Tuesday’s Headlines

  • The micro-mobility revolution might be drawing nearer, but it’s not here yet. Rides on shared bikes and scooters doubled between 2017 and 2018, showing a thirst for alternatives to cars. But three quarters of Americans still drive to work alone — a figure that’s barely budged since 2010. (City Lab)
  • Working with the same National Association of City Transportation Officials data, Seattle Bike Blog concludes that Seattle is bucking the trend of growth in docked bike-shares and e-scooters. While companies are pulling dockless bikes out of cities like Charlotte (Observer), because Mayor Jenny Durkin has been reluctant to allow scooters, dockless bikes are still thriving in Seattle.
  • Sidewalk Labs has been developing lots of ways to help cities gather data to use for transportation planning but have a Big Brother vibe. Now the Alphabet subsidiary is working on technology that will let people know when they’re being watched. (Tech Crunch)
  • A steep hill at a Portland university is posing a challenge for engineers on the Southwest Portland light rail line. An aerial tram or funicular might be needed to get riders up it. (Oregonian)
  • Minneapolis broke its single-day light-rail ridership record on Apr. 8, when the city hosted the NCAA basketball national championship game. (Star Tribune)
  • Boston is urging surrounding cities to get onboard with Vision Zero. (WWLP)
  • In a bold move for conservative South Carolina, the Charleston Post and Courier editorial board endorses Complete Streets.
  • Uber is working with the University of South Carolina — where a young woman was murdered after getting into what she mistakenly thought was an Uber — on new safety initiatives. (Geek)
  • Toyota is among the companies investing $1 billion in Uber’s effort to invent a self-driving car. (Ars Technica)
  • Maybe robot cars aren’t so bad, when you think about these drunk-driving Texas twins who, in two separate cars, hit a couple of deputies working a fatal crash. (Houston Chronicle)
  • And maybe cars are already self-aware. A Connecticut woman’s SUV mysteriously ran over her after she got out to check on a parking-brake problem. (Stamford Advocate)

2 thoughts on Tuesday’s Headlines

  1. “Maybe robot cars aren’t so bad, when you think about these drunk-driving Texas twins who, in two separate cars, hit a couple of deputies working a fatal crash. (Houston Chronicle)

    And maybe cars are already self-aware. A Connecticut woman’s SUV mysteriously ran over her after she got out to check on a parking-brake problem. (Stamford Advocate)”

    Traffic fatalities, police officers injured while doing their job, and serious personal injuries are somehow funny to you? Really?

  2. The Cadillac SUV backing over its owner is only news because there was no driver. How many thousands of backing up injuries and deaths occur in driveways and parking lots because these beasts were designed to render shorter pedestrians invisible? Possibly not even a sub category for traffic deaths and injuries, along with infants broiling in parked vehicles when their exhausted parents forget them. All manufacturer design standards that conveniently leave out health and safety considerations.

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