Thursday’s Headlines

  • To avoid parking fees and wasting gas by circling around, autonomous cars could create their own traffic jams. (NPR) Robot taxis would also be a threat to public transit if they ever hit the streets. (Business Insider)
  • Could cargo bikes with pedal assist (Outside) and/or Dutch-style Gazelle e-bikes (Treehugger) one day replace cars?
  • The densely populated parts of Philadelphia have lower crash rates, probably because speeds are lower, according to a Pennsylvania DOT study. But even in densely populated suburbs, with their wide arterial roads, pedestrians are at higher risk than drivers. (Plan Philly)
  • A bill that would transition Oregon to 99 percent electric vehicles by 2050 would have the side effect of gutting the state’s transportation fund. (Willamette Week)
  • With its Complete Streets policy, Neptune Beach, Fla. is leading the way in a region notorious for being deadly for cyclists and pedestrians. (Times-Union)
  • Washington, D.C. is repainting crosswalks to make them more visible, but it probably won’t do much good. (WAMU)
  • The public strongly favors light rail over the bus rapid transit Las Vegas commissioners approved last month. (Sun)
  • North Carolina taxpayers will pay $159 million for a light rail line that will never be built. (WRAL)
  • Louisiana lawmakers all agree that Uber and Lyft should be regulated — but they can’t agree on which agency should do the regulating. (The Advocate)
  • After a driver hit a Philadelphia woman and put her in a coma, her brother and a classmate invented a portable helmet that folds up to the size of a water bottle. (WHYY)
  • Uber and Lyft riders have had it with air fresheners. (The Atlantic)