Wednesday’s Headlines

  • Uber’s dream of flying cars is undeterred (CNN) even after a helicopter crashed over Manhattan on Monday (USA Today). Uber was already offering $200 chopper rides to JFK (CBS News). Never fear: Fast Company says one doesn’t have anything to do with other, and Bloomberg predicts flying taxis might be just four years away. We’ll take the over on that.
  • Lyft’s lawsuit seeking to keep bike-share competitors out of San Francisco shows it doesn’t care much about ending car ownership (Quartz). Case in point: An appreciation party Uber threw for drivers in Chicago turned into chaos when they all decided to drive themselves (Tribune).
  • Houston is committing to Vision Zero. Mayor Sylvester Turner made the pledge at a ceremony honoring two people killed by a driver in March. The intersection now has a new crosswalk, wheelchair ramp and flashing beacon. (KHOU)
  • Nashville Mayor David Briley says he’s pro-transit, but he’s proposing cutting bus service. (Tennessean)
  • The Tampa Bay Times clears up some myths about a planned St. Petersburg bus-only lane.
  • The arrival of e-bikes in Portland is being pushed back to 2020. (Willamette Week)
  • Some people in Washington, D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood are upset to lose three parking spaces to Capital Bikeshare. (Greater Greater Washington)
  • If “Speed” were set in 2019, not even Keanu Reeves could save that bus. The average speed for a bus in Santa Monica, Calif., is now 9 miles per hour. That’s one reason ridership is declining. (Transfer Magazine)
  • A $2-billion transit terminal in San Francisco still needs repairs, but is close to reopening. (KCRA)
  • Vancouver is on pace to meet its ambitious biking and walking goals, thanks in part to bike infrastructure where even beginners feel safe. (Fast Company, StreetsblogUSA). TBH, Canada as a whole is kind of kicking America’s butt (CUTA).
  • Pod people will not be zipping across Madison anytime soon. (Next City)

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