Tuesday’s Headlines

  • Biking is the future of urban transportation, but the poor are being left behind. (Daily Beast)
  • A former Department of Labor administrator in the Obama Administration makes the case that Uber and Lyft drivers are employees with labor rights. (L.A. Times)
  • Automaker Lee Iacocca — who was as responsible as anyone for America’s car culture  — died last week at age 94. (NY Times)
  • Seattle is studying congestion pricing as a possible way to reduce traffic and CO2 emissions. (KING)
  • Top officials are leaving the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation at a crucial time for the city’s embattled light-rail project. (Civil Beat)
  • Future bus-only lanes on I-286 in Atlanta could be converted to light rail tracks later. (Reporter)
  • Baltimore’s Mount Royal Avenue was one place where not even the cycling community wanted a protected cycle track. But the city built a concrete buffer anyway, and as a result, a popular art festival had to be moved. (Brew)
  • Lyft is bringing over 100 e-scooters to Minneapolis (KARE). Pittsburgh’s bike share is adding e-bikes to its fleet (City Paper). Cobb County, Ga., is expanding its bike-share program (AJC)
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed $1.3 billion to extending Montreal’s Metro line. The project is scheduled for completion in 2026 — 47 years after it was originally proposed. (Ottawa Citizen)
  • Ride-sharing is tired. Grandma-sharing is wired. In Japan, where ride-sharing is banned, Uber is hiring seniors looking for exercise to deliver food on foot. (Yahoo Finance)

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