Drivers killed nearly 7,000 pedestrians in 2018, the highest figure since 1990, according to the Federal Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Cyclist deaths were also up 6% over 2017. (Smart Cities Dive, Streetsblog)
A bipartisan group of governors from a dozen East Coast states are working on a cap-and-trade plan to limit emissions from fossil fuel-powered cars and trucks. (Politico)
The Charlotte city council is expected to vote today on starting preliminary work for the 26-mile Silver Line. The project faces financial challenges: At over $6 billion, it's several times more expensive than Charlotte's previous light rail lines, and the feds are not expected to kick in as much money. Possibilities include public-private partnerships and raising a sales tax that funds transit. (Observer)
Sound Transit has rejected two proposed tunnels for a new rail line connecting Seattle and Ballard, citing the $650-million price tag. But a simpler and less expensive tunnel favored by Mayor Jenny Durkin is still on the table. Another alternative is a drawbridge, which would require massive ramps and could impede migrating salmon. (Seattle Times)
Gordon Chaffin of the newsletter Street Justice reports that an aide to Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is holding up three protected bike lane projects.
A Montgomery County council member wants to clear the way for more development to raise tax revenue for a bus rapid transit line the Maryland DOT canceled. (Bethesda Mag)
Austin is contracting with a company called Swiftmile to open 10 e-scooter charging stations. (Tech Crunch)
Lime is pushing to bring more e-scooters to the Boston area (Curbed). Meanwhile, a committee of Georgia lawmakers is considering how to regulate e-scooters (AJC).
A driver was cited for killing a cyclist on a stretch of St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans where bike advocates said they'd sought a protected bike lane in 2017, but the city didn't install one. (Advocate)
Copenhagen is drastically raising the price of residential parking to up to 4,000 kroner a year, or about $400, in an effort to keep cars out of the city. The exact rate is based on emissions and fuel efficiency. (Eltis)
This week we’re joined by Bob Searns to talk about his new book and grand ideas for walking trails that circle whole regions and more local routes that make up a new mode of green infrastructure in cities.