Oil prices are plummeting, pollution is declining, congestion is disappearing — cities like their virtually car-free streets during coronavirus lockdowns, and many are planning to keep them that way when they end. (BBC)
European cities like Brussels and Paris are looking to adopt the bike-friendly Dutch model for people to get around post-coronavirus (Politico). The UK’s transportation secretary is issuing emergency funding for pop-up bike lanes (Forbes). France is even paying people 50 euros each for bike repairs (New York Times).
New York City’s Uber drivers are in a precarious spot, balancing health risks and disappearing fares with bills, families to support and uncertain access to benefits. (New Yorker)
Black Americans make up 30 percent of bus drivers and other essential workers who often use transit, putting them particularly at risk for COVID-19. (Sierra)
Remember that the big layoffs at Uber and Lyft don’t include millions of drivers who can’t find any work and aren’t included in the numbers because they’re technically contractors, not employees. (Observer)
Dallas’s transit agency is preparing for increased ridership as Texans start going back to work (CBS DFW). In the bigger picture, the quarantine is an opportunity to make Dallas more walkable (Morning News).
A planned new highway in Orlando will do what new highways always do: destroy wilderness and encourage sprawl without solving the problem of congestion. (Sentinel)
Recent protests calling to “reopen” Colorado have Denver transit officials scared to require riders to wear masks. (Colorado Politics)
Want restaurants to reopen? Let them put tables in the parking lot. (Slate)
During the global pandemic, cities around the world are recognizing it makes sense to take road space that is usually used for moving and storing cars and instead give it to people. They’re reallocating the right-of-way from travel lanes and parking to create emergency bikeways for essential workers, and open space where residents can safely […]
Rush hour in Copenhagen. Photo: Complete Streets Coalition Is the United States exceptional? It’s a question that’s bedeviled activists and historians alike since the country was born 234 years ago this Sunday. It’s also a question that’s been bugging Barbara McCann, the executive director of the Complete Streets Coalition. She’s been at Velo-City, a bike […]
Bike planners, professional and amateur: Come and get it. The National Association of City Transportation Officials has released its Urban Bikeways Design Guide in digital format. Now transportation planners can take advantage of a printable version in the traditional design guide format. NACTO officials hope transportation professionals around the country make a home for it […]
It started with the closing of bike shops. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Miami-Dade County’s COVID-19 shutdown deemed auto supply and repair shops essential — but forced the closure of bike shops. It set the stage for what has become an ongoing string of questionable policy decisions — decisions that, over time, have cemented an […]