Thursday’s Headlines

  • During the coronavirus pandemic, bike and sidewalk projects that might have taken years to approve or been killed by drivers are now getting done in a matter of weeks (New Republic). Australia is fast-tracking the construction of about 500 miles of bike lanes to accommodate the resurgence (The Guardian), and Toronto is poised to approve new routes as well (blogTO).
  • A black birdwatcher’s confrontation with a white woman who called 911 on him in Central Park is a reminder that African Americans don’t always feel safe in public spaces. (City Lab)
  • The car-loving New York Times did a whole story about the glory of the SUV, yet writer ?Tom Voelk?? devoted not a single word to the commensurate rise in deaths outside these assault cars. Where is the public editor when you need her?
  • A decade’s worth of data shows that more people commute by bike where there are bike-share networks, but the increase is mostly confined to a few standout cities like Portland. (Fast Company)
  • Transit agencies are going to have to win back the trust of riders before they turn their attention to new infrastructure. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • The U.S. is entering its third bike revival thanks to coronavirus. (Quartz; subscription required)
  • California is considering requiring Uber and Lyft drivers to use electric vehicles, cutting down on their emissions from “deadheading,” or driving around with no passengers. (Clean Technica)
  • San Francisco is letting bars and restaurants take over streets, sidewalks and parking spaces for pickup and, eventually, outdoor dining (Eater). The question is, will this leave any room for people to walk?
  • Valley Metro is holding online public hearings on a light rail expansion into West Phoenix. (KJZZ)
  • Hartford is starting the process of reimagining its dangerous and congested Main Street. (Courant)
  • A Texas railroad company owner is pushing a solution to the exorbitant freeway maintenance costs from tractor-trailer damage in Wyoming and elsewhere: Put the trucks on trains. (KPVI)
  • Florida drivers are entitled — even the ones on golf carts. (Villages News)


NYC Gets Its First-Ever Physically-Separated Bike Path

The Department of Transportation revealed plans for New York City’s first-ever physically-separated bike lane, or "cycle track," at a Manhattan Community Board 4 meeting last night. The new bike path will run southbound on Ninth Avenue from W. 23rd to W. 16th Street in Manhattan. Unlike the typical Class II on-street bike lane in which […]

Engineering Establishment Sets Out to Purge Deviant Bikeway Designs

The National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices might be the most influential group of American bike policy makers you’ve never heard of. The committee shapes street design standards in the United States to a large extent. Their recommendations become part of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, a guide to street markings, signs, and […]

Bakersfield Residents Vow to Fight Retrograde Highway Plan

Many American cities, at this point, are waking up with a sort of hangover from the “Interstate Era” that demolished urban neighborhoods to build life-sapping highways. Heck, some really proactive cities are demolishing their underused, elevated, antiquated urban freeways. Then there are places like Bakersfield, California, where the Interstate Era continues to this day: One […]