House Democrats’ INVEST Act still includes too much highway money — though with a focus on repairs rather than new construction — but it would provide hundreds of millions for electrifying bus fleets and set new greenhouse gas standards (U.S. PIRG). Keep up to date at Transportation for America, which is tracking amendments to the bill.
As cars came to dominance, cities began to neglect their sidewalks. Now coronavirus has exposed the lack of investment. (Bloomberg)
To best serve users in the post-COVID era, transit agencies will have to think outside the box. (The City Fix)
Police use jaywalking laws to target people of color, and those laws should be lifted. (The Guardian)
Can robots be racist? Self-driving vehicles have a harder time recognizing pedestrians with darker skin, according to a recent study. (Smart State Initiative, Streetsblog)
The U.S. DOT is asking autonomous vehicle operators to voluntarily submit data on safety, but it’s unlikely to get enough takers for the data to mean anything. (The Verge)
The House reportedly likely to vote on a major infrastructure bill soon — and if it passes, it will have big consequences for the future of sustainable transportation in the U.S. The Moving Forward Act is a massive, $1.5-trillion bill that will have sweeping implications for housing, climate change, water, and land use in addition […]
Michael Andersen blogs for The Green Lane Project, a PeopleForBikes program that helps U.S. cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. Of all the possible ways to break the law on a bicycle, pedaling on the sidewalk ought to be one of the most sympathetic. Yes, sidewalk biking is unpleasant and potentially dangerous […]
It's funny how many people try to make environmentalism out to be an effete elitist cause when the benefits are disportionately conferred to groups that have been traditionally oppressed. Plus all the other news.