Skip to Content
Streetsblog USA home
Streetsblog USA home
Log In

Monday’s Headlines From All Over the Place

12:01 AM EDT on June 29, 2020

    • COVID-19 has created a spurt of new cyclists. To keep them pedaling, The Conversation recommends building separated bike lanes, connecting networks, improving winter maintenance and providing incentives.
    • A flooded market meant the e-scooter industry was already shaky, and then the pandemic came along. But e-scooters seem safer than transit these days, so the remaining companies could come out stronger on the other side. (One Zero)
    • The House transportation committee passed the INVEST Act last week, and Transportation for America lauds the bill for prioritizing maintenance (over road-building), funding transit and addressing climate change and equity. The full House will vote on it this week.
    • Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley wants to invest $250 billion over five years on transit to increase service and reduce overcrowding on buses and trains during the pandemic. (Boston Globe)
    • Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell is pushing for a measure in House Democrats' infrastructure bill to require drunk-driving prevention systems in cars. (The Hill)
    • California is requiring all trucks sold in the state to be zero-emissions by 2045 (New York Times). And California is such a big market that as it goes, so goes the rest of the country, usually.
    • California is also asking a judge to force Uber and Lyft to comply with a new state law classifying their drivers as employees with benefits rather than contractors (CNN). The NY Times editorializes that the companies are exploiting workers by refusing to provide unemployment or other benefits, and rely on taxpayers to help keep fares artificially low.
    • Atlanta transit and equity groups are joining the chorus of voices urging police to ease up on traffic enforcement, which can disproportionately funnel people of color into the criminal justice system for minor infractions. (AJC)
    • Denver is using artificial intelligence to adjust the timing of crosswalk signals for pedestrians. (Smart Cities Dive)
    • Arkansas's new 25-year transportation plan includes a greater emphasis on walking, biking, transit and safety. (Democrat-Gazette)
    • Providence converted a highway bridge into a pedestrian bridge than connects downtown with new waterfront neighborhoods. (Fast Company)
    • The Connecticut DOT will start deploying autonomous buses next year. (Traffic Technology Today)
    • May the road rise up to meet you: Traffic in Dublin is back to 75 percent of its pre-COVID levels. (Irish Times)

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog USA

Friday’s Headlines Are So Fresh and So Clean

The only thing Americans love more than a car is a clean car.

February 23, 2024

CalBike: Tell the Legislature Hands Off Active Transportation Funding

Calbike has an action alert that allows its members to write directly to legislators with their feelings on whether or not the ATP funding should be restored before the legislature votes on the budget in June.

February 22, 2024

Oakland Rips Out Protected Bike Lane on Embarcadero

The city and the councilmember who represents District 2 complain about lack of resources for safety projects, but somehow they have the resources to rip out protected bike lanes.

February 22, 2024

Talking Headways Podcast: The Annual Yonah Freemark Show, Part II

This week, let's talk about transit funding in general and the Roosevelt Boulevard subway in Philadelphia, specifically.

February 22, 2024

State DOTs Spend Even More Money on Highway Expansions Than We Thought

Advocates knew states would go on a highway widening binge when the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed — but they didn't know it would be quite this bad.

February 22, 2024
See all posts