Cities and countries worldwide are moving quickly to build more bike infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic, but such decisions aren’t always made in consultation with a diverse group of stakeholders (BBC). The issue of disparity is one that recently reared its head in Richmond, where advocates wonder why communities of color have been left behind (Times-Dispatch).
Both governments and employers need to step up to make commuting more inclusive and sustainable by embracing all modes of transportation — not just cars — offering flexible hours and charging for parking. (World Economic Forum)
The New York Times has tips on how to stay safe on transit: use contactless payment, time your trips to avoid crowds, and don’t eat on the train.
The type of technology self-driving cars need to successfully avoid crashes in the real world is so expensive that consumers might not be able to afford them. Instead, they’ll probably be deployed as shared fleets. (Forbes)
President Trump is trying to appeal to suburbanites, but doesn’t appear to know what a suburb is. (Slate)
The DOT chief in Los Angeles expects L.A.’s infamous traffic to get even worse post-pandemic (Spectrum News). Traffic is also rebounding in Raleigh, although many people continue to work from home (News & Observer). But one study suggests vehicle-miles driven could drop by 10 percent permanently (State Smart Transportation Initiative).
An NYU study examines the challenges of rebuilding transit ridership in New York City. (Streetsblog)
Supporters of the Twin Cities’ Blue Line are pushing Gov. Tim Walz to restart talks with freight company BNR on the stalled light-rail project. (Star Tribune)
The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority uses ridership data to quickly change schedules when demand shifts. (Transit Center)
Biking is so hot right now, and MSN lists the benefits.
Achieving an outcome that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, while ensuring the development of safe and healthy cities, will require policy-makers and activists to act decisively. Our research on a general theory of car dependence suggests a few ways that they can do this.