Like typewriters in the 1980s and film cameras in the ’90s, the privately owned car is on its way out— a trend accelerated by the pandemic, as well as aging populations and concerns about climate change (Brookings). Streetsblog’s Talking Headways podcast also touched on that this week.
Essential workers are being swamped by car loan payments. (Marketwatch)
Here are 10 transportation lessons from the pandemic, including the need for equity and slowing down traffic, and the positive effects of teleworking and distance learning. (Eltis)
Nearly half of Seattle residents are still working from home, which is fourth among metro areas behind Boston, San Francisco and Washington. At the other end of the spectrum, almost two-thirds of Houston and Miami residents have gone back to the office. (NBC Right Now)
Nashville Mayor John Cooper released a more detailed version of his $1.6-billion transportation plan — scaled back from a failed referendum in 2018 — which includes funding for expanded bus service and Vision Zero initiatives. (Scene)
Austin’s Project Connect transit plan faces new opposition from self-described progressives who worry raising taxes to expand transit will make housing more unaffordable. Supporters say better transit will benefit low-income residents, and affordable housing is included in the plan. (KXAN)
A Boston elevated trolley project will also include a separated bike path in the sky. (Globe)
Bay Area transit agencies failed to invest in maintenance or expansions during the past decade, and now the job will get even harder with pandemic-shrunken budgets for years to come. (SPUR)
Milwaukee officials hope the reliability and amenities of its new bus rapid transit line will convert drivers to transit users. (Milwaukee Magazine)
Greenville, S.C., won’t reduce residential speed limits to 20 miles per hour, but will take other steps to calm traffic. (Charleston Post & Courier)
Miami has caught on to the concept of using parked cars to protect cyclists. (Herald)
Charlotte’s BCycle bike-share is now Charlotte Joy Rides and has 250 new e-bikes. (Observer)
Tucson is offering free bike-share rides on Thursdays in October. (KVOA)
Toronto’s new separated bike lanes could prevent 89 percent of injuries — twice as many as painted or semi-protected lanes. (Daily Hive)
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 […]
Cities need to keep their youngest residents safe, healthy, and learning in their own neighborhood thanks to a pandemic that is putting roughly 80 percent of U.S. students on remote learning. Here's how.
More disturbing reports from Atlanta’s epic frozen traffic jam disaster are coming to light today. It’s hard to believe how quickly the situation got out of hand when the region’s freeways got hit with a few inches of snow. A woman who was trapped in her car for 12 hours on a freeway trying to […]
At home, it's "Infrastructure Week," which means the candidates will outdo each other to build highways. Meanwhile, London is converting nearly 2,000 parking spaces for cars into bike corrals. Plus all the other news.