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  • Transit Center breaks down how the $14 billion for transit included in the new COVID-19 stimulus bill will be distributed.
  • Consumers purchased a record $4.6 billion worth of bikes this year. Unfortunately, whether the boom lasts probably depends on the federal government. (The Verge)
  • So what can Biden do for bikes? During his presidential campaign, transportation secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg’s plan was perhaps a bit auto-centric, but he committed to a national Complete Streets policy and had a solid record as mayor of South Bend (Bicycling). He’s also promised to tear down urban highways that have a racist past (Streetsblog).
  • Cars are getting safer for drivers but more dangerous for pedestrians. Volvo is implementing new technology like auto-braking that should help — but that’s no substitute for reversing the primacy of cars over people. (Fast Company)
  • Ford-owned Spin is deploying new e-scooters that warn pedestrians when they’re being ridden on the sidewalk. (Washington Post)
  • With online delivery vehicles clogging streets, cities should be charging them to use the curb. (Fortune)
  • Uber is pledging 10 million free or discounted rides for people going to get a COVID-19 vaccine (Fox Business). That’s cool — but it’s also a PR ploy for a company that continues to lose money and has gotten a lot of bad press (Quartz).
  • Smart Growth America has a primer for championing Complete Streets in your community.
  • A private company is pitching a partnership with Tampa to build a new streetcar line. (Tampa Bay Times)
  • Austin’s Project Connect transit expansion plan has a new governing board. (American-Statesman)
  • Minneapolis officials expect to pick a new route for the Bottineau Blue Line by the end of 2021. (Star Tribune)
  • Raleigh received a $71-million federal grant for its first bus rapid transit line. (News & Observer)
  • Boston is removing concrete bike-lane barriers on one notoriously dangerous street because drivers can’t seem to stop plowing into them. Guess they’ll just drift into the bike lane instead? (Globe)
  • Celebrities, they’re just like other drivers: Atlanta Hawks guard Rajon Rondo shoved a woman in a dispute over parking, according to a lawsuit she filed. (Yahoo Sports)

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People who bike are no more likely to disregard traffic laws than people who drive, according to a new survey published in the Journal of Transport and Land Use. Photo: Photo: Jim Henderson/Wikimedia Commons

Busting the Myth of the “Scofflaw Cyclist”

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According to a certain perspective that seems to hold sway among local newspaper columnists, bicyclists are reckless daredevils who flout the road rules that everyone else faithfully upholds. But the results of a massive survey published in the Journal of Transport and Land Use point to a different conclusion -- everyone breaks traffic laws, and there's nothing extraordinary about how people behave on bikes.

U.S. DOT to Publish Its Own Manual on Protected Bike Lanes

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Before the end of this year, the Federal Highway Administration will release its own guidance on designing protected bike lanes. The agency’s positions on bicycling infrastructure has matured in recent years. Until recently, U.S. DOT’s policy was simple adherence to outdated and stodgy manuals like AASHTO’s Green Book and FHWA’s own Manual on Uniform Traffic […]