Cities worldwide installed temporary bike and pedestrian facilities during the pandemic, and now they have a chance to permanently reconsider how much of the street they devote to cars. (Fast Company)
Car and Driver looks ahead to 2021’s safety trends, like Pete Buttigieg’s promise of a national Vision Zero strategy, a pilot program to lower speed limits nationwide, seizing reckless drivers’ vehicles and using ignition interlock to stop drunk driving.
Environment America‘s 2021 agenda includes expanding transit and electric vehicle charging stations in California, banning fossil-fuel-burning cars in Washington, EV rebates in Texas and a gas-tax hike in Missouri.
The $1 billion in the federal coronavirus stimulus bill for Bay Area transit agencies will stave off cuts for now, but the long-term funding picture remains unclear. (San Jose Mercury News)
Michigan transit agencies are also worried about what happens in October, when emergency COVID funds run out. (Detroit News)
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants to crack down on speeding drivers and raising the gas tax to help close a $1.2-billion budget deficit. (Tribune)
Austin built new bike lanes, lowered speed limits and reduced crashes at intersections in 2020. (KVUE)
Richmond’s new route system, including a bus rapid transit line, is dismantling the legacy of racism in transportation. (Greater Greater Washington)
The NAACP won a lawsuit against Charleston alleging that the city discriminates against African-American tourists who come to town for a “Black Bike Week” event. (WBTW)
The Texas DOT is making progress on complete streets, but not enough. (KFOX)
Uber is raising fares in Seattle as the city’s new minimum wage law for drivers takes effect. (KOMO)
Yesterday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that a contractor has been selected to build the 14-mile Purple Line light rail in DC’s Maryland suburbs. It’s a milestone and a major relief following Hogan’s long history of brinkmanship with the project. Kelli Raboy at Greater Greater Washington posted the happy news: After Marylanders elected Governor Larry Hogan […]
Another year, another decline in per capita driving. For the ninth year in a row, the cumulative distance Americans drive is down, adjusting for population, according to new data from the Federal Highway Administration. Total driving by all Americans has fallen about 2 percent since 2007 — or 7 percent per capita — and is […]
America’s largest public bike sharing system turns one this week, and by all accounts, it’s been a spectacular start. In the 12 months since its debut, Capital Bikeshare has become a fixture of life in the greater capital area. Now, just in time for its one-year anniversary, a significant expansion is in the works. Network […]
With the FY2011 budget finally settled, it’s time for Washington to start fighting over 2012. President Obama released his 2012 budget proposal in February. The Republicans introduced theirs last week. And the House Democrats have just released theirs [PDF]. Meanwhile, President Obama is giving a speech in just a few hours on his plan to […]