Friday’s Headlines To Cap Off the Week That Was

  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democratic colleague Sherrod Brown have introduced a $73 billion bill to replace 70,000 buses with zero-emissions models. (Streetsblog)
  • The National Association of City Transportation Officials is awarding a second round of 10 grants for cities to adapt streets to meet their pandemic needs. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • California drivers are switching from electric vehicles back to gas ones because there aren’t enough charging stations. (Vice)
  • A $2.49 toll on tailpipe emissions at bridges and tunnels entering New York City could generate $600 million in revenue. (Bloomberg)
  • San Francisco transit chief Jeffrey Tumlin says that, although the city is liberal on a national scale, its local politics are very resistant to change. (Chronicle)
  • Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s proposed budget restores cuts to transit agency WeGo and adds funding for sidewalks, bike lanes and traffic calming. (News Channel 5)
  • Charlotte’s new comprehensive plan will make it much easier to walk and bike. (Observer)
  • Denver’s Regional Transportation District is considering lowering transit fares. (Colorado Public Radio)
  • Indianapolis is making progress on bike infrastructure but remains primarily built for cars. (Star)
  • Kansas City residents want traffic-calming measures installed in neighborhoods as the city repaves streets. (Fox 4)
  • Charleston’s “parklets — on-street parking converted to outdoor seating — are popular among businesses and patrons.” Ya think? (City Paper)
  • In Missoula’s new long-range transportation plan, just four out of 71 projects are road expansions. (KPAX)
  • French cities are using glow-in-the-dark paint to mark bike paths. (The Mayor)
  • Leipzig, Germany, is introducing an unlimited annual transit pass that costs just one Euro a day. (Cities Today)
  • Copenhagen is turning a former dumping ground into a car-free neighborhood. (Fast Company)


How Much Driving Is Avoided When Someone Rides a Bike?

If Jane Doe rides her bike a mile to the post office and then back home, is it fair to assume she just avoided two miles of driving? And can we then assume that she prevented 2.2 pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted? That’s more or less the way most agencies calculate averted vehicle-miles traveled. One […]