Good transportation policy is also good health-care policy. Effective transit makes it easier for people to get to their doctor’s appointments. (Vox)
With e-commerce up 30 percent during the pandemic, Americans’ online shopping habit has severe consequences for the environment. (Politico)
The cobalt needed to manufacture electric car batteries is becoming the new blood diamonds. (New York Times)
Tesla’s “full self-driving” mode is a disaster. (CNN)
$19 billion from the infrastructure bill is headed to the DMV and could pay to renovate Union Station and build a new train bridge across the Potomac. (DCist)
The New York Times also touted the climate benefits of roundabouts, focusing on Carmel, Indiana, which has more of them than anywhere in the country. Yes, they’re safer for drivers, but the goal should be to get people to drive less.
Streetsblog MASS has some suggestions for newly elected pro-transit mayor Michelle Wu.
New Cincinnati mayor Aftab Pureval won by making climate change a centerpiece of his campaign. (Governing)
Step one: Do it like Indianapolis. Of the 130 complete streets policies passed in 2012, the one passed by Indianapolis gets the highest score in a new ranking by Smart Growth America and its National Complete Streets Coalition. “The Complete Streets movement fundamentally redefines what a street is intended to do, what goals a transportation […]
Streetfilms teamed up with the Public Policy Institute at AARP to bring you a look at how Arlington, Virginia plans for its senior population using transit-oriented development (TOD). Arlington has been practicing TOD since the late 1970s, when Washington’s Metrorail first began service there, and it’s proved very effective in accommodating the population growth of this […]
Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper recently tweeted that “Ohio needs an urban agenda.” A group of local bloggers (myself included) think that’s a great idea, and we’ve been writing about what good state-level policy for Ohio cities would look like. Despite being one of the most urbanized states in the nation, Ohio doesn’t really have a coherent policy agenda to strengthen […]
How good are your state’s policies on walking and biking? The Alliance for Biking and Walking has made it easy to find out with this at-a-glance chart, released as part of its biannual Benchmarking report this week. According to the Alliance, state policies are getting progressively better for walking and biking. Now, 34 states publish […]