Skip to Content
Streetsblog USA home
Streetsblog USA home
Log In
Streetsblog

Monday’s Headlines Are Innovating Away

Sweden is taking the American parklet idea to a whole new level.

    • Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is on an innovation kick, with a rather vague column in TechCrunch and a more interesting interview with The Verge, discussing how transit should be an option for everyone and not something certain people are "stuck with," the need for better urban planning and the challenges of regulating self-driving cars.
    • President Biden's Build Back Better bill should do more to encourage e-bike purchases, which already outpace electric cars by two to one. Imagine if the subsidies for e-bikes didn't pale in comparison. (Wired)
    • Urban gardens, solar panels and pop-up businesses like food trucks are some of American City and County's ideas for utilizing vacant parking lots.
    • The 15-minute city is all the rage, and now Sweden is aiming for tiny "one-minute cities," using prefab, easily movable parking space-shaped benches, parks and outdoor dining areas to activate streetscapes block-by-block in consultation with residents. It's based on the pandemic "parklets" in U.S. cities but on a nationwide scale. (City Lab)
    • Public envy of European cities makes it too easy for American officials to dismiss biking and walking projects as utopian. Talking about those cities' long struggles to get where they are is more effective. (Slate)
    • A Silver Line extension, an Alexandria metro station, renovations of other Metro stations, a pedestrian tunnel near Walter Reed, 16th Street bus lanes and 20 miles of new bike lanes are among the transportation projects set to open this year in the Washington, D.C. region. (DCist)
    • Pedestrian deaths have doubled in Nashville since 2016, and 60% of those are killed by drivers on just 2% of roads. (Axios)
    • It will take another year to reopen New Orleans' Rampart streetcar line, closed since 2019 due to a hotel collapse. (Mass Transit Mag)
    • Expanding transit would help increase Charlotte's dwindling supply of affordable housing. (WCNC)
    • A Hawaii study found that a per-mile road usage charge would be more equitable than the existing gas tax. (Hawaii Public Radio)
    • Oakland gave $300 debit cards to 500 residents who agreed to participate a universal basic mobility pilot program. (NBC Bay Area)
    • Although unprotected bike lanes aren't always cleared in a timely fashion, you can ride your bike in the winter in Northern cities. Here's how. (Greater Greater Washington)

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog USA

Wednesday’s Headlines

How should we react to public indifference about the danger cars pose to society? Perhaps a sitcom has something to teach us.

July 24, 2024

Opinion: Is Kamala Harris ‘The Climate President We’ve Been Waiting For’?

Kamala Harris fought hard for a better transportation plan in the San Diego region despite big political risks. If elected president, will she do the same for the country?

July 24, 2024

America is Setting Micromobility Records — But That Boom Could Go Bust Without Public Funding

Shared bike and scooter trips soared 20 percent in a single year. So why are so many U.S. systems shutting down — and what will it take to keep the revolution rolling?

July 24, 2024

Tuesday’s Headlines Are Running Hard

More political news: Today's top stories delve into Kamala Harris' record on climate change and Republicans' plans for the Trump administration if he returns to power.

July 23, 2024

Disabled NYer’s are Victims of Gov. Hochul’s Congestion Pricing Pause

So many New Yorkers can’t use the closest subway station to their homes because they don't have an elevator. And Gov. Hochul just halted funding for 23 new lifts.

July 23, 2024
See all posts