Wednesday’s Headlines Don’t Feel the Need for Speed

  • The Biden administration is spending $3 billion to spur domestic production of batteries for electric vehicles, although the minerals needed are mainly controlled by China. (New York Times)
  • Another reminder that the best way to reduce emissions is not EVs, but making it easy for people to ditch cars altogether. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • The Census Bureau is reclassifying more than 1,000 communities from urban to rural, which could affect their transportation funding. (Associated Press)
  • After a recent mass shooting on the New York City subway and amid fears that crime is keeping riders away, some federal lawmakers are calling for more funding for transit security (NPR). The thing is, crime on transit is actually down; the only reason the crime rate is higher is because ridership has fallen. (Human Transit).
  • Instead of investing in better street design, NYC is trying a “scared straight” approach to slowing down speeding drivers, with billboards and an ad campaign depicting pedestrians and cyclists being hit. Now that we think about it, who are they trying to scare? (NY Times, Streetsblog NYC)
  • A Houston native who’s developing a car-free development in Arizona says his hometown is getting more bike-friendly, but some Houston cycling advocates disagree. (Chronicle)
  • An Atlanta foundation donated $30 million toward finishing the Beltline, a 22-mile walking and biking loop around the city. (AJC)
  • Plans to shorten a proposed Honolulu light rail line would also cut the estimated daily ridership by 35,000. (Civil Beat)
  • Birmingham has started striping lanes for a new bus rapid transit line. (WBRC)
  • One Capital Bikeshare user has visited all 683 docks in the D.C. region, saying it helped him get to know the area when he moved there three years ago. (Washington Post)


The “Gentrification Paradox”

Bill Lindeke at Twin City Sidewalks calls it the “gentrification paradox”: when urbanites oppose bike lanes, streetcars, and other improvements to their neighborhoods out of fear that current residents will eventually be priced out. Lindeke says this is especially true in cities with expensive housing markets, like New York: These conversations often lead people to […]

Violent Crime Up in the Suburbs, Down in Big Cities

A result of better city policing? Or a symptom of suburban decline? The Wall Street Journal reports that over the last 10 years violent crime has spiked in the suburbs while tapering off in cities. Using data from the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Brookings Institution, WSJ reporters found that suburban homicide rates increased 16.9 […]

How Do the World’s Cities Stack Up on Walkability?

What makes a great walking city? Wide sidewalks with lots of street life? Low volumes of traffic? Lively pedestrian plazas? Hop-on, hop-off transit? A group called Walk21 has developed a standardized way to assess the walkability of cities, based on factors like how much people walk and how much transport funding is devoted to pedestrian […]

Fight Street Crime With Speed Bumps and Crosswalks

In Gabe Klein’s exit interview with Chicago Mag, the outgoing transportation commissioner predicted that in the next few years, cities will be paying more attention to the correlation between lawbreaking by drivers and other kinds of crime. “I think it’s a broken windows effect,” Klein said. “If you get control of the traffic crime, I […]