Thursday’s Headlines Need An Assist

  • A coalition of nonprofits is working to help smaller cities, which often lack the expertise or resources to navigate the grant application process, to access $1 trillion in federal funding for infrastructure. (City Lab)
  • With e-bikes becoming more popular and policymakers interested in weaning themselves from Russian oil, protected bike lanes are a great way to encourage even more people to use pedal-assist bikes. (Bloomberg)
  • More bike storage is also needed to help e-bikes really take off. (Treehugger)
  • Streetsblog is featured in this video about the importance of quality bus shelters. (Facebook)
  • Two top D.C. Metro officials have resigned in the wake of revelations that train operators have not been receiving proper training. (Washington Post)
  • New Boston bus routes would boost service by 25 percent and even more on weekends. (WBUR)
  • Oregon officials are scheduled to take a vote today on sharply reducing urban parking mandates. (Sightline)
  • Houston’s bike network is growing, but cyclists say the city should do more to maintain bike lanes. (Houston Public Media)
  • It took cyclists’ deaths to spur Miami-Dade officials to take a closer look at protected bike lanes. (NBC Miami)
  • Charleston will start citing businesses that block sidewalks with signs. (Live 5 News)
  • Tempe is stepping up traffic enforcement on high-crash corridors. (ABC 15)
  • Burlington’s transit system will stay fare-free through the next fiscal year. (Vermont Digger)
  • The appropriately named Australian minister Karen Andrews is trying to block funding for light rail near investment property she owns. (The Guardian)
  • Lowering speed limits in Spain reduced traffic deaths by 14 percent. (Sur in English)


Green Lane Project Picks Six New Cities to Make Big Progress on Bikeways

More than 100 cities applied for the second round of the Green Lane Project, the program that helps cities build better bike infrastructure, including protected lanes. People for Bikes, which runs the program, announced its selections for round two today: Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Seattle. “The selected cities have ambitious goals and a vision for […]

Bikes Belong Selects Six Cities to Fast Track Protected Bike Lanes

The Bikes Belong Foundation has chosen six cities to fast track physically protected bikeway designs that make cycling safer and more accessible to a wide range of people. Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland, San Francisco and Washington D.C. will receive a leg up from Bikes Belong’s new “Green Lane Project.” The two-year, intensive technical assistance program […]

Bikes Belong to Help Six Cities Build Protected Bikeways

Six cities will adopt innovate street designs for safer cycling over the next two years as part of a new program from Bikes Belong. The Green Lane Project will provide financial and technical assistance for cities to develop physically protected cycling infrastructure. The six to-be-determined cities will then serve as models for other American cities […]
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Bikes, Scooters Could Replace So Many Car Trips

Almost half of all car trips in U.S. cities are three miles long or less. That little nugget of information has long been understood, hinted at by U.S. Census surveys, but now a transportation data company has confirmed and expanded on it. INRIX Research constantly collects anonymous travel data from a wide variety of sources. […]

Why a Struggling Industrial City Decided Bikes Are the Way Forward

Reading, Pennsylvania, isn’t your stereotypical biking mecca. It’s a low-income, largely Latino, post-industrial city of almost 90,000 people. But without much of anything in the way of bike infrastructure, Reading has the third-highest rate of bike commuting in Pennsylvania and is among the top 15 cities on the East Coast. Some civic leaders in Reading have seized on the […]