Friday’s Headlines Scoot Into the Weekend

Photo:  Elvert Barnes/Flickr/CC
Photo: Elvert Barnes/Flickr/CC
  • Once scorned because careless riders would leave them scattered everywhere, e-scooters are making a comeback in some cities as scooter companies have learned to work with regulators. (New York Times)
  • Guerilla groups are rising up against the auto overlords by painting illicit crosswalks and taking the air out of SUV tires. (Slate)
  • Bad news on climate change: Not only are sea levels rising, but coastal cities are sinking, too (Grist). And the shrinking Great Salt Lake could create a cloud of toxic dust in Utah (Salt Lake Tribune).
  • An increasing number of West Coast cities and states are reconsidering parking minimums, which could alleviate the housing crisis as well as discourage driving. (Pew Stateline)
  • Speaking of parking, a Dallas nonprofit transformed a vacant parking lot into a community plaza with programming for at-risk youth (D Magazine).
  • Dallas adopted a Vision Zero plan with the goal of eliminating traffic deaths by 2030. (Morning News)
  • Portland already has a Vision Zero plan, but traffic deaths continue to rise, with 27 in 2021 and 13 so far this year. (KATU)
  • Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill providing $9 million to plan the Front Range passenger rail line. (Denver Gazette)
  • Rochester has approved the first bus rapid transit line in Minnesota outside the Twin Cities, but funding is still needed. (KTTC)
  • Austin has approved a “bike lane bounty” where, if residents turn in drivers who block bike lanes, they get 25 percent of the ticket revenue. (Monitor)
  • White-collar workers in London want to keep working from home (The Guardian) but that shouldn’t stop the UK from continuing to build more rail (Centre for Cities).
  • The European Union is set to ban the sale of new gas- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2035. (Reuters)