Viva La Tuesday’s Headlines

A bike commuter in France. Photo: Wikimedia
A bike commuter in France. Photo: Wikimedia
  • Traffic deaths are surging in the U.S., but we’re an outlier compared to other countries where streets are getting safer. Transportation researcher Yonah Freemark looked at France and found that a combination of pedestrianizing streets, widespread speed cameras and high gas prices that encourage smaller vehicles are among the reasons why. (City Lab)
  • House transportation committee chairman Rep. Earl Bluemenauer (D-Oregon) is urging President Biden not to suspend the federal gas tax. (The Hill)
  • In the past four years, drivers haven’t killed anyone in Hoboken, where biking is the easiest way to get around and the city prohibits cars from parking near sidewalks and blocking pedestrians’ view. (Curbed)
  • Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frye vetoed a plan to add bike lanes and 24/7 bus lanes to Hennepin Avenue. (Fox 9)
  • The rate of serious crimes on the Twin Cities’ Metro Transit is low, but perception of crime due to the presence of homeless individuals is keeping riders away. (Star Tribune)
  • The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is cutting back on subway service after a federal report took it to task for safety issues. (Streetsblog MASS)
  • Here’s where candidates for Massachusetts governor and lieutenant governor stand on keeping the Boston transit system fare-free. (Politico
  • Federal funding for a $320 million San Antonio bus rapid transit line appears to be on the fast track. (San Antonio Report)
  • Virginia lawmakers rejected Gov. Glenn Younkin’s call to suspend the state gas tax. (WRIC)
  • The Cincinnati Metro is offering free bus service along the stretch of streetcar line that’s blocked by a building’s collapsed roof. (Enquirer)
  • The new electric Hummers are big enough to eat a typical SUV and still have room for a taxi for dessert. (Jalopnik)


Anthony Foxx Challenges Mayors to Protect Pedestrians and Cyclists

With pedestrian and cyclist deaths accounting for a rising share of U.S. traffic fatalities and Congress not exactly raring to take action, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is issuing a direct challenge to America’s mayors to improve street safety. Yesterday Foxx unveiled the “Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets” at the U.S. Conference of Mayors […]

NACTO to Take Safer Street Designs to Developing World Cities

Last year, the National Association of City Transportation Officials brought us the Urban Street Design Guide, and now it’s going global. During the organization’s national conference in San Francisco last Thursday, NACTO chair and former New York City transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced that it will be developing a “Global Street Design Guide” to help developing […]

A Bill to Make American Streets Safer Surfaces in the Senate

Has the moment finally arrived for a national complete streets law? A bill creating incentives for transportation agencies to design safe streets for everyone — pedestrians and cyclists in addition to motorists — is back on the floor of Congress this week. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) are sponsoring the Safe Streets Act […]