Friday’s Headlines Will Find a Way

Guerrilla wayfinding signs in Raleigh. Photo: ##http://www.spontaneousinterventions.org/project/walk-raleigh-guerrilla-wayfinding##Spontaneous Interventions##
Guerrilla wayfinding signs in Raleigh. Photo: ##http://www.spontaneousinterventions.org/project/walk-raleigh-guerrilla-wayfinding##Spontaneous Interventions##
  • The Uber files revealed what drivers have been trying to tell us all along (The Guardian). More bad Uber news: 500 women have sued the ride-hailing app alleging they were sexually assaulted by drivers (CNBC).
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nixed the inevitable Tesla autopilot stereo blaring “Love Song” as it approaches a crosswalk when it ruled that EV drivers can’t pick their own artificial sounds to alert sight-impaired pedestrians. (The Verge)
  • Studies on how zoning influences housing costs often ignore the high cost of commuting to work. (Newswise)
  • It’s time for planners to catch up to the e-bike revolution, which includes everything from updating signage to adding chargers to bike parking. (Bike Portland)
  • A Lime pilot program detects when e-scooters are on sidewalks and can either alert the driver or force them to slow down. (Tech Crunch)
  • Atlanta is considering limiting parking in new developments downtown and in the dense Midtown neighborhood. (Axios)
  • The SunRunner, Tampa’s first bus rapid transit line, is scheduled to open in October. (Tampa Bay Times)
  • Jeff Speck told Harrisburg to put State Street on a road diet, but the Pennsylvania DOT opted to keep the deadly street five lanes and nix the bike infrastructure. (ABC 27)
  • All University of Minnesota students can ride Metro Transit free this fall. Is this a way to get college kids out of their cars? (Twitter)
  • A windfall tax on banks and energy companies has allowed Spain to make many train trips free this autumn. (Euro News)
  • Germany is combating climate change by expanding transit and adding bike lanes, but refuses to cut emissions by setting a highway speed limit. (The Hill)
  • In a first for the UK, Wales is lowering 30 mph speed limits to 20. (BBC)
  • Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala is using tactical urbanism to reclaim public streets from cars, proving once again that it’s not the political death sentence it used to be. (Forbes)

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