Monday’s Headlines Are Biking to the Store

  • While business owners often complain that bike lanes will kill their livelihood, numerous studies show they actually increase sales. (Retail Wire)
  • Transit ridership remained below 60 percent of pre-pandemic levels in May, barely improving despite $4-plus gas, according to new Federal Transit Administration statistics. (New Geography)
  • Jaywalking is part of a culture of blaming pedestrians, and police use it as a pretext to stop Black and brown individuals. (Pew Trusts)
  • More from Next City on the recent Dangerous by Design report highlighting how Black, Native and low-income Americans are most likely to be killed while walking.
  • One of us! One of us! The Miami Herald editorial board calls out Miami drivers’ “Mad Max” attitude and says the city should make it safe and enjoyable to walk.
  • The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is making progress on FTA safety recommendations, but full subway service is unlikely to resume until Labor Day. (Commonwealth)
  • The Texas DOT is spending $146 million on transit (KXAN). Keep in mind, though, that’s it’s also spending $85 billion on roads.
  • San Diego payed out more than $300,000 in single month to people who tripped and fell thanks to its crumbling sidewalks. (CBS 8)
  • Denver’s transit agency has a driver shortage, but it least it can use the cash it’s saving to pay down debt. (Colorado Public Radio)
  • A Charlotte man joined the fight for Vision Zero after a driver killed his wife. (Observer)
  • A Wisconsin Public Radio podcast discusses Milwaukee’s proposed Vision Zero program.
  • Minneapolis hasn’t had a single bike death in two years. (Streetfilms)
  • Raleigh residents are concerned that density bonuses for transit-oriented developments will hasten gentrification, even with rent control. (Indy Week)
  • One South Carolina town is still waiting for a sidewalk to be built six years after it was approved. (Island Packet)



Rebutting the “Empty Bus” Argument Against Transit

From Jarrett Walker over at Human Transit comes some very useful ammunition in the battle of reasonable people against knee-jerk transit-bashers. Walker begins his post by quoting from a story in Canada’s National Post headlined "Save the Environment: Don’t Take Transit." The article posits that because many buses run empty for much of the day, […]

Economic Downturn Hits Transit Ridership — But Not in These Cities

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) got the mainstream media’s attention during the holiday season after reporting that the dismal economy had helped push transit ridership down by 3.8 percent during the first three-quarters of 2009, when compared with the previous year. Ridership on L.A.’s heavy rail system grew by nearly 6 percent during the […]

U.S. Transit Trips Hit 10.2B in 2009, With Light Rail Up in Nine Cities

(Photo: Model D Media) The nation’s transit systems hosted 10.2 billion trips last year, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) reported yesterday. While that figure represents a 3.8 percent decline from 2008, APTA’s data showed light rail ridership rising in nine cities and the long-term increase in transit use continuing to outpace growth in population […]

Living Up to the Nation’s Transit Potential

Today on the Streetsblog Network, we’ve got a post about unfulfilled potential — American cities that could do a lot better at getting people to ride transit. The Transit Pass compares the cities with the top ridership to those with the top population: Riders boarding light rail in Phoenix. Photo by Michael Ruiz via Flickr. […]