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Wednesday’s Headlines Go for a Walk

12:00 AM EDT on November 2, 2022

    • Studies show that people started walking more during the pandemic in many major cities, and advocates say  that transportation leaders should respond by widening sidewalks. (Treehugger)
    • A study of Guangzhou, China, and Bogota found that protected bike lanes lowered carbon emissions by thousands of tons. (Transport Matters)
    • Protected bike lanes are the most cost-effective way to tackle the climate crisis and get polluting vehicles off the road. (Speed and Scale)
    • Bicycling magazine cites a Streetsblog MASS database in an article about the growing number of libraries that are lending bikes.
    • E-bikes provide fewer health benefits than pedal-powered models, but there are still good reasons for people who are older or less fit to buy them. (Montreal Gazette)
    • Austin's Project Connect includes $300 million for residents in danger of being displaced if new transit projects raise property values. But the money might not be enough — because there are 135,000 families who could be affected. (KXAN)
    • Uber, the famous disrupter, seems to be maturing and working with cities and drivers rather than fighting them all the time. (The Guardian)
    • Few Memphis residents are aware that homeowners are responsible for fixing sidewalks on their property — until they get fined by the city. (WREG)
    • Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to slow down a railway merger, while Republican challenger Darren Bailey is in favor of adding lanes to highways. (Daily Herald)
    • Florida drivers didn't get much benefit from a gas-tax holiday, but of course experts expect prices to rise the full 25 cents now that it's expired. (WFTV)
    • Portland's TriMet is considering a fare hike even as activists call for eliminating fares entirely. (Willamette Week)
    • Republican candidates in Washington state are claiming that antifa will use light rail to do crimes. (Seattle Times)
    • Seattle should quickly paint bus-only lanes on every route to fight climate change. (The Urbanist)
    • It's cute that Los Angeles-area high schools are letting seniors personalize their parking spaces, but it also underscores the city's car culture. (L.A. Times)

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