Monday’s Headlines Go Guerilla

Photo:  University of Utah
Photo: University of Utah
  • It’s almost impossible in many cities to get a bike lane built or a crosswalk painted, and tactical urbanists are taking matters into their own hands. So why are cities removing their work? (City Lab)
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    President Biden signed legislation forcing a labor agreement on railroad freight companies and unions, averting a strike that could have also affected passenger travel. (New York Times)

  • About half of all bike-car crashes occur at intersections, underscoring the importance of measures like bike boxes. (Bicycling)
  • A D.C. Council bill would make Metrobus rides fare-free and expand late-night service. (Axios)
  • Washington, D.C. could learn something from Hoboken, which actually achieved Vision Zero, like removing on-street parking that blocks sightlines. (Greater Greater Washington)
  • Cincinnati passed a complete streets ordinance. (WCPO)
  • San Jose broke its 2020 record of 60 traffic deaths with a month left to go in the year. (Spotlight)
  • Traffic congestion is slowing down Seattle buses, with a third of King County Metro routes running late on weekdays and more on weekends. (The Urbanist)
  • The Los Angeles Times editorial board supports the L.A. Metro’s new pro-labor policies.
  • Apparently it’s illegal in Portland to not ride in the bike lane, even if it’s a “death trap,” as one ticketed woman put it. (Bike Portland)


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