Tuesday’s Headlines Lace Up Their Sneakers

Biking on a trail in Kellogg, Idaho. Photo: Don Kostelec
Biking on a trail in Kellogg, Idaho. Photo: Don Kostelec
  • The omnibus spending bill signed by President Biden in December includes $27 million for walking and biking trails. Trail use is up 45 percent since 2019. (Route Fifty)
  • Facing a deadline in California and other states to electrify its fleet, Uber is working with automakers to design lower-cost electric vehicles. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Low-traffic neighborhoods actually reduce traffic and don’t push it onto roads outside the boundaries, according to a UK study. (The Guardian)
  • Houston’s transit agency will vote this week on whether to rescue the city’s financially trouble BCycle bike-share system. (Houston Public Media)
  • Despite committing to Vision Zero, Denver’s traffic deaths are trending in the opposite direction. (Westword)
  • With North Carolina Republicans against letting Charlotte raise sales taxes to fund light rail, the city could either raise property taxes instead or do some horse-trading for wider freeways. (WFAE)
  • The Kansas City Star editorial board is opposed to the Missouri DOT spending $859 million to widen I-70, arguing that the city has enough freeway lanes already and adding more won’t help.
  • File under: Why are U.S. transit projects so expensive? A mere 1.3-mile segment of Caltrain’s extension into downtown San Francisco is now estimated to cost $6.7 billion. (San Jose Mercury News)
  • The Chicago Sun-Times editorializes in favor of cameras to keep drivers out of bike and bus lanes.
  • Milwaukee’s FlexRide microtransit service is expanding into the suburbs. (Urban Milwaukee)
  • Tampa Bay added two four-way stops and 10 crosswalks around a local high school. (CBS News)
  • It’s Mardi Gras time. Here’s how to get around New Orleans without a car. (Times-Picayune)


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