Ain’t No Wednesday’s Headlines Wide Enough

Photo:  No More Freeways PDX
Photo: No More Freeways PDX
  • The best new bike lanes are in New Jersey, Providence, Portland, Pittsburgh, Seattle, suburban D.C. and even South Carolina and Indiana. (People for Bikes)
  • Micromobility vehicles like scooters and e-bikes deserve more attention in conversations around climate change. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • This Associated Press story frames the Biden administration’s fix-it-first policy as a blow to put-upon “advocates for road construction” like suburban mayors, even when that “road construction” comes at the expense of transit projects.
  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans to fast-track 20 road-widening projects at a cost of $7 billion. (WPTV)
  • In addition to gas tax revenue and federal infrastructure funds, Missouri Gov. Mike Parsons is proposing $859 million for highway widening. (Next STL)
  • Washington, D.C. is now the largest U.S. city with fare-free buses after the city council approved a zero-fare policy without Mayor Muriel Bowser’s approval. (CNBC)
  • San Francisco’s bike plan will focus on neighborhoods that historically feel left out of transportation decisions. (The Frisc)
  • The Boston Chamber of Commerce is backing a Massachusetts bill to study congestion pricing. (Herald)
  • Salt Lake City has plans to replace a mountain highway with gondolas to cut down on crashes and emissions. (Electrek)
  • Now that Portland has taken over 82nd Avenue from the state, planning starts in earnest to provide better bus service. (Bike Portland)
  • Charlotte will soon decide on a route for the Silver Line. (Axios)
  • The Denver city council voted to decriminalize jaywalking. (Denverite)
  • People all over the world are starting “bike buses” so their kids can all ride to school together. Here’s how to start yours. (Wired)


Wednesday’s Headlines as We Get a New President

Joe Biden is tapping the recently resigned head of the New York City DOT as Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s top deputy to help with issues like congestion pricing, transit funding and the Gateway Project, a train tunnel under the Hudson River. (Gothamist) While grappling with climate change, Biden should look to California, which is phasing […]