Tuesday’s Headlines Go Small

A bus lane is installed in New York City.
A bus lane is installed in New York City.
  • Small projects like increasing bus service to underserved areas have a bigger bang for the buck than the major projects like new rail lines that politicians prefer because they’re easier to publicize and explain, according to an Australian study. (The Guardian)
  • More than 5,000 zero-emissions buses were funded, ordered or delivered last year, up 66 percent from 2021. (Electrek)
  • Are traffic signals racist because a little white person tells us when it’s safe to walk? (MSN)
  • Honolulu bikeshare Biki is one of the most successful in the nation, but it could be even bigger and better. (Civil Beat)
  • Kansas City is considering removing one of Truman Road’s new bike lanes due to business complaints — specifically, from auto body shop owners. (KCUR)
  • In Flagstaff, road workers have had a hard time keeping separated bike lanes clear of snow and ice, and despite the protections cyclists still fear a car sliding into them. (Arizona Daily News)
  • Detroit’s QLine streetcar is testing a $5 park-and-ride lot to lure weekend riders. (Metro Times)
  • After rapid growth, Houston bikeshare BCycle needs long-term investment. (Chronicle)
  • A Charleston parking deck that was closed because it was in danger of collapsing needs $11 million in repairs. (Post and Courier)
  • Smart Cities Dive talks to the head of Denver’s e-bike rebate program, which was so popular the funding was gone in 20 minutes.
  • Pittsburgh Regional Transit is offering discounted bulk passes to businesses and multifamily buildings. (Tribune-Review)
  • A 2016 plan to “stitch” Atlanta back together by building a park over the Downtown Connector freeway is starting to look like it might actually happen. (Atlanta Magazine)
  • Meet Nimbee, the alter ego of a pro-housing architect who uses the character to satirize D.C. suburbanites who resist change. (Washington Post)


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