Thursday’s Headlines Are Charged Up

Just switching how we power our cars won't be enough to stop climate change. Photo: USGBC
Just switching how we power our cars won't be enough to stop climate change. Photo: USGBC
  • Under pressure from the auto industry, the Biden administration is broadening the definition of SUVs so that more consumers can receive a federal tax credit for buying electric vehicles (Bloomberg). But these bigger, heavier vehicles are equally dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians, regardless of how they’re powered.
  • A key selling point for massive EVs with massive batteries is that they can keep your house running during a natural disaster when the U.S.’s decrepit power grid fails. (Washington Post)
  • Unsurprisingly, people live in walkable neighborhoods exercise more and are less likely to be obese, according to a Boston University study. (Futurity)
  • Bike advocates shouldn’t be too timid to demand just a fraction of the funding roads receive from even the most bike-friendly cities. (Resilience)
  • Philadelphia has been waiting 110 years for a Roosevelt Boulevard subway, and now is the time to build it. (Business Journal)
  • Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is pushing for more e-bike refunds, but the state may not have the infrastructure to support more cyclists. (Community Media)
  • Seattle’s Sound Transit should build the Ballard Link faster by skipping a second downtown tunnel. (The Urbanist)
  • Most of Seattle’s $25 million DOT grant for safer streets is set to go to the SoDo neighborhood, where almost half of fatal crashes occur. (KUOW)
  • Omaha’s Vision Zero website is a step forward for transparency despite slow progress. (The Reader)
  • A group of Dallas K-12 students is calling for fare-free transit so they can access the city’s many museums and other amenities. (D Magazine)
  • Louisville is installing asphalt art at four downtown intersections to make them more visible to drivers and improve pedestrian safety. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • Nice, France, is testing new video software that catches motorists blocking bike lanes. (Road)


New Business Group Launches to Push Regional Electric Vehicles

Washington’s love affair with electric vehicles continued today with the launch of the Electrification Coalition, an alliance of 13 companies hailing from the auto, shipping, and utility industries that have endorsed a $130 billion pitch for a region-by-region transition to battery-powered cars. The Coalition’s proposal was developed by consulting firm PRTM and Securing America’s Future […]