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Friday’s Headlines Want Real Complete Streets

12:00 AM EDT on April 21, 2023

Photo: National Complete Streets Coalition

    • The term "complete streets" is being co-opted to greenwash highway projects. Slapping a sidewalk and a painted bike lane on a high-speed road doesn't make it safe. (Smart Growth America)
    • Cracking down on fare evasion widens inequality gaps and isn't a very cost-effective way of raising revenue. (City Lab)
    • Community engagement and funding are the two key ingredients in safer streets. (Smart Cities Dive)
    • Cargo bikes are the future of urban transportation. (Momentum Mag)
    • The success of a bus-only lane and protected bike lane in downtown Culver City shows that Los Angeles doesn't have to be ruled by cars. (L.A. Times)
    • Officials at the Charlotte Area Transit System knew about maintenance and other problems before a May derailment. (Axios)
    • Phoenix-area cities are working on a Plan B in case light-rail-hating Republicans scuttle plans to renew a transportation sales tax. (Axios)
    • E-scooter ridership in Portland is up even as the program is in flux and cycling has declined. (Bike Portland)
    • The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is bringing on-demand transit to the Philadelphia suburbs that's cheaper than Uber or Lyft. (NBC 10)
    • A Boston suburb with a fare-free transit system will keep fares at zero for another year. Worcester's transit system is also the only one in the state with a higher ridership than before the pandemic. (MassLive)
    • Huntsville, Alabama, wants to eliminate traffic deaths by 2055. (Rocket City Now)
    • The head of the France's state-owned railway company wants to tax road and air travel to pay for a 100 billion-Euro expansion of the national rail system. (Rail Tech)
    • This South Florida alligator must be a New York City transplant, because it told drivers, "Hey, I'm walkin' here!" (NBC Miami)

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