Tuesday’s Headlines Will Never Take Your Freedom

Photo: B137, CC
Photo: B137, CC
  • Cars symbolize freedom in American culture, but despite the conspiracy theories around 15-minute cities, what’s really freeing is being able to quickly walk or bike to wherever you need to be instead of wasting hours stuck in traffic. (The New Republic)
  • Environmentalism has historically meant opposing development, but now it’s time for the green movement to embrace YIMBYism, writes climate change activist Bill McKibben. (Mother Jones)
  • Harper’s excerpted part of friend of Streetsblog Henry Grabar’s new book “Paved Paradise,” about how parking literally drives Americans insane.
  • An e-bike skeptic has seen the light. (Digital Trends)
  • Poorly paid delivery drivers have to deal with assaults and harassment, and often can’t even find a place to use the restroom. (City Lab)
  • A new U.S. DOT program will help communities apply for transportation and land-use grants. (Governing)
  • Nevada’s Republican lieutenant governor is right that carpool lanes don’t work, but for the wrong reasons. (Independent)
  • Portland won a $2 million federal grant for emissions-free delivery zones. (Bike Portland)
  • Has anyone really vetted Atlanta’s decision to spend $230 million on the Beltline streetcar extension over other projects in the city’s transit pipeline? (AJC)
  • The Los Angeles Times editorial board urges Culver City not to abandon its ambitious street safety program.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger thought he had terminated this L.A. pothole before it could become a danger to cyclists. (Momentum Mag) Unfortunately, it was actually a utility trench. (NPR)
  • Tokyo has done more than any other city to get people out of cars. (Heat Map)


Protected Bike Lanes Attract Riders Wherever They Appear

Michael Andersen blogs for The Green Lane Project, a PeopleForBikes program that helps U.S. cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. Second in a series. The data has been trickling in for years in Powerpoint slides and stray tweets: On one street after another, even in the bike-skeptical United States, adding a physical […]

Why Bike Lanes With Lots of Bike Traffic Can Still Appear “Empty”

Wherever there is a bike lane, there is probably an angry driver complaining that it is always empty. That tends to be the case even when plenty of people do use the bike lane. And there are reasons for that, writes University of Minnesota professor David Levinson. Mathematical, geometrical reasons. Like the fact that free-flowing bike traffic will look […]

In Portland, Construction Can't Kill a Bike Lane

This temporary bike lane is actually wider than the permanent one that’s being blocked by construciton. (Photo: Portlandize) Here’s an indicator of how important bike lanes are in the city of Portland. From Streetsblog Network member Portlandize comes a report on a case in which a bike lane was recently closed because of streetcar construction. […]