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Friday’s Headlines Are Getting Safer

12:00 AM EDT on May 12, 2023

Make streets look more like this. Photo: NACTO

    • Cities nationwide are using $5 billion in federal safe-streets funding to right-size roads, build pedestrian islands, add protected bike lanes and more. (Governing)
    • Transit agencies cannot continue to use a policing-only approach to houselessness and mental health. (Transit Center)
    • Cities should use rebates, parking, charging stations and other methods to encourage the use of e-bikes. (Greater Greater Washington)
    • The New York Times reviews Henry Grabar's new book about America's obsession with parking, "Paved Paradise."
    • The California government should bail out struggling Bay Area transit systems. (Sacramento Bee)
    • Three Republican-appointed federal appeals court judges ruled that Nashville can't force developers to build or pay for sidewalks. (Courthouse News)
    • Minnesota's new transportation budget is good news for transit and active transportation. (Minnesota Public Radio)
    • Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed a law increasing penalties for reckless driving. (Wis Politics)
    • A Charlotte-area county has dropped out of the region's transit system. (WFAE)
    • A Kansas City streetcar extension is gaining momentum. (Flatland KC)
    • An Illinois bill would allow Uber and Lyft passengers to sue those companies if they're sexually assaulted by a driver. (WGN)
    • The Federal Transit Administration gave the green light to a San Antonio bus rapid transit line. (Metro Magazine)
    • A Massachusetts congressman wants to build high-speed rail all over the state. (Smart Cities Dive)
    • Oklahoma City is planning a road diet on six-lane Classen Boulevard. (KOCO)
    • Connecticut has seen a spike in hit-and-run drivers injuring or killing cyclists and pedestrians. (NBC Connecticut)
    • Santa Fe's bus system is a mess. (Reporter)
    • Tucson transit will remain fare-free for the rest of the year. (Arizona Daily Star)
    • When it comes to bike lanes, one candidate for mayor of Toronto is wrong and stupid, and the other is not. (Bicycling)
    • The only thing better than riding a streetcar is drinking a beer while riding a streetcar. (Daily Hive)

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