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The Veil Has Lifted From Friday’s Headlines

Where once I had car brain, now I can see. So repent, go forth and do guerilla urbanism, even if just means putting your carpentry skills to work.

12:01 AM EDT on July 7, 2023

  • "Car brain" explains why people so readily accept the risks of driving that they wouldn't accept in any other daily activity. (The Atlantic; paywall)
  • Some activists who aren't infected with "car brain" continue to fight for safer streets by any means necessary. (Daily Beast; registration required)
  • Everyday people can encourage transit ridership by making simple wooden benches and putting them at bus stops. (Strong Towns)
  • Data from the pandemic shows that designing "slow streets" can help achieve Vision Zero. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • Driverless cars are contributing to the surveillance state as police pull video from their cameras attempting to solve completely unrelated crimes. (City Lab)
  • Collaboration is the key to wisely spending federal infrastructure funds and avoiding the mistakes of the past. (Route Fifty)
  • The Biden campaign thinks quickly repairing I-95 in Philadelphia will earn him enough goodwill with drivers in swing-state Pennsylvania to get him re-elected. (Politico)
  • Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is in Portland today to visit 82nd Avenue, which the city transformed from a dangerous state highway to a safer Main Street-like corridor. (Bike Portland)
  • Cincinnati's Red Bike bikeshare is expanding into four new neighborhoods. (Local 12)
  • You know something is wrong with both the housing market and the U.S. transportation system when a University of California student finds it cheaper to commute by air — the most polluting form of travel — than live in Berkeley. (USA Today)
  • Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads. (Jalopnik)

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