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Thursday’s Headlines Are Incomplete

There's too much wiggle room and not enough specific direction for traffic engineers in many Complete Streets policies.

12:01 AM EDT on July 13, 2023

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A design guide developed by Phoenix’s Complete Streets Advisory Board would make bike lanes a default feature on many streets, but city officials haven’t approved it.

  • Failed Complete Streets policies that don't result in fewer cyclist and pedestrian deaths are often so vaguely written that they don't give bureaucrats much guidance, a recent article argues. (Planetizen)
  • When freight trains block street intersections, forcing pedestrians to wait or risk their lives clambering over them, local governments have little recourse, even with $3 billion in funding from the Biden administration for bypasses. (New York Times)
  • Congestion pricing like New York City is implementing is a "perfect trade" that both discourages driving and funds transit. (GreenBiz)
  • Truck manufacturers have agreed to abide by California's 2036 ban on new diesel big rigs to avoid litigation and maintain one nationwide standard. (Washington Post)
  • A new freight master plan in Portland calls for more separation from cyclists. (Bike Portland)
  • The contractor for Minneapolis' over-budget Southwest light rail line says recommendations in a critical audit would have led to even more delays and expenses. (Star Tribune)
  • The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority's new CEO is going back to basics by focusing on improving service and reliability. (Governing)
  • Building Salt Lake traces the history of Salt Lake City's S-Line.
  • Denver's popular e-bike rebate program is benefiting cyclists and the environment, but not necessarily local bike shops. (Axios)
  • Los Angeles is following the lead of Barcelona's "superblocks" by reclaiming portions of neighborhood streets for car-free parks. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • Even one Dutch airline CEO wants to put short-haul passengers on trains as European airlines try to meet carbon emission goals. (Politico)
  • Bikes now outnumber cars in the City of London, the sprawling metropolis' central square mile. (Forbes)

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