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Tuesday’s Headlines Have Gone Country

Safe and sustainable transportation isn't just an urban issue: The one-fifth of Americans who live in rural areas — a more diverse group than commonly realized — account for half of all traffic deaths.

12:01 AM EDT on August 1, 2023

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Image description: An African American woman wearing a pink sundress walks along a rural road using a white cane. Via Disability Mobility Initiative *Note on Image Descriptions: The authors of the report from which these images are sourced asked their interviewees to describe themselves and anything they wanted to include about their identities for the […]

  • People in rural communities are just as likely to walk as urban residents if they have safe and accessible options, according to a new Smart Growth America report. About 1 million rural U.S. households lack a car, and for them it's challenging to visit the doctor or go shopping.
  • A driver killed 17-year-old U.S. cycling team member Magnus White while he was biking near his home in Boulder. (ESPN)
  • Bills to regulate self-driving cars have been languishing in Congress for six years. (The Verge)
  • The New York Times blames e-bike riders for getting run over by drivers. (Electrek)
  • The Washington Post editorial board supports D.C. using cameras to enforce traffic laws.
  • Metro San Diego's top transportation planner is leaving after five years in which he pushed for transit expansion and measures to cut traffic congestion. (Union-Tribune)
  • Also from the Post: Northern Virginia's Fairfax County is considering reducing minimum parking requirements to encourage affordable housing and limit stormwater runoff from parking lots.
  • Milwaukee streetcar ridership has risen year-over-year for 27 months straight. (Urban Milwaukee)
  • Seattle residents successfully pushed the city to include more safety improvements when it repaves 15th Avenue NW. (The Urbanist)
  • Pittsburgh is looking to lower costs for property owners to repair sidewalks by having city crews do the work instead of private contractors. (Trib Live)
  • A Greater Portland bus rapid transit line will feature service every 10 to 20 minutes. (Maine Public)
  • Despite being nicknamed the Motor City, Detroit has a strong biking culture. (Michigan Radio)
  • A new Tempe development is the first car-free neighborhood in the U.S. (Momentum Mag)

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