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Monday’s Headlines Want to Walk Safely

Drivers are still killing record numbers of pedestrians, but the number of walking trips people take has fallen drastically. Meanwhile, a number of cities continue to find ways to try to make their streets safer.

12:01 AM EST on November 6, 2023

  • Are drivers terrorizing people into not walking? A recent study found that walking trips declined by 36 percent between 2019 and 2022, yet drivers are killing more pedestrians than ever. On the bright side, the use of e-scooters and bikeshares is up. (City Lab, Streetsblog USA)
  • With drivers killing an average of 20 pedestrians a day in the U.S., Smart Cities Dive looked at what three cities — Atlanta, Chicago and Boston — are doing to make their streets safer. Part Two of the series examined Los Angeles, Tucson and Jacksonville — all of which are in the Sun Belt, where the problem is worst.
  • Americans drove 51 billion more miles in March 2022 than they did two years prior, and driving is now back to pre-pandemic levels. (Yahoo Finance)
  • An amendment in a House Republican spending bill would prohibit federal funds for fare-free transit agencies. (Missoula Current)
  • It looks like Tesla chargers will become the standard for the U.S. EV charging network. (Newsweek)
  • Uber and Lyft settled a wage theft case in New York for $328 million, which will be distributed to rideshare drivers. (ABC News)
  • Washington, D.C. is backing off plans to fine drivers $200 for blocking bus lanes. (Post)
  • Sound Transit will resume citing riders who fail to pay fare (Spokesman-Review). The Seattle transit agency also plans to seek state funding to help complete capital projects (Washington Policy Center).
  • Austin is the largest U.S. city to drop minimum parking requirements. (Texas Tribune, Streetsblog USA)
  • Philadelphia transit agency SEPTA will discontinue the use of tokens next year. (Voice)
  • A group of Portland residents blocked a city contractor from removing a bike lane. (Bike Portland)
  • Bikelash led Montreal to tear out a bike lane three years ago, but now the city put it back. (Momentum Mag)
  • Australians are annoyed by a recent influx of huge American pickups, but instead of regulating them, they're considering making parking spaces bigger to accommodate them. (New York Times)
  • Apparently even bike riders in the Netherlands are bad at parking. (The Guardian)

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