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Wednesday’s E-xcellent Headlines

Move over, Taylor Swift: this pundit says 2023 was the year of the e-bike.

  • Fast Company declared 2023 the Year of the E-Bike, with their "enticing cocktail" of low cost, convenience, health benefits and fun. Self-driving cars were a contender until their safety record took a hit, and high interest rates made continued investment iffy.
  • On the other hand, two staffers took two rides in a Waymo and declared them perfectly safe, duh.
  • More than any city outside of China, Bogotá tried to solve the traffic caused by a huge population influx with public transportation. But due to its own popularity, corruption and a lack of subsequent investment, this predecessor to modern bus rapid transit has struggled to live up to its potential. (New York Times)
  • Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said she is deliberately targeting the richest drivers by seeking to triple parking rates for SUVs in an effort to reduce emissions. A referendum will be held in February. (The Guardian)
  • Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Republican Sen. Thom Tillis visited Raleigh to tout the Biden administration's $1 billion investment into service to Richmond. (ABC 11)
  • If Nashville Mayor Freddie O'Connell wants the third time to be a charm, he's going to have to rely on voters' trust, because there isn't much time to put together a plan before another transit referendum in November 2024. (Tennessee Lookout)
  • Baltimore's Red Line would connect Black working-class neighborhoods on the east side of the city with job-rich areas in the west. (Transit Center)
  • Metro Cincinnati's regional transportation body is proposing a referendum to give the city its fair share of representation on the board, based on population. (WCPO)
  • Disabled advocates say Philadelphia's new intercity bus terminal is a nightmare to navigate. (Inquirer)
  • Landslides attributed to climate change are wreaking havoc on Southern California's coastal rail corridors. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • Velo caught up with Cambridge, Massachusetts — the first city in the U.S. to mandate protected bike lanes — and found that streets are safer, but the naysayers are still restless.
  • In the latest instance of a driver using a vehicle as a weapon, a woman drove her Jeep into a group of "Israelis for Christ" gathered on a Billups street corner. (KTVQ)
  • Carmel, Indiana may be the roundabout capitol of the world, but this Indianapolis plan for the I-65/I-70 interchange puts them to shame. (Star)

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