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Wednesday’s Headlines Give Off Good Vibes

When asked what they can do to improve the environment, people often respond with answers that feel natural instead of the ones that really cut into pollution levels, Wired reports.

12:01 AM EST on January 3, 2024

Shilpy Arora|

Avoiding driving and flying are two of the best things one can do for the environment.

  • People often use vibes as their guide when thinking about what they can do to help the environment, choosing things like recycling and low-energy light bulbs that have little impact over actions like getting rid of their car or avoiding flying that have huge effects on emissions. (Wired)
  • Narrower lanes reduce crashes and are safer for pedestrians, according to research from Johns Hopkins University. (The Drive, Streetsblog USA)
  • A U.S. DOT report that average daily trips had declined dramatically made waves in the transportation community, but it turns out that the agency had simply changed the way it collected the data. (City Observatory)
  • A wrong-way driver running from police injured at least 10 people on a Midtown Manhattan sidewalk not long after the New Year's Eve ball drop. (New York Times)
  • Grassroots organizers who oppose widening I-45 in Houston say the Texas DOT remains unresponsive to their concerns after cutting a deal with the feds to resume the project. (Houston Landing)
  • Former congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, a tireless advocate for Dallas transit, died at the age of 89. (WFAA)
  • Milwaukee transit ridership is growing year-over-year but remains just over half of 2019's pre-pandemic figure. (Urban Milwaukee)
  • Less than a tenth of Baltimore jobs are accessible by transit, according to a new study by a Maryland transportation group. (Sun)
  • A small toll hike on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will help fund transit. (CBS News)
  • An Orlando intersection is getting a complete streets facelift, but it comes at the cost of a Black Lives Matter mural. (Sentinel)
  • Two buses powered by hydrogen fuel cells just arrived in Reno. (The Nevada Globe)
  • Momentum Mag has 10 New Year's resolutions for cyclists.

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