Monday’s Headlines

  • Uber CEO Dana Khosrowshahi tells The Verge about his plans to become the “Amazon of transportation” and control the way people move around cities, from adding transit stops and subway tickets to the app to bikes and scooters to delivery service.
  • John Forester, who helped pioneer the biking-as-transportation movement in the 1970s, talks about his life, activism and the history of cycling in a Q&A. (Medium)
  • Architect contributing editor Kerrie Jacobs thought the High Line — New York City’s repurposed elevated freight railway — was a tourist trap when it opened 10 years ago. Now she’s changed her mind.
  • Minneapolis is piloting mobility hubs — bus stop, a bench, parking for bikes and scooters — at four intersections to help people get to transit or finish their trips home. Only 13 percent of Minnesotans take public transportation to work, while 7 percent walk and 3 percent ride a bike. (Star Tribune)
  • Charlotte could build a new light rail line to the fast-growing suburb of Rock Hill, S.C., where the Carolina Panthers are building a new practice facility. (Observer)
  • Atlantans are ditching bike shares for e-scooters (AJC). In Memphis, the city-run bike share is adding more docks to try to stay relevant (Flyer).
  • An Arizona lawmaker is seeking to double the state gas tax, but with Gov. Doug Ducey opposed, he has an uphill fight (Daily Star). Just ask folks in Michigan, where the government is headed for a shutdown over road funding (The Hill).
  • Another Boston parking lot bites the dust. (Curbed)
  • Phoenix cyclists are protesting after city officials scuttled a proposed bike lane. (New Times)
  • Providence spent a total of $127,000 to install and then remove a protected bike lane. (GoLocalProv)
  • A New York entrepreneur is building a sustainable, car-free town outside of Amsterdam. (NY Times)
  • Quartz tells you how to find the perfect parking spot. How about, you know, not driving?

Friday’s Headlines

  • Curbed is keeping tabs on the Democratic presidential candidates’ transportation policies — what little most of them have.
  • Uber’s internal investigators protect the company first, and don’t even turn over evidence of felonies to law enforcement. (Washington Post)
  • New software will help cities manage all the data streaming in from micromobility services. (Fast Company)
  • In response to a rash of e-scooter deaths and injuries, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced a $5-million plan to add 20 miles of protected bike lanes to city streets. (Curbed, Streetsblog)
  • Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s proposed 2020 budget includes millions for bike lanes and Vision Zero projects. (Seattle Bike Blog)
  • Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is urging Metro to restore late night service so service industry workers can get home after their shifts. (Post)
  • Austin is unlikely to reach its goal of eliminating traffic deaths by 2025. (Monitor)
  • Early reactions to Cleveland’s e-scooter pilot program are mixed. (Scene)
  • Brooklyn bike lane opponents accused advocates of being funded by Jeffrey Epstein, and things only got weirder from there. (Streetsblog NYC)
  • Providence caved to bikelash and removed newly installed bike lanes. (Go Local Prov)
  • In what could be a metaphor for the entire Trump Administration, the Federal Highway Administration wants Ames, Iowa, to remove its “inclusive” multi-colored sidewalks, telling the city that only white paint is allowed. (KCCI)
  • An all-female crew paid homage to the “motorettes” who operated a Minneapolis streetcar during World War II. (Star Tribune)

Thursday’s Headlines

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  • The D.C.-to-Boston corridor, Seattle and Portland are the easiest places to live car-free, while going without a car is hardest in most of the Southeast and Midwest, according to a formula created by urban planner Richard Florida. (City Lab)
  • Apocalyptic environmentalist James Howard Kunstler talks to Strong Towns about how green energy, alternative fuels and other technologies won’t save the American way of life. Cities will get smaller, and suburbia and interstate highways will have to become things of the past.
  • Impeachment proceedings might finally bring an end to the White House’s incessant “infrastructure weeks.” (Roll Call)
  • Forget building bike lanes — just slow the traffic. (Price Tags)
  • A tentative list of upcoming metro Atlanta transit projects includes rail to the suburbs of Norcross and Clayton County, Emory University, and along the entire 22-mile Beltline, as well as bus rapid transit in DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. But regional transit officials acknowledge the list requires billions of dollars in federal grants and may be a bit ambitious. (AJC)
  • Transit opponents in Houston have formed a PAC to fight an upcoming $3.5-million bond referendum (Chronicle). No word on where its funding is coming from — could it be the Kochs?
  • Washington state and Oregon have agreed to a deal on a new bridge over the Columbia River after Washington agreed to incorporate “high capacity transit.” (Oregonian)
  • The Michigan legislature cut $10 million in funding for transit agencies to replace aging buses from the budget it sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. But it puts an extra $400 million into roads and bridges. (Free Press)
  • Arlington residents want more buses and bike lanes serving Amazon’s car-centric second headquarters. (ARLnow)
  • The Cincinnati school board is urging the city government to adopt Vision Zero. (City Beat)
  • President Trump thinks cars should be heavier and use more gas. Add cars to the long list of things Trump knows nothing about. (Jalopnik)
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