Recent Streetsblog USA posts about Highway Boondoggles 2014

Thursday’s Headlines

President Trump — via tweet, of course — announced he’s revoking California’s ability to restrict pollution from cars and trucks. His administration had already rolled back President Obama’s stricter federal rules, but automakers had agreed to abide by California’s standards nationwide (Washington Post). Streetsblog’s Aaron Short showed why that’s bad. When the public wants safer […]
Activists want San Francisco to consider car free zones in neighborhoods like the Tenderloin where a spate of pedestrian injuries and deaths have occurred this year.

Car-Free Zones Eyed in SF, Elsewhere

A string of pedestrian injuries and deaths in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district has spurred city leaders to demand a ban on cars in some densely populated neighborhoods — the latest in a nascent and long-overdue move by activists nationwide to get reckless drivers off at least a tiny handful of city streets. San Francisco Supervisor […]

Wednesday’s Headlines

The National Association of City Transportation Officials has issued new guidelines on how cities should handle e-scooters. (Smart Cities Dive) A bipartisan team of two congressmen wants to phase out the gas tax and refill the federal highway trust fund with money from a tax on oil and gas producers. (The Hill) States are overtaxing […]
Electric scooters on city streets. Photo: Swagtron

Bikes, Scooters Could Replace So Many Car Trips

Almost half of all car trips in U.S. cities are three miles long or less. That little nugget of information has long been understood, hinted at by U.S. Census surveys, but now a transportation data company has confirmed and expanded on it. INRIX Research constantly collects anonymous travel data from a wide variety of sources. […]

Tuesday’s Headlines

City dwellers love to hate e-scooters, but they’re a lot better than cars. (City Lab) Uber-owned JUMP recently pulled rental bikes from San Diego, Providence, Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio and Staten Island, sometimes in response to regulations or vandalism but often with no reason given at all. (Tech Crunch, StreetsblogUSA) The front page of the […]