Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on July 19th, 2010 at 10:00 am
Here’s the news that caught our eye this week:
– Bend, Oregon continues to be the choice of big-time race organizers. They’ve been chosen to host the 2011 and 2012 Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships.
– The final 150 mile gap of an off-road biking and walking path running from Washington, DC to Pittsburgh will be completed soon.
– The Mayor of Los Angeles fell and broke his arm after someone driving a taxi abruptly entered the bike lane he was riding in. The high-profile incident might help bike advocates push for a safer bikeway.
– The federal government continues to throw itself behind the domestic industry for electric car batteries.
– New York City has cut out 570 bus stops, and Streetsblog is calling on the city to use the space for something other than car parking.
– The NYC police officer who tackled a Critical Mass participant and was found guilty of falsifying paperwork about the incident has been let off without a sentence.
– In Portland, TriMet bus and train operators are now prohibited from having cell phones turned on while on the job.
– More TriMet news… new General Manager Neil McFarLane sat down for an extensive interview with Bob Richardson of Portland Transport (first video in a series).
– Who should be served by public transit? The Next American City takes a look at one controversial project that would bypass a low-income area to serve people traveling to the airport.
– London held a poster competition and came up with some beautiful designs promoting bicycling in the city.
– And a final, inspiring note: A video of the happy hundreds who turned out for Critical Mass in Detroit last month.