It’s time for the Monday news roundup!
Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire has elected to replace Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct freeway with a tunnel.
– Inauguration-related transportation was big news last week. The Washington Post’s Dr. Gridlock has published a three part “How It Worked” column, discussing the bicycle, walking, and carfree streets solutions DC used to make the big day accessible to all.
– Sarah Goodyear of the Livable Streets Network has compiled network member blog stories about the upcoming stimulus package and what it includes for transit and rail. Streetsblog has its own cutting analysis of what they call a “1950s-era stimulus package”: “Hire a construction worker, fire a bus driver?”
(Photo: Velocouture Blog)
– Chris Smith has rounded up the latest spate of Columbia River Crossing news. Smith also reports that two city council meetings this week will focus on the CRC. One is a public hearing, and the Coalition for a Livable Future urges Portlanders to take action.
– In other highway news from the north, Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington has decided to replace Seattle’s crumbling Alaskan Way Viaduct harborside freeway with a tunnel. The tunnel option is the most expensive of all those considered, and anti- “Big Dig” opponents are already gathering signatures to block the decision.
– Tom Vanderbilt reports that people driving Hummers get more traffic tickets than anyone driving any other type of car.
– And finally, here are a couple of new additions to my bikes and transportation blogroll. Local cyclist, cheesemaker, and graphic designer Patrick Barber has started brand new blog Vélocouture to chronicle his fascination with the intersection between utility cycling and fashion. Patrick is inspired in part by A view from the cycle path, a blog written by a Brit living and cycling in
Amsterdam Assen, the Netherlands. I checked it out and immediately was drawn in by a nice description of what makes a good city bike.
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Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com