Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on August 31st, 2009 at 12:07 pm
Here’s the news that caught our eye this week:
– Streetsblog analyzes what the loss of Senator Kennedy may mean for transportation policy.
– The Freakonomics blog pointed thousands of viewers towards the project of a doctor in Toronto who has compiled a comprehensive — and eye-opening — review of studies about bicycle safety. His analysis is well worth a look, and the bibliography at the end is full of useful links and sources.
– President Obama went for a bike ride without a helmet, and the world took notice.
– In Portland, the public school system has bought TriMet passes for all of its students in the 9th to 12th grades.
– The first Bikestation is coming to the east coast, as Washington, DC prepares to open a 1700 sq foot facility including secure parking, lockers and a changing area, and a retail shop right next to Union Station.
– Also in DC, the city has removed a ghost bike that was installed after a high profile fatal crash last summer (we covered some of the story). Greater, Greater Washington critiques the removal process and provides an update on the handling of the crash by police and transportation department.
– The city of Pasadena is considering opening up a lane for non-motorized transportation to and from the Rose Bowl this year.
– Is driving inherently bound to make us angry and upset? Does riding the bus make you feel more altruistic? A Huffington Post writer considers various theories.
Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com