Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on November 2nd, 2009 at 9:43 am
Here’s the news that caught our eye this week.
– On Tuesday, a cable on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge snapped. The bridge and its approaches have been closed since, resulting in transportation difficulties and rare photos of huge swathes of urban freeway completely empty of cars.
– In the midst of a mayoral election in which a primary issue is what to do about Seattle’s aging Alaskan Way Viaduct freeway, a public records request has unearthed a WSDOT video simulating what would happen to the Viaduct in an earthquake similar to one that occurred in 2001.
– Meanwhile, the US government spent more on electric car technology in the past six months than on transit in the past year.
– Portland’s libertarian think tank has issued a position paper closely linking miles driven with economic health.
– An interesting analysis of how much good it could do if police were to take the same approach to traffic crimes as to other types of crime, and a theory about why they don’t.
– The NY Times speculates on the sociology behind the theft and vandalism to Paris’s shared Vélib’ bicycle fleet. (But a similar article in the BBC back in February turned out to be a smart maneuver by Vélib’ management in negotiating their contract renewal.)
– Chris Smith wants to start a conversation in Portland about the connection between transportation, land use planning, and schools.
– You can read a full account of the testimony last week of the doctor on trial for a now infamous incident where he allegedly passed and then slammed on his brakes in front of a group out for a bike ride on Mandeville Canyon Road in LA. The jury is still deliberating.
– A coalition of rural road users in Boulder has proposed a set of ideas for easing tensions between two and four wheeled users.
– A good analysis in the NY Times of the recent study that suggests bike-related injuries are going up, as well as the safety in numbers phenomenon.
– In Australia, the road surface of the Sydney Harbor Bridge was transformed into a grassy park for a day; thousands showed up for a picnic breakfast (including some cows).
– A 5,000 year old road across England looks and feels a lot different than modern-day roads, and was built with different purposes and modes in mind.
– A school in China requires its students to stop and salute all cars that drive by them as they walk to school.
– Snow can pose a major threat to urban transportation; the mayor of Moscow proposes to nip that problem in the bud by controlling the weather, at least for the city’s major festivals this winter.
– In Slate, a heartwarming tale of how one man went without a car for daily transportation to finance the vintage project car of his dreams.
– Streetsblog got an overwhelming response to their call for photos of work bikes, and will be running several slideshows. Here’s the first (and it’s inspiring!).