Here’s the news that caught our eye this week:
– Commuting—in car traffic at least—is the number one thing that makes U.S. Americans unhappy, according to one study.
– New Jersey, with a pedestrian fatality rate twice that of the nation as a whole, has a new law requiring that you come to a complete stop for people crossing the street, rather than just yielding; also the responsibility for any crashes is now placed on the person driving.
– A new study shows that the bulk of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions come not from cars and home heating, but from manufacturing and freight.
– The New York state supreme court has ruled that driving with a suspended license can now be considered in some cases when determining criminal negligence in a traffic death. This wasn’t possible previously.
– In Charlotte, North Carolina, a new light rail line is proving almost too successful for its budget.
– In Pittsburgh, a new ordinance requires that new developments include bicycle parking facilities.
– In Seattle, the new mayor is going to bat for including transit on a major bridge project that is already far along in the planning process, and the polls are backing him up.
– Amtrak ridership is up—way up—over 2009 levels.
– An interesting look at the current state of Turkey’s bicycle industry and infrastructure.
– Thinking about painting your own bike lanes or traffic markings? A lawyer points out the potential personal liability issues and suggests advocacy instead.
– According to one analysis, the entire population of the U.S. could live comfortably, if densely, in the state of New Hampshire (our parking lots, however, would require a larger chunk of New England).
– How do you build a transportation system from scratch? Here’s a cool look at how various paths and modes built up during the very early days in San Francisco.
– Until recently, private cars were very rare in China, but it’s hard to imagine that reality now. One of the first U.S. American tourists to visit the country when it started granting individual visas in the 1980s was a photographer with an interest in transportation. He’s scanned and posted a fascinating series of photos, showing bicycles, trolleys, trains, and urban foot traffic.
Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com