Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on July 5th, 2010 at 9:36 am
Here’s the news that caught our eye this week:
– Gasoline use is on the rise again in the Pacific Northwest.
– San Francisco’s bike infrastructure construction is still in limbo even after the four-year long injunction was lifted by a judge. This article explains it all.
– Colorado bicycle advocates are actively taking on the now internationally-famous ban on bicycling in the town of Black Hawk.
– In LA, plans to use “civil obedience” tactics planned for Critical Mass in response to police violence at the previous month’s event were foiled when police showed up with friendly smiles and authorization to cork intersections to keep the ride together.
– A profile of US transportation secretary Ray LaHood explores his unusual role in Washington and his unlikely celebrity.
– Another fascinating profile, this time of San Francisco’s outgoing top traffic engineer: a product of the motor age, yet who oversaw the removal of two urban freeways.
– Physical limitations can significantly affect your mobility; a temporarily crutches-bound reporter found, unsurprisingly, that compact, walkable neighborhoods can make all the difference between self-sufficiency and isolation.
– The U.S. has one of the lowest rates of public transit use worldwide. Why? This concise history provides some answers.
– Cycling in Detroit continues to boom on multiple levels, from mode share to advocacy to cultural cachet.
– Bicycling is also on the rise in Atlanta, Georgia, and some credit is given simply to the fact that bikes are seen as “chic.”
– An editorialist calls attention to the issue of “street harassment,” pointing out that sexual harassment is common on city streets and poses a barrier to equal access.
– How long does it take a new road expansion project to pay for itself through direct usage fees? A long time, according to this analysis.
– From the world of cycling sports: New research has shown that women and men are significantly different in their physiology and nutritional needs; the real discovery, however, is that nearly all the definitive research is only about men.