The Monday Roundup: America’s driving crisis, bike share for all, Utrechts new bike bridge, and more
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 3rd, 2017 at 10:52 am
Welcome to Monday.
Here are the stories worth reading that you might have missed last week…
Bike share in Bed Stuy: As Portland looks to expand bike share (and cycling in general) beyond the central city, we should take cues from this New York City example of how advocates have increased bike share use in a majority black and low-income neighborhood.
The Today Show’s blame game: One of America’s most-watched morning TV shows was just one of many outlets that spread the “distracted walkers are at fault” meme created by a recent report from a USDOT-backed highway safety group.
22 percent rise in walking deaths since 2014: America doesn’t like to talk about the startling rise in walking deaths as a public health crisis, but this recent report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association should change that.
Engineering at fault too: Most policymakers and electeds want to blame the spike on careless humans; but it’s clear that our road engineering standards create an unlevel playing field.
Endurance legend dies: Mike Hall’s long and fast rides inspired many of us. He died after being struck by someone driving while competing in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race in Canberra Friday morning.
Low-incomes and traffic violence: A study in New York City has a finding similar to what we see in Portland — that more people die while walking in neighborhoods that have lower-than-average incomes.
Cycling pays: Minnesota got $780 million in economic return from cycling in 2014 according to a recent study by the state DOT. The report also found that the cycling-related industry generates over 5,100 jobs.
ODOT ADA WTF: An Oregon judge made it final last week: Our DOT must replace 90 percent of the curb ramps along its highways and improve signals in order to meet ADA mandates and satisfy a lawsuit by disability rights advocates.
“Neighborways”: San Fran’s transportation authority has come up with a new approach to residential streets for one of the city’s downtown neighborhoods.
Politics, power, and safer streets: A traffic camera on a dangerous street in Brooklyn is doing its job quite well — and that has some powerful driving advocates determined to get rid of it so they can save a few seconds on their commute.
Paris not afraid to move beyond cars: We’ve been sharing links about Paris’ push to rid its city of smelly, loud and dangerous motor vehicles for years now. This article provides an update of their latest efforts. (Come on Portland! We should do this too!)
Yellowstone by bike: It’s a trend. Following Crater Lake’s foray into carfree days, more National Parks are offering biking-only days.
Utrecht’s new bike bridge: Behold the latest in Dutch infrastructure — the Dafne Schippers Bicycle Bridge.
Something good from Uber: “The cost of driving ultimately needs to reflect its cost to our cities,” says the company’s head of transportation policy and research.