Welcome to the week. Hope your weekend was everything you wanted it to be.
Now let’s refasten our thinking caps and make this another great week of information and inspiration. Below you’ll find the most noteworthy items we came across in the past seven days…
Let’s copy Knoxville: The dream of off-road riding in Portland is to improve/expand trails in existing parks and preserves and connect them all with paths and trails. Knoxville gives us a template to follow.
Go big or go home: I love the way this CityLab piece urges bicycle advocates to stop being so damn shy and start asking for big, marquee projects that will not only signal a level of political confidence and seriousness that’s sorely lacking now but — if built — would actually move the needle in terms of ridership.
Vulnerable users dying more: NHTSA released 2018 fatality stats and the numbers are not good — unless you’re in a car. The number of people killed while walking and pedaling went up 3.4% and 6.3% respectively. It’s disappointing (and related?) that NHTSA points out that a significant number of those deaths happened in the dark and among people who had been using alcohol.
Regulating car abuse works: Oh look, people changed their driving habits after London established new rules and a pricing mechanism on car emissions.
Bikes for all: Great to see another seeing following Portland’s lead with an adaptive bike share program.
NYC signals: The Big Apple is taking the big plunge into something Portland has done for a long time: Use signal timing to control drivers and make cycling more efficient.
Oh, TriMet: Did you hear what happened when TriMet announced nine new fare enforcement officers on Twitter last week?
More rail please: There are rumblings about re-instating Amtrak service to eastern Oregon.
Tweet of the Week: (IMO Burnside is arguably the most important street in Portland. We have a chance to re-imagine it. We should dramatically reduce driving capacity.)
I dunno. That looks like some pretty good bike-transit-freight lanes to me.
Why restore auto capacity when we don't NEED it?
One could argue (and our policies do) we should be doing everything but…
— Roger Geller (@Why_Not_Bikes) October 22, 2019
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