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The Monday Roundup: NYC goes big, assessing risk, Seattle sans car, and more


Welcome to the week. Here are the most noteworthy items we came across in the past seven days…

NYC goes big: While we debate a $3.1 bill transportation package here in Portland, New York City is moving forward with a $1.7 billion street safety plan aimed squarely at making biking and transit better. It will build 250 miles of protected bike lanes in the next five years.

Sarah 2020 podcast: Mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone released the first edition of her campaign podcast and she shares detailed thoughts on how transportation fits into her climate change, social justice and safety policies.

Manhole risks: I share this article about a man in Pennsylvania who was seriously injured after slipping on a manhole cover because it’s something I think about often and I want you to use caution while turning on them!

How risky?: A sober and illuminating article (and graphics) about how to measure and mitigate risks of cycling and other activities we love.

Do better Metro: Remember that shoddy poll from Metro where they said idling cars were reason to build more driving capacity? Here’s a solid debunking of that dangerous myth from Joe Cortright.

Free transit: If you’re one of many people who think public transit should be free, check out this deeper dive into how Columbus, Ohio found success with the policy.

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Subaru how could you?: Portland’s favorite automaker has sided with the Trump Administration in the battle over emissions standards in California.

Down but not out: A terrible fall during the 2015 Red Bull Rampage left downhill rider Paul Basagoitia with a serious spinal cord injury. His comeback is available in documentary form.

SW Corridor, ugh: TriMet has missed an opportunity to cut costs on this mega-transit project by reducing auto user capacity on Barbur. Would have been a win-win!

“Vehicular violence”: The DA for Manhattan has put forward the Vehicular Violence Accountability Act, which would create a law and define the ubiquitous motorized menace terrorizing our cities.

Car-less in Seattle: Our neighbors to the north are doing a great job in convincing people to give up their cars. Their car ownership rates dipped more than any other major U.S. city since 2010.

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