As e-bike users discover how much further they can travel in a given amount of time, they start using their bikes more and their cars less

StreetsBlog, Sept 2020 Cycling Industry News reports on a study in Norway that finds that as e-bike users discover how much further they can travel in a given amount of time, they start using their bikes more and their cars less. The study of Oslo bicyclists found that e-bike users were traveling 340 percent further on average than they were on their …

Mobility data for fairer transport systems. Also, study shows for bikes and bicycling infrastructure, “build it and they will come” is true

27th July 2020 Sarah Wray https://cities-today.com/mobility-data-foundational-for-fairer-transport-systems/Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation Cities worldwide have been disrupted like never before by COVID-19 – all citizens have been affected but not necessarily equally. In the US, for instance, evidence suggests that non-white communities have been disproportionately impacted by the virus in terms of deaths, job losses, risk of exposure and more. Mayors have vowed to …

Will Cars Rule the Roads in Post-Pandemic New York?

Newly emboldened, many New Yorkers want to repurpose streets for walking, biking, dining and schools, even as traffic returns. By Winnie Hu and Nate Schweber, NYTimes.com Aug. 10, 2020 When New York went into lockdown five months ago to contain the virus, traffic virtually disappeared, and the mostly deserted streets suddenly became a vast trove of open space in one of the world’s most …

The Right to Public Space and Dunkirk as a Laboratory for Free Transit

by Gregory Smithsimon, on 10 March 2015 Tags: public space | suburbs | human rights | right to the city | United States https://www.metropolitiques.eu/The-Right-to-Public-Space.html Comment  Many of the commonly defended human rights (freedom of expression, of assembly, of information, of movement, etc.) depend on the availability of physical public space. Their absence, especially in the suburbs, routinely hinders the rights of citizens. For this reason, Gregory Smithsimon argues for a formal right to public space. …

Living Streets, for People: Experiment underway with COVID

07-10-20 in Fast Company, “It’s an incredible experiment”: Banning cars in cities stirs controversy—and has mixed results: Converting streets slowly, and involving every member of the community, can lead to long-term closures that promote vibrant city life without cars BY NATE BERG Streets are the realm of the automobile these days, but that hasn’t always been the case. Before cars and …

New Study Shows That SUVs Remain ‘Disproportionately Likely To Kill’

By Lloyd AlterUpdated July 16, 2020 Ford has just proudly introduced a new, updated version of the Bronco, the company’s Jeep-like off-road capable SUV that was killed in the late 90s. It might seem like an odd time, in the middle of a climate crisis; as Aaron Gordon notes in Vice, “every driver who ‘upgrades’ from a sedan to an SUV is …

Parking Requirements Gave Me a Haircut: Neighborhood-friendly developments are often made infeasible due to overly high parking requirements + Parking Reform After Coronavirus

MARCH 23, 2020 BY TONY JORDAN Parking Reform After Coronavirus Obviously, in the middle of this crisis, with lockdowns in place and ICU beds filling up, parking policy (like most things) isn’t important. We have much bigger fish to fry: maintaining a functioning health care system and supporting millions of people thrown off the payrolls are at the top of the list. …

Take back the streets: With people hunkered down at home, cities should act quickly to find a better balance between cars and pedestrians and cyclists

By Justin Gillis and Heather Thompson, NY Times. Ms. Thompson is a transportation planner. June 20, 2020 Since cities came to exist 5,000 years ago, epidemics have shaped their fate. Plagues weakened the Roman Empire and may have helped bring it down. The sewers that cleaned up a filthy London in the 19th century were built in direct response to a cholera outbreak. Many of the great …

Top 5 U.S. Cities For Bicycling and Why

June 18th, 2020 by Cynthia Shahan on Clean Techica The relationship between bicyclists, biking, contentment, and feeling that cheerfulness you lacked before the ride is quite well known to all those who bicycle. Bike commuting is one of the most effective ways to promote general health. People for Bikes has published the top 5 cities, perhaps happier cities than most, for bikes in the US, out of …

These Colorado Cities Are Closing Streets This Summer To Help People Stay Socially Distant

By Nathaniel Minor May 28, 2020, Colorado Public Radio At least a dozen Colorado cities are making plans — or thinking about making plans — to temporarily close streets to give restaurants and other businesses more space to serve their customers.  That supports the state’s new guidelines that allow restaurants to reopen while encouraging more outdoor dining to help ensure social distancing. Some …