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Boston advocacy group looks to reshape how people see the humble bus

Transit advocacy campaign BostonBRT isn’t just looking to add dedicated lanes and true BRT to Boston’s streets, it’s also looking to reshape how people consider buses. As part of their initiative, the alliance is launching a two-month “Beauty and the Bus” campaign, encouraging riders to capture beautiful bus-related moments they see in their everyday lives. Like… Read more »

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San Francisco could ban sidewalk delivery robots – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Supervisor Norman Yee is calling to ban delivery robots on the city’s sidewalks. But Mobility Lab’s Paul Mackie disagrees and thinks that traffic could worsen if steps aren’t taken to find space-saving options for the ever-growing number of delivery vehicles. San Francisco startup Marble has a handful of robots delivering hot meals ordered on… Read more »

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Ridehailing collides with urban wellbeing – San Francisco Chronicle

Ubers and Lyfts appear to be taking over the streets of San Francisco. And city leaders and the public are beginning to grow pretty frustrated with the tech-based taxis. In San Francisco, the traffic tensions are soaring. And nobody is more upset about the arrogance of the ride-hailing companies than Ed Reiskin, director of the… Read more »

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A decade ago, NYC was planning a congestion charge. What happened?

A decade ago, NYC Mayor Bloomberg began to move forward with a plan to implement congestion charging, an effective TDM policy, in Manhattan. The plan would have limited the influx of cars into the already-gridlocked island with a simple $8 charge for all cars traveling in the borough. So what happened? Writes WRI’s Jacob Sacks:… Read more »

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Portland looks to add accessible bikes to its bikeshare system – Better Bike Share

As Portland looks into adding adaptive bikes to its Biketown bikeshare system, it’s learned that the needs of users with disabilities extend beyond prior assumptions. As such, the city is planning to partner with bike shops that can offer assistance. “A partnership with private bike shops met a lot of potential needs,” says Hoyt-McBeth. “They… Read more »

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On transportation (un)conferences and transportation un-gineers – Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

TransportationCamp means a lot of different things to people. That’s the beauty of it. And the spirit of the recent TransportationCamp South comes to light in this blog post from Ambar Johnson. She wisely suggests that expanding outreach about future TransportationCamps to new and less-obvious audiences could help put more emphasis on the country’s many public-transportation needs…. Read more »

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What happens when pedestrians and bicyclists are afraid of certain routes? – Urban Edge

A survey of 183 Houston riders from the Rice Kinder Institute identified intersections where “close-calls” were common, creating stressful conditions that are barriers to biking and walking. The data helps fill in gaps in crash records, finding problem areas where there had been no official crash but many close-calls. The Kinder Institute’s Dian Nostikasari explains: That extra… Read more »

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London experiments with color-coded buses and maps – Design Week

Looking to make its bus system more user-friendly and intuitive to navigate, Transport for London, the region’s transportation agency, recently announced a trial effort to color-code simpler bus maps, and even the buses themselves. The goal, ultimately, is to bring the buses more line with the Tube in terms of simplicity, as Design Week notes:… Read more »

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Why bikeshare and open street should partner up – Better Bike Share

Even though bikeshare systems are taking off around the country, getting people of all ages, backgrounds and incomes to try them for the first time and become comfortable with the option is still a challenge for many advocates. Better Bike Share notes that systems in Atlanta and Minneapolis have found success through their cities’ frequent… Read more »