Denmark, already a cycling nation, is trying to encourage commuting to Copenhagen by bicycle by opening what it calls cycle superhighways.
Renew Cities's insight:
In April 2012, the first leg of a 26-route bicycle superhighway opened in Copenhagen. It’s designed with clever features such as lights that are timed to suit the travel patterns of cyclists during rush hour, garbage cans tilted at the right angle for bikers and solar-powered lights enhance the cycling experience and reduce environmental impact. In response to the new infrastructure, innovative local concepts such as a “bicycle school bus” for children commuting to class have been developed.
As someone who commutes to work on the Metro, I'm a big fan of public transportation. The other day, as I was persusing the sports section of the Washington Post, I came across a great story about a super fan.
The City of Columbus, Ohio wants to add parking spaces in the city. This will disrupt the dedicated bus lane in parts of the city. Here's a petition calling on the City of Columbus and COTA to not disrupt COTA bus service by closing down the bus lane for parking spaces.
The “Freeways Without Futures” list recognizes the top-ten locations in North America where the opportunity is greatest to stimulate valuable revitalization by replacing aging urban highways with boulevards and other cost-saving urban alternatives. The list was generated from an open call for nominations and prioritized based on factors including the age of the structure, redevelopment potential, potential cost savings, ability to improve both overall mobility and local access, existence of pending infrastructure decisions, and local support.
Seoul Metropolitan Government announced the Seoul Transportation Vision 2030, a long-term vision for the overall transportation sector, including public transportation, roads, pedestrian paths, and urban railroad network.
MOSHAV AHITUV, Israel, Oct 15 (Reuters) - A bicycle made almost entirely of cardboard has the potential to change transportation habits from the world's most congested cities to the poorest reaches of Africa, its Israeli inventor says.
Izhar Gafni, 50, told Reuters during a recent demonstration that after much trial and error, his latest prototype has now proven itself and mass production will begin in a few months. Once ready for production, the bicycle will include no metal parts, even the brake mechanism and the wheel and pedal bearings will be made of recycled substances, although Gafni said he could not yet reveal those details due to pending patent issues.
"Yesterday, the city of Chicago rolled out a sweeping new plan for pedestrian safety [PDF]. With some 250 recommendations — including traffic-calming measures like pedestrian islands, chicanes and midblock curb bumpouts — Chicago joins cities like New York and Portland in formalizing a plan to meet targets for reducing pedestrian injuries and deaths."
Austin's urban rail plan is growing tentacles. With a potential November public vote on a first segment of a downtown-centric, electric-powered rail system, City of Austin transportation planners have added about 10 miles to the 16.
“Transit is the best mitigation strategy for climate change,” said Projjal Dutta from New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to start his discussion on how the agency is adapting to recurring, extreme weather events, during a recent Federal Transit Aministration workshop in Arlington, Va.
Though national-level rhetoric may be inconsistent on the topic, the reality is that transit agencies are on the front line of extreme weather events. Preparing for these increasingly more common events has become part of regular planning efforts for municipal agencies.
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