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Cities, States Recognizing Bicycling's Big Economic Potential 30.11.2015 Politics on
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. Cities and states have long urged their residents to ride bicycles, as a healthy form of recreation and as a green alternative to driving. Now they’re recognizing pedal power’s economic potential. Tourism officials and cycling advocates sometimes refer to tourists on bicycles as “wallets on wheels.” That’s because they stay longer in a state and spend more per day than other tourists. Oregon, for example, has found that bicycle tourism contributes $400 million a year to its economy—roughly $1.1 million a day. It was the first state to create a Bike Friendly Business Program that helps businesses market to bicycle tourists. Other states are pursuing similar strategies. In September, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper declared that Colorado would spend $100 million over four years to make itself “the best state for ...
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We Want More Walkable Neighborhoods - but Can Our Communities Deliver? 30.11.2015 Green on
"The most requested neighborhood characteristic of all buyers is walkability," real estate broker Andrea Evers recently told a reporter for The Washington Post. But, in an article written by the Post's Michele Lerner , Evers went on to say that "very few areas" in the greater DC market meet the desired criterion, particularly if the prospective buyer wants to be within walking distance of a Metro transit station. And that, in a nutshell, is the good and bad news of walkability. Let's elaborate on the good part: More and more of us want to be within safe and comfortable walking distance of the destinations that meet our everyday needs, such as shops, places to eat, services, parks, and good transportation options that can take us downtown and to jobs and other places we want to go. It's the hottest trend in real estate, sought by buyers and renters alike. The demand is increasing In fact, demand for walkable neighborhoods is only going to increase, as more and more members of the millennial generation, ...
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Man struck by light-rail train at Columbia City 28.11.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories

The man, who appeared to be in his early 20s, was trapped between the train and the ground.
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One killed, several injured in hit-and-run crash in New York City 27.11.2015 Yahoo: US National
(Reuters) - One person was killed and several people were injured on a busy New York City street on Thursday when a hit-and-run driver struck a pedestrian before driving away and crashing into parked cars, police said.
Self-driving cars might be "a coming congestion disaster" 26.11.2015 TreeHugger
Some think that they will lead to fewer cars on the road; Jarrett Walker thinks they will totally clog them up.
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Electric vehicles can keep quiet for a little while longer 26.11.2015 Yahoo: Business

Electric vehicles can keep quiet for a little while longerNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration delays a mandate that would require electric vehicles to cater to the visually impaired.

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US regulators delay law that will make electric cars more noisey 25.11.2015 Yahoo: Business
Electric cars are famous for how quiet they are compared to regular gas-guzzlers. This is good for noise pollution, bad for pedestrians -- especially the visually impaired. Manufacturers are well aware ...
Pedestrian struck by car in Conshohocken 25.11.2015 Yahoo: US National

Pedestrian struck by car in ConshohockenPolice in Conshohocken are investigating a pedestrian accident that sent one person to the hospital.

Who bikes, drives, walks, or rides transit to work in Philly? 24.11.2015 News
Attitudes about transit riders, cyclists, and motorists are heavily tangled up in identity politics. In the absence of good information, stereotypes tend to color people's impressions about how different types of people get around, and consequently, what kinds of transportation policies officials should choose.
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Fiery NJ crash survivor: How could somebody walk away from that? 24.11.2015 Yahoo: US National

Fiery NJ crash survivor: How could somebody walk away from that?A New Jersey man is thankful to be alive after surviving a fiery wrong-way accident on I-295 in West Deptford.

Friday Fun: What China’s Clustered Neighborhoods Teach Us About Urban Density and Walkability 21.11.2015 THE CITY FIX
As cities around the globe buckle under intense car congestion, some have begun encouraging residents to walk and bike instead of relying on personal vehicles. Walkable urban places (WalkUPs) provide residents with a variety of dining choices, commute options and ...
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Kirkland’s rapid-transit plan along corridor draws opposition 19.11.2015 Seattle Times: Local

Kirkland bought its six-mile section of the Eastside Rail Corridor and built a bike path that residents compare to the Burke-Gilman Trail. Now a city proposal to get bus rapid transit added to the 100-foot corridor is drawing opposition from residents.
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Why Design and Mobility Are Key for Creating Safer Cities for All 18.11.2015 THE CITY FIX
On November 18 - 19, 2015 Brazil will host the UN’s 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety in Brasilia, convening national governments, cities, and civil society organizations. The conference is a unique moment to bring impetus to the Decade ...
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How Grassroots Organizing Is Building a Bike Culture in Almaty 17.11.2015 THE CITY FIX
In Central Asia, cities have traditionally had parks and tree-lined streets to provide shade and attract pedestrians. Recently, however, pedestrian space has been sacrificed for more roads to accommodate the increase in private vehicles. Further, with cities prioritizing cars more ...
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Bike share popular for rec rides 17.11.2015 Durango Herald
DENVER – More people are sharing bicycles to meet their daily transportation needs, and people living in Sun Belt cities are also using bike-share programs for recreation, according to a new report from Rice University.Denver is one of four cities in the study.Kelsey Walker, research fellow and report co-author with...
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Highlights of Commute Santa Monica - Lessons from Gamification to Influence Transportation Behavior 16.11.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Fernando Cazares, LA Regional Coordinator (Urban Solutions) & Policy Advocate, Washington, D.C.: Guest blog by Ma'ayan Dembo - CommuteSM Program Manager Earlier this year, in collaboration with the City of Santa Monica, CommuteSM launched Santa Monica's first-ever Commuter Challenge. This challenge encouraged residents and employees in Santa Monica to bike, carpool/vanpool,...
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Scott Walker's Legacy of Double-Dealing Revealed in New John Doe Emails 16.11.2015 Truthout - All Articles
In 2011, prosecutors in the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office suspected that Scott Walker committed felony misconduct while serving as Milwaukee County Executive due to his direct involvement in a multi-million dollar lease renewal for county offices at a privately held building called the Reuss Federal Plaza. Newly-released emails, made public as part of a federal lawsuit, reveal crucial details about these bid-rigging allegations originally reported by the  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  in 2012--details that were not known to the public when Walker faced recall, ran for reelection in 2014 or for the White House in 2015. "The Reuss plaza procurement was one of the most egregious examples of procurement misconduct that I have seen," said Jerome Heer, the head of Milwaukee County's audit department. Heer has thirty-five years of government procurement experience, twenty-eight with the County of Milwaukee. "In particular, the sharing of information with one 'insider' was unprecedented," Heer told ...
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El Niño 'is here, and it is huge,' as officials race to prep for winter 15.11.2015 LA Times: Commentary

El Niño continues to gain strength in the Pacific Ocean, climate experts said, with unusually wet conditions expected to hit California between January and March -- and perhaps into May.

The latest forecast increased the urgency for both government agencies and property owners to prepare for possible...

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Friday Fun: Which Transport Mode Would You Choose? The Sounds of Commuting into Washington, DC 13.11.2015 THE CITY FIX
In December of 2007, I visited Tokyo, one of the largest and densest cities in the world. While I stood at an intersection near the busy Shibuya Station (which serves 2.4 million passengers per day), it struck me that the ...
Traffic gridlock in Miami spurs search for transit solutions 13.11.2015 Yahoo: US National
With little land left to build on between the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean, Miami developers are going vertical, converting the city from a sprawling suburbia to a dense metropolis. Dazzling luxury condo towers designed by top architects highlight what some have called the "Manhattanization of Miami." But with the glamor come mounting traffic woes, and politicians and residents are scrambling for long-neglected mass transit solutions. Miami has risen to between 7th and 12th on two U.S. indexes for worst traffic ...
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