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L.A. bus ridership continues to fall; officials now looking to overhaul the system 23.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

As ridership on Southern California’s largest bus network has dropped steadily over the last few years, transportation officials have expressed confidence that the decline was temporary and riders would soon return.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority attributed the drop to factors beyond...

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After Times Square attack, calls for more sidewalk barriers 20.5.2017 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fears of a terrorist attack prompted officials to ring many of the pedestrian plazas of Times Square with squat steel posts capable of stopping a speeding vehicle....
Does the proposed Sodo arena site have a light-rail advantage over KeyArena? 20.5.2017 Seattle Times: Local

The presence of Link Light Rail stations in Sodo often is cited as an advantage. But two companies proposing to renovate KeyArena say an upgraded Monorail would negate the Sodo advantage. With that in mind, we decided to run a timing test.
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Yampa River Core Trail won't get a speed limit 20.5.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Concerned about becoming a "nanny state" and adopting rules the city can’t enforce, the Steamboat Springs City Council has decided against setting a speed limit on the Yampa River Core Trail. Instead, the city will rely on its existing trail etiquette rules and self policing to avoid conflicts on the commuter trail when electric bicycles are legally added to the mix later this month. The council last week was divided on the question of whether to set the speed limit at 10 or 15 miles per hour. An initial recommendation from city staff to set it at 20 miles per hour was quickly passed over after it was met with concern by some community members. The council decided against setting any speed limit at all after a plea from City Manager Gary Suiter. “We should only adopt rules or laws that we can enforce,” Suiter said. “We do not have the resources to put people on the Core Trail and ticket people who are speeding more than 10 miles per hour.” Suiter said he has not heard any complaints about cyclists ...
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It's time to put an end to traffic terrorism 19.5.2017 TreeHugger
"Accident, not terror." What's the difference?
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Steamboat briefs: Spring storm blocks Broncos appearance in Steamboat 19.5.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Thursday’s snow and the promise of more this weekend led to the Denver Broncos’ decision to cancel appearances in Steamboat Springs and Aspen. “They (the Broncos) emailed us Thursday morning to let us know that the weather and the concern with traveling in the mountains led to the cancellation of the events in Steamboat Springs and Aspen,” said Maren McCutchan, public relations manager for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. The Salute to the Fans Tour in Steamboat Springs was scheduled to take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Ski Town Field. The team had planned to drive to Steamboat Springs for the event and then continue onto Aspen. But Mother Nature had other ideas. Road closures and dangerous driving conditions in the mountains forced the team to reconsider its stops. The events might be rescheduled at a later date, but McCutchan said several things would need to fall in place before that could happen. JD Hays memorial service postponed due to weather Friday’s memorial service ...
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L.A. lawmakers sign off on $9.2-billion budget 19.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The Los Angeles City Council voted Thursday to approve a $9.2-billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year, striking a last-minute deal that ensures funding for street safety initiatives as well as the repair of badly damaged roads.

The budget contains about $24 million for Vision Zero, a program...

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Uber launches freight service to meet on-demand trucking needs 19.5.2017 L.A. Times - Technology News

Uber Technologies inched closer to becoming a logistics company Thursday with the launch of Uber Freight, an on-demand freight service for trucking carriers.

Similar to the Uber app, through which drivers find passengers in need of a paid ride, the Uber Freight app connects truck drivers with...

I told her that I didn't have a car. She told me, 'Goodbye' 17.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

I haven’t owned a car since 2014, the year when my Subaru Legacy died a smoky death on the side of the road. The loss was traumatic, but it only took a month to realize that not owning a vehicle is awesome.

Even in Los Angeles, one of America’s most car-dependent cities, it’s possible to lead a...

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Proposals would make it easier — and safer — to walk, bike and drive to light rail stations in south Denver 12.5.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
Commuters and south Denver residents could one day see more multimodal transit options and better connectivity to the University and Colorado Boulevard light rail stations.
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3 big ways sustainable design will shape future cities 10.5.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
When it comes to the evolution of urban areas, think up and think fewer cars.
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The Need for Safe Speeds: 4 Surprising Ways Slower Driving Creates Better Cities 9.5.2017 THE CITY FIX
This week is UN Global Road Safety Week, focused on the theme “Slow Down, Save Lives.” WRI works to make cities around the world safer and more sustainable by implementing street design and regulations that reduce vehicle speeds while supporting walking ...
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The Need for (Safe) Speed: 4 Surprising Ways Slower Driving Creates Better Cities 9.5.2017 WRI Stories
The Need for (Safe) Speed: 4 Surprising Ways Slower Driving Creates Better CitiesAdd Comment|PrintCrowded streets in Bangkok. Photo by Bernard Spragg/Flickr This week is UN Global Road Safety Week, focused on the theme “Slow Down, Save Lives.” WRI works to make cities around the world safer and more sustainable by implementing street design and regulations that reduce vehicle speeds while supporting walking and cycling. There is a growing body of evidence on the impacts and wider benefits of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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E-bikes could gain access to Steamboat's Core Trail this month 9.5.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Electric bicycles could soon be legally zipping down the Yampa River Core Trail. The city’s elected officials could as soon as May 16 adopt new rules to allow two classes of e-bikes on the Core Trail as part of a yearlong pilot program. But city officials are recommending the city take a more conservative approach than the state is taking for now and keep the e-bikes off of other types of trails, including Emerald Mountain. A new state law that will take effect in early August will allow Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes on any path where bicycles are authorized to travel. The Class 1 bicycles have an electric motor that just offers the rider a pedal assist. Class 2 bicycles have an electric drive system that the rider can engage with a throttle. The new state rule will also clarify that electric bicycles are not classified as motor vehicles. Local municipalities have the power to set their own rules and make them more or less restrictive. If the City Council does nothing, the rules here will default to the ...
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Denver’s commuter corridors, including Broadway, are no longer just for cars. Will that cause strife? 8.5.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
Broadway and other Denver streets are undergoing changes to better serve cyclists and transit. But car commuters could lose their dominance over the road.
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Great American Horse Drive to kick up dust Sunday 5.5.2017 Steamboat Pilot
The clicking of horseshoes trotting down the highway will once again ring through Maybell Sunday for those attending the Great American Horse Drive. If you’ve never been, it’s a sight to see — just ask those who religiously attend each year, lining the streets to anxiously await the endless herd of 400 domesticated horses that passes through the small Moffat County town. The goal of the horse drive is twofold: first, it's a way to conveniently transfer hundreds of horses by foot from one pasture to the next rather than transporting them via truck; second, it creates a unique tourist attraction, not just for spectators, but also for those from around the globe who pay $1,200 to act like real cowboys and cowgirls for a few days. This is the 19th year Sombrero Ranches has opened the drive to paying clients. The whole shebang is organized by Sombrero Ranches, essentially a horse rental business based in Moffat County and owned by Rex Walker and his wife Queeda Mantle. “Every year, it’s a wonderful thing to ...
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Craig briefs: Bike to School Day slated for Wednesday 5.5.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Thousands of children across Colorado will be strapping on helmets and filling up bike racks for the sixth annual National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 10. “This year’s participation in Bike to School Day is as exciting as ever,” Colorado Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School Program Manager Leslie Feuerborn said in a statement. “Support for events across Colorado from Campo to Carbondale and Salida to Sterling and all along the Front Range is inspiring, and we couldn’t be more pleased with how many communities and families are coming together to promote safe bicycling to school on this one day.” May also is National Bike Month. Students, along with parents, teachers and community leaders, will be bicycling or walking to and from school throughout the month so drivers are encouraged to be extra cautious. Distracted driving is a common cause of crashes so motorists are urged to put down their cell phone, keep their eyes on the road and watch for children near roadways. Bike to School ...
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Vienna shows how cities don't have to cater to cars 4.5.2017 TreeHugger
It has great bike, pedestrian and transit infrastructure and puts people first.
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Cycling trail in Canadian Rockies is a brilliant idea, so why the big fuss? 1.5.2017 TreeHugger
A proposed trail linking Banff and Jasper is being criticized for potential environmental damage. Never mind the thousands of cars that travel the same route each day.
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KeyArena renovation groups have different strategies for transportation, parking 1.5.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Seattle Partners envisions Westlake Center as an arrival/departure point and having mobility hubs to bridge the mile-long distance to the arena. Oak View would have a shorter radius from the venue for parking and plans to build a publicly funded parking garage next to the arena.
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