August 26, 2009

Bicycle Boulevard
A bicycle boulevard sign is installed in Santa Rosa, California
(Photo courtesy Press Democrat)

In local news this week, the Globe features a thought-provoking editorial that asks why we typically blame the people who are in a crash instead of the design of the roadway itself.  A few articles talk about  a recent focus by the City of Boston on fixing up neighborhood streets and cleaning up graffiti.  And Momentum Magazine has a set of articles (turn to pages 17-23) all about Boston's bike renaissance.

We learn that EOT and the MBTA are planning to provide real-time bus data online.  In addition, EOT has made MBTA and other regional transit agencies' geographic and schedule data available on their website for software developers.  And great news for multi-use path users as the first leg of the Bruce Freeman Trail finally opens, 20 years after it was first proposed.  Also, the Globe takes a critical look at the effects Mayor Menino has had on development in the city, both good and bad.

New York City and Washington DC are experiencing their own bicycling revolutions, but just as in Boston, there is concern in New York over bicyclists not obeying traffic laws.  However, a recent study in New York City also shows that lack of enforcement is causing all road users to disregard the laws. And a Toronto study shows that cyclists cause only 10% of bike/car accidents.

Ed Glaeser finishes his economic analysis of high speed rail, while Streetsblog questions his numbers and Infrastructurist takes a stab at a more accurate set of calculations. Slate takes a look at how better bike parking could improve our cities, and Scientific American focuses on the potential increase of bicycling from bike sharing programs.  Grist points out how we pay a premium to live in walkable neighborhoods.  And the first round of High Speed Rail applications are in, as discussed by Transport Politic and the Wall Street Journal.





Transportation financing/Government


  • Menino, BRA allocate $45,000 for Berkeley Street Community Garden fence project (South End News)
  • How Boston parks measure up (CommonWealth Unbound)
  • Growing disagreement along Memorial Drive as environmental group contests plan to fell trees (Boston Globe)
  • Letter: A green oasis (Boston Globe)
  • After years of work, first leg of Bruce Freeman Rail Trail set to open (Lowell Sun)

Development projects

Land Use/Planning


National trends

  • How decent bike parking could revolutionize American cities (Slate)
  • Mileage tax may fund new road repairs (Marketplace)
  • Should Existing Interstate Highways Be Tolled? (National Journal)
  • Bountiful bikes: Can a share program get more people cycling around cities? (Scientific American)
  • Smart growth must become more demanding, more community-oriented, and greener (literally) (Switchboard)
  • Would you pay more for walkability? Should you? (Grist)
  • What Would High-Speed Rail Do to Suburban Sprawl (New York Times)
    • Hey, Ed Glaeser, You're Wrong: Better Numbers Shows High Speed Rail Pays For Itself (Infrastructurist)
  • The Transport Index 2009 (Transport Politic)
  • On Point: Ray LaHood (WBUR)
  • US puts brakes on 'cash for clunkers' before it starts running on fumes (Boston Globe)
  • Editorial: Getting America back on track is no easy task (Guardian)
  • Final Applications Submitted for Phase I of High-Speed Rail Stimulus Dollars (Transport Politic, Wall Street Journal)

International news