August 24, 2010

Pop Up Cafe
New Pop-Up Cafe in NYC Financial District
(Photo courtesy DNAInfo)


  • Road caves and tempers rise on I-93 (Boston Globe, MassDOT)
    State toils to fix gaps attributed to neglect
    By Eric Moskowitz -- The surface of Interstate 93 ruptured here yesterday for the second day in a row, creating a gash large enough to swallow a car and snarling traffic for miles while the state performed emergency repairs that officials said will have the road open for this morning’s commute. Engineers were forced to close three of four northbound lanes, causing tens of thousands of motorists to idle on the traffic-snarled interstate or scramble for alternate routes.
  • Comm Ave bike lanes, rough draft to final design [BU Bridge to Packards Corner] (Allston-Brighton Bikes)
    Bike lanes have been painted from Packard’s Corner to BU Bridge! Another piece of the thermoplastic puzzle is down! Fresh 5-ft wide path down the street! That means we can bike all the way from Allston to the Public Garden, through the entire Back Bay, following the little helmeted bike-dude on the pavement! So many exclamation marks can’t contain the excitement!!!
  • Signals crossed on Worcester link (Boston Globe, NECN, Worcester Telegram)
    Cambridge gets belated heads-up on Murray's North Station plan
    By Eric Moskowitz -- The commuter rail has been Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray’s signature issue since he took office as a Worcester city councilor more than a decade ago. He has pushed for more frequent, more reliable, and more extensive service as a boon for his hometown and the state, and as a way to broaden his appeal in suburbs and exurbs beyond Boston. But his chief rail concern — promoted in stump speeches, forums, and letter-writing campaigns — has been adding round trips between Worcester and Boston.
  • After accident, mayor of LA is bike advocate (Boston Globe, Streetsblog LA)
    By Daisy Nguyen -- LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is the new champion of cyclists’ rights in the nation’s second-largest city, a conversion that came after a bone-breaking fall from his own bicycle. The mayor, who said little on the topic during five years in office, is campaigning to make streets safer for cyclists after a parked cab abruptly pulled out across a bike lane, causing him to shatter an elbow. The ill-fated ride was his first on city streets since taking office.
  • New traffic signals make it safer for pedestrians (USA TODAY)
    By Mike Chalmers -- As a freshman at the University of Delaware, Caitlin Gormley had to dash across a busy two-lane road to reach her Introduction to Animal Science lab on a research farm south of campus. "I tried once on my bike, but I felt uncomfortable so I stopped after that," said Gormley, 20, now a junior pre-veterinary medicine major who drives to the farm. "It was pretty scary." A new kind of traffic signal in Delaware, the High-intensity Activated Cross Walk, or HAWK, became active Friday and will make crossing Delaware 72 safer for students beginning this semester, state transportation officials say.
  • The key to cycling safely? More cyclists (Montreal Gazette)
    Traffic-calming measures and bike lanes increase the number of cyclists and decrease the risk of collisions: study
    By Michelle LaLonde -- MONTREAL -- The 2010 cycling season was just getting under way when the horrific news hit that three female cyclists had been killed, plowed down by a pickup truck on a dangerous stretch of Highway 112 near Rougemont. That high-profile collision focused the public eye on the vulnerability of cyclists for the first half of this summer, as for several weeks every collision involving the serious injury or death of a cyclist in or near Montreal got more than the usual share of media attention.


  • Arlington resident Eric Berger takes on the Mass. Ave. Corridor Project (Boston Globe, Arlington Advocate, Newton Streets and Sidewalks, Boston Biker)
  • Longfellow Bridge --
    • Letter: Crumbling infrastructure a national challenge (Boston Globe)
    • Here's a thought... (Universal Hub)
    • Working With MassDOT On The Longfellow Bridge (MassBike)
    • For future of the Longfellow, task force crunching the numbers (Boston Globe)
  • Road caves and tempers rise on I-93 (Boston Globe, MassDOT)
  • Public Bulletin Boards: Pillar of Community, or Streetscape Eyesore? (
  • Drawbridge plan raises hackles (Boston Globe)
  • Bridge repair work remains at standstill (Boston Globe)
  • Old mall is razed to make way for new road in Quincy Center (Boston Globe)
  • New approach, new hope for Downtown Crossing (Boston Globe, Boston Herald)
  • City hits store landlord [Downtown Crossing] (Boston Herald)
  • North Station area eyes bid (Boston Herald)
  • Residents help city crack down on trash scofflaws (Boston Globe)
  • Starts & Stops: Tieup raises question: Is texting while stopped in traffic against the law?; Last stop for Green Line: TSA training in Colorado; Tipsters report trouble on Charles drawbridge; MBTA settles lawsuit over locomotive idling (Boston Globe)
  • Starts & Stops: MBTA riding high with $1.2m surplus at close of fiscal year, best finish in 5 years; State seeks US funds for South Station expansion; No texting in backups (Boston Globe)
  • Starts & Stops: Website rates mass-transit viability; A historic bridge too far gone?; Repairs snarl Monsignor O'Brien Highway (Boston Globe)


  • Crews repair hole on bridge sidewalk in Allston (WHDH, WBZ)
  • Pedestrian in serious condition after being struck by car in Cambridge (Cambridge Chronicle)
  • Arlington parents asked to form 'walking school buses' (Boston Globe)
  • Boston Region Pedestrian Transportation Plan (MassDOT Blog)




Transportation financing/Government


  • Boston Reflects on Pei's Brutalist Plaza (Architect's Newspaper)
  • Allston-Brighton group wants to help revitalize Everett Street open spaces in neighborhood (Allston-Brighton TAB)
  • You Are Here: New Signs Come to the Greenway (Greenway Blog)
  • Charles River Conservancy chosen as finalist to receive $20K for riverbank project (Cambridge Chronicle)
  • MBTA Lease Boosts Peabody Rail Trail (MassDOT Blog)
  • MWRA offers Natick use of its Cochituate Aqueduct as a link to Metro West trails (Boston Globe)
  • Revival on tap for Hub channel (Boston Globe)
  • Editorial: Signs of life on the Greenway (Boston Globe)
  • Plenty of spark in nearby parks (Boston Globe)
  • They've been swayed: Huge hammock rocks (Boston Globe)
  • Wherefore Art Thou, Skatepark? (Weekly Dig)
  • Work underway on Fairfield Street pedestrian bridge (Back Bay Sun)
  • Gov. Patrick signs new legislation into law allowing city to renovate and lease properties in Back Bay Fens and Boston Common (Beacon Hill Times)

Development projects

Land Use/Planning


  • VIDEO: SFpark Overview (Vimeo)
  • Connecticut, Intent on Improving In-State Rail Connections, Plans Bond Release (Transport Politic)
  • Yikes! It's a Garage (New York Times)
  • Some streets still unsafe for seniors, forcing many to hustle in order to make it across in time (NY Daily News)
  • Radar Survey Says: New PPW Has Reversed the Curse of Speeding Traffic (Streetsblog)
  • Detroit on the move with Woodward Avenue light-rail line (USDOT Blog)
  • Transportation choices attract young professionals (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • Will Los Angeles Revolutionize U.S. Urban Transit Funding? (The City Fix)
  • 'Parking Wars' Personalities Enjoying Better Treatment (KYW)
  • Reversing Robert Moses (WNYC)
  • Cyclists Cheer as Judge Finally Frees San Francisco from Bike Injunction (Streetsblog SF, San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Using YouTube to Make Zoning Understandable (Planetizen)
  • Summer Streets 2010: Dumpster Pool Party and more! (Streetfilms)
  • Our city could use a little 'Manhattanization' (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • New Hampshire Confra-Flow Lanes Installation (The WashCycle, The WashCycle)
  • DOT Unveils New "Pop Up Cafe" in Financial District (Streetsblog, NBC NY)
  • Anti-Bike Rage Boiling Over in Charlotte (Planetizen)
  • New Stress Added to the Heart of Los Angeles Gridlock (New York Times)
  • VIDEO: Drivers: NYC Streets For Everyone But Us (CBS NY)
  • Deadliest for Walkers: Male Drivers, Left Turns (New York Times)
  • Local News Strikes a Sour Note on Cycling (New York Times)
    • VIDEO: Rogue Riding? NYC Bicyclists 'Way Out Of Control' (CBS NY)
    • VIDEO: CBS 2 Gets Up Close And Personal With 'Bike Bedlam' (CBS NY)
    • "Bike Bedlam" Fact Check: NYC Bike-Ped Injuries Drop From Low to Lower (Streetsblog)
  • After accident, mayor of LA is bike advocate (Boston Globe, Streetsblog LA)

National trends

  • City parks, bringing urban centers back to life (Washington Post)
  • Will Bicyclists And Pedestrians Squeeze Out Cars? (National Journal)
  • Most teens still driving while distracted (USA TODAY)
  • Act Now to Save Riding Routes From Rumble Strips! (LAB)
  • Senate Committee approves forward-looking Livable Communities Act (T4A)
  • Special Report: Smart money in real estate is on smart growth (Reuters)
  • Study: States Reap Windfall in Federal Highway Money No Matter What They Pay (FOX News)
  • Cities Engage in Vast Biking Conspiracy (New York Times, Denver Post)
  • Public Transit: Bleeding to Death from a Thousand Cuts? (Citiwire)
  • Update on bike bans (LAB)
  • Breaking Ground On The Post-Interstate Interstate (Transportation Nation)
  • Voinovich: Gas-tax hike would pump up the job market, help close deficit (The Hill)
  • Transportation User Fee Model Obsolete, But No Solution on the Horizon (Transport Politic)
  • Mass Transit: The Great Train Robbery (Forbes)
  • Internalizing the Externalized: The Case of Roads (Planetizen)
  • Our Waistlines Are Expanding In Sync With Our Car-Dependence (Streetsblog DC, GOOD)
  • New traffic signals make it safer for pedestrians (USA TODAY)
  • Momentum grows for federal policy breakthrough that would fast track bikeway innovations (BikePortland)
  • Google Leads, You Pedal (New York Times)
  • Residents Who Live Near Public Transportation Live Healthier, Longer Lives, Study Finds (APTA)
  • WWID or What Would Ike Do? (PBS)
  • Free Parking Comes at a Price (New York Times)
  • Walk Score expands into Transit Score; housing plus transportation costs (T4America)
  • U.S. Announces $8.5 Billion in Requests for High-Speed Funds; $2.3 Billion Available (Transport Politic)
  • Is the U.S. turning a corner on high-speed rail? (CNN)

International news

  • Hume: Cycling in Toronto is a joke (Toronto Star)
  • The key to cycling safely? More cyclists (Montreal Gazette)
  • China Plans Huge Buses That Can DRIVER OVER Cars (Huffington Post)
  • Mid-sized cities make process in revitalizing downtowns (Globe and Mail)
  • Paris' Popular Bike Rentals Spark Electric Car Plans (NPR)
  • Access for All: Transport for the Disabled Poor (The City Fix)
  • Cycle hire scheme is a capital idea (Telegraph)
  • VIDEO: Copenhagen's Car-Free Streets & Slow-Speed Zones (Streetfilms)
  • A parking lot where charge is calculated on vehicle's length (Prokerala News)
  • Vancouver businesses battle new bike lane proposal (Vancouver Sun)
  • VIDEO: London's Do-It-Yourself Approach to Safer Streets (Streetfilms)
  • Cyclists v drivers? They're often the same people (Guardian)
  • Moving Flat by Bicycle in Vienna (
  • New guide encourages power to the people, not cars (Architecture & Design)