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Stay alert, stay safe

By Angie Schmitt
Cycling is getting much safer in American cities that add bike lanes

American cities still have a long way to go before they’re considered safe for people of all ages and abilities to bike. But many of them have made a lot of progress recently, especially the ones building protected bike lanes.

That’s the takeaway of a recent data project featured in the American Journal of Public Health that examines crash and injury rates for cyclists in 10 American cities.

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Mandatory minimums

By Angie Schmitt
Carless renters forced to pay $440 million a year for parking they don’t use

Many residents of American cities can’t escape the high cost of parking, even if they don’t own cars. Thanks to policies like mandatory parking requirements and the practice of “bundling” parking with housing, carless renters pay $440 million each year for parking they don’t use, according to a new study by C.J. Gabbe and Gregory Pierce in the journal Housing Policy Debate.

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Unsafe streets

By Angie Schmitt
CDC: America falling behind other nations on traffic safety

This article was originally published on StreetsBlogUSA.


 

How is the U.S. doing on traffic safety?

To hear a lot of people tell it, we’re making great strides. President Obama recently referred to the reduction in American traffic deaths as a success story of sorts, contrasting it with the rise in gun deaths.

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Hitting the streets

By Angie Schmitt
Cycling booms in London, and the city’s not looking back

This article was originally published on StreetsBlogUSA.

Boris Johnson says that one of his goals as mayor of London was to make cycling “more popular and more normal.” As Johnson’s eight-year tenure winds down, it looks like the progress he made in his second term has accomplished that mission.

If current trends continue, bike commuters will outnumber car commuters in central London by 2018, according to a recent report from Johnson’s office [PDF]. Citywide, Transport for London estimates people already make 645,000 bike trips on an average day.

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The Koch brothers’ war on transit

By Angie Schmitt
How many local transit projects are drawing fire from the Koch political network?

This article was originally published by StreetsBlogUSA.

Transit advocates around the country were transfixed by a story in Tennessee this April, when the state chapter of Americans for Prosperity made a bid to pre-emptively kill Nashville bus rapid transit. It was an especially brazen attempt by Charles and David Koch’s political network to strong-arm local transportation policy makers. But it was far from the only time the Kochs and their surrogates have taken aim at transit.

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