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The Monday Roundup: Bad modeling, respect the land, WFH FTW, and more

The Monday Roundup: Dangerous modeling, respect the land, WFH FTW, and extra

Welcome to the week. Listed below are essentially the most noteworthy gadgets we got here throughout previously seven days.

Dangerous modeling: Vice takes a deep dive into the “broken algorithms” that create site visitors fashions that dominate transportation politics — and why we must always cease utilizing them.

Racism in transit: A superb overview of how transit agencies perpetuate systemic racism in the whole lot from how they design their buses and trains to which routes the autos take.

Native retail local weather: Bike outlets are busier than ever in Portland however product shortages have made it hard for some to completely capitalize on the second.

Troubling laws: Micromobility advocates are nervous that a bill regarding liability insurance being thought of in California would successfully kill bike and scooter share.

Simply say no: Transportation reformer Joe Cortright lays out his case against the $5 billion transportation funding package Metro hopes voters will approve in November.

Zero deaths: It’s not typically we see the phrases “easy” and “finish site visitors fatalities” in the identical sentence, however Robust Cities thinks they’ve have the magic formula.

Cargo bikes FTW: Extra main mainstream exposure for cargo bikes, that are booming in recognition due to the pandemic, addition of electrical motors, and numerous different elements. (Don’t miss the half the place they use my photograph with out permission, cost, or credit score!)

E-bikes = extra biking: Newly published research discovered that, “Individuals who bought an e-bike elevated their bicycle use from 2.1 to 9.2 km per day on common, representing a change in bike as share of all transport from 17 to 49 p.c.”

Extra space wanted: There’s an effort afoot in NYC that jogs my memory of conversations we’ve had in regards to the Hawthorne Bridge: Persons are calling on the DOT to make one outer lane of the Queensboro Bridge available to people on foot.

In regards to the land: This call to respect and acknowledge native lands by an Indigenous mountain biker is gorgeous, highly effective and well timed.

Well being of micromobility: NACTO has accomplished a comprehensive count of bike and scooter-share rides across the country and the massive numbers present the essential function these modes are having on city transportation.

WFH tea leaf: In one of many clearest indicators that commute habits will probably be eternally altered by Covid-19, Pinterest simply terminated a deal on a 490,000 new office in San Francisco.

Vehicles are the issue: Berlin was one of many first locations to aggressively set up pop-up bike lanes throughout the pandemic. Sadly an increase in single-occupancy autos (as a result of fears of public transit) has contributed to more fatal bike collisions than last year.

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