Transportation roundup 11/18/14

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Congratulations to Tampa for getting a bikeshare program! Ybor City, the only bike-and-pedestrian-friendly enclave that I know of in all of Gulf Coast Florida, is now super-duper bike-and-pedestrian friendly! Everyone else, you can have US 19 (pictured).

US highway 19

The stretch of US 19 between St. Petersburg and Pasco County in Florida has a little something for everyone. That something is massive depression. As usual, though, Tampa is much happier to address the transportation motes in its eye than the logs. Image from Daniel Oines.

Dick van Veen argues in People for Bikes that a little chaos in street design isn’t a bad thing – when drivers, bikers, and pedestrians all have to share streets in a relatively unstructured way, safety outcomes can be better than when everyone is (too) comfortable cruising along in their lane. Van Veen says: “It may surprise you that half the bike facilities in The Netherlands are not protected. We are often guided by the maxim, ‘mix when you can and separate when you must.’”

The LA Times says that “conspicuously ‘green’ consumers dominate sales of electric vehicles,” but these cars may not deliver on their reputation for environmental friendliness – it all depends on the electricity source where the car is driven. In the Midwest, where coal is still common, charging a car produces more emissions than burning gas to run it would. Back to the drawing board.

Daniel Luzer in Governing points out that Lakewood, OH – the most densely populated place between Chicago and New York City – still hasn’t bought school buses, and all the kids walk to school. The article breaks down how this is possible.

A fascinating set of maps at Citylab measures the economic potential of roads worldwide vs. the delicacy of ecosystems.

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