Transportation roundup 12/2/14

| December 2, 2014

Let’s dig in!

Next City quotes Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto on his city’s transportation: “It isn’t the way it was in 1970… Not everyone’s dream is to have their own car and use it to get to work.” Pittsburgh is adding five miles of protected bike lanes as part of his plan to kickstart its core.

cyclists in pittsburgh

From ndanger.

The Hill reveals that senior drivers themselves think they’re underregulated:

80 percent of drivers who are older than 75 said they were in favor of requiring additional medical screenings for licenses for people who are their age or above.

Speaking of seniors, the Vibrant Bay Area blog argues that urban settings may be superior to the traditional suburban or exurban ones when it comes to residential care and senior living, due to easier mobility once driving is no longer an option due to health problems.

AutoBlog points out a projection that gas will continue to drop in price, approaching $2.00 over the weeks leading up to Jan. 1st.

It’s not uncommon to hear sprawlistas argue against transit funding because its share of expenditures in the U.S. is larger than its market share. Planetizen’s Michael Lewyn rebuts this argument by pointing out that highway spending creates externalities that aren’t always taken into account, and although they’re hard to quantify, school buses and zoning should also be considered in any discussion of road spending, too.

A study in Madison, WI (cited in Scientific American) shows that city planners don’t value trees appropriately because they don’t look at urban heat islands as one of the costs of their decision making, even though heat islands can drive up energy usage and therefore prices.

WalkBikeJerseyBlog thinks McDonalds should make a move to provide bike parking.

This year, the redoubtable Angie Schmitt over at Streetsblog gathered photos of mostly empty parking lots on Black Friday, the one day a year that supposedly justifies their existence. It’s a dismaying exposé on just how nuts parking minimums are.

A private citizen in Santa Monica has invented Ada Plate, a more effective way to display parking permits right next to drivers’ license plates, reports the Santa Monica Mirror.

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