TRANSPORTATION PLANNING, PRACTICE AND PROGRESS


            E-Bikes' Beauty in the Eye of the BeholderED MURRAY

E-Bikes' Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder

Infrastructure, regulation struggles to keep pace with boom

E-bikes have enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years as a tool to fight climate change and reduce carbon emissions. At the same time, some regions are grappling with how to regulate e-bikes and where to put them.


            Appetite for Atlanta Incentive May Scale Program RegionallyPROPEL ATL

Appetite for Atlanta Incentive May Scale Program Regionally

Atlanta is among the latest cities to offer tax credits for e-bike purchases, with a goal to distribute 1,000 vouchers -- more than 1,500 people signed up for the program within 48 hours of its launch.


            Tampa: Predictable Weather, Flat Topography Makes for Good E-bike Environment

Tampa: Predictable Weather, Flat Topography Makes for Good E-bike Environment

A pilot e-bike incentive in Tampa last year awarded 180 vouchers from almost 1,000 applications. This year, the city plans to award 260 vouchers, valued at $570,000, in two funding cycles.


            Battery Fires, Deadly CrashesED MURRAY

Battery Fires, Deadly Crashes

Lithium-ion batteries made e-bikes more convenient and popular. Regulators at various levels try to keep up address battery fires and deadly crashes.


            E-bikes and Older Adults

E-bikes and Older Adults

A survey found four takeaways as to why those 50 and older own an e-bike or not:


            Is Carpooling Still a Thing? Promoting Efficiency in the Era of Remote WorkBILL WITTKOP

Is Carpooling Still a Thing? Promoting Efficiency in the Era of Remote Work

Widespread work-from-home practices have upended many efforts to make transportation more efficient, raising new environmental and economic concerns. Non-profit commuter services organizations that promote carpooling,  transit and other alternatives to driving solo to work are trying to adapt to the new reality of intermittent commuting and changing travel patterns. Meanwhile, the push-pull between workers and their employers over remote work policies continues.


            Brightline Aims High After Years of Hopes

Brightline Aims High After Years of Hopes

High-Speed Rail Kicks Off Florida Service as a Model for California and Beyond

Brightline's Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas route aims to capture up to 11 million of the travelers who would otherwise have made trips between the Los Angeles metro area and southern Nevada by car or commercial airlines -- and serve as a model for future high-speed rail lines.


            Reimagining Bus Shelters As Local Art

Reimagining Bus Shelters As Local Art

Bus shelters in Portland, Maine are getting attention for more than just providing space protected from the elements where people can wait.


            As Gas Tax Loses Power, Fees Closer to RealityED MURRAY

As Gas Tax Loses Power, Fees Closer to Reality

Innovative Programs at State Level Show Potential Ways Forward

Roughly half of U.S. states are currently or have been engaged in pilot programs to study Mileage-Based User Fees (MBUF), with varying approaches to how mileage is reported or collected, how much drivers are charged, and how to recoup costs from out-of-state motorists.


 
Pedestrian Deaths Continue Climbing

Pedestrian deaths continue to rise in the United States, with 7,522 people struck and killed while walking in 2022. read more

Most Bikeshares See Ridership Grow

Most docked bikeshare systems experienced an increase in ridership last year, led by expansion in Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. read more

Survey: Risky Charging Behavior by Micromobility Owners

AMID SOARING SALES of e-bikes and e-scooters in recent years, there’s a lack of awareness among owners about the lithium-ion batteries that power the devices that could lead to risky behavior and even deadly fires, according to recent surveys. read more

Remote Work v. Emissions v. Transit Ridership

RESEARCHERS ARE IN the midst of trying to sort out the impacts of remote work since the pandemic on transit systems and the environment. read more

Study Examines Safety in Cities with High, Low Biking Rates 

MORE BICYCLE INFRASTRUCTURE can improve safety for all road users as it heightens the visibility and awareness of bicyclists and pedestrians have “strength in numbers” but the strongest relationship with improved safety are lower vehicle speeds and fewer vehicle trips that are likely a result of high-density land use development and transportation networks. read more