- Your typical "Can you believe we're spending money on transit, walking and biking when people are stuck in gridlock?" opinion piece. They claim that even though 82% of trips will be by car in 2040, we still spend "inordinate amounts of available transportation money on things like streetcars and bike lanes which will not reduce automobile traffic, but will reduce existing capacity on the roads, thus guaranteeing future gridlock." There are several things wrong with this, starting with the fact that claiming that spending is out of proportion is more convincing if you provide the actual proportion. For example, as the Examiner points out 11% of trips are by foot and bicycle, but only 2% of spending in the TIP is for biking and walking. So does the Examiner think we should be spending more on these modes? Another issue is that looking at spending % and mode share may not be the relevant way to look at our investments. Building in urban areas will always be more expensive than in rural areas, which will push the cost of transit up.
- CaBi makes the Sierra Club's list of 50 best transportation projects in the US.
- BicycleSpace is not going anywhere despite development of the buildings around them.
- Chicago will try to make their bikeshare program available to people without credit cards, but it's unclear what they will do to acheive that.