Image: Gage Skidmore, CC
Image: Gage Skidmore, CC
  • Democrats entered the July 4 recess frustrated with President Biden’s proposal for a gas tax holiday (The hill, Streetsblog). Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos criticized Biden’s call for oil companies to lower prices (Bloomberg).
  • Mass shooting in Highland Park inspired a dead thread by Heidi Feldman, a Georgetown law professor, linking gun violence to the erosion of democracy itself. It is worth reading.
  • Sexual assaults rose from nearly 6,000 in 2017-18 to 4,000 in 2019-20, according to a new Uber safety report, but more drivers and passengers died in car crashes. (New York Times)
  • The US DOT is offering $573 million in grants for safer railroad crossings (Railway technology). Another $1 billion is aimed at reconnecting communities cut off by highways (Public transportation), but it’s way too small (Streetsblog).
  • California’s new budget includes $4.2 billion to complete a high-speed rail line in the Central Valley (San Jose Mercury News), but Governor Gavin Newsom’s pledge to make transit free for three months did not hold (SFGate).
  • DC-area roads, airports and bike-share are as busy as they were before the pandemic, but public transit continues to struggle. (Washington Post)
  • Denver needs better cycling infrastructure to help people get to transit stations. (Colorado newspaper)
  • A Metro Atlanta rapid transit authority recommended bus rapid transit over light rail on the Campbellton Corridor. (SCS 46)
  • The budget proposed by the Pinellas County Transit Agency includes increases to employees and funds to purchase zero-emission buses. (Tampa Bay Weather
  • Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson has signed a resolution committing the city to Vision Zero (Diary-Sentinel)
  • A decision to override Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s veto of 24-hour bus lanes on Hennepin Avenue missed a city council vote. (CBS Minnesota)
  • Chicago plans to add concrete barriers to all bike lines by the end of 2023. (ABC 7)
  • A judge allows the construction of protected bike lanes in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the first US city to mandate the addition of bike lanes on all road projects, after business owners and residents sued in justice. (Cambridge Day)
  • The Cincinnati streetcar is back on track after a building collapse blocked part of its route. (Fox 19)
  • Pittsburgh’s bike share donated 450 retired bikes to a community group. (Post-Gazette)

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