• Malls are often ridiculed by city planners, but people flock to them for a reason: from the elderly who want to stroll, to people in wheelchairs to teenagers who skateboard, their well-maintained infrastructure allows people to feel safe. (City laboratory)
  • If we really want to achieve zero carbon, let’s focus more on bicycles than on electric vehicles. (Streetsblog USA)
  • Car tires are killing us, reports the Guardian (although a somewhat demystified expert the scariest claims in the newspaper).
  • Climate change is forcing East Coast schools to send kids home early because they have no air conditioning and no money to install it. (Washington Post)
  • Dezeen believes the pandemic will usher in a “magical” golden age of cycling in cities.
  • California regulators have approved allowing robot taxis on the streets of San Francisco. (NPR)
  • Rising construction costs could force Austin to take a hard look at its $7 billion Project Connect transit plan. So here’s another look at some of the major projects on offer. (the Chronicle)
  • The Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority spends more than half of its sales tax revenue on operating costs, leading critics to wonder if enough will be left over to fund expansion plans. (AJC)
  • The Alexandria Free Transit Experience was a great success. (Governing)
  • Officials in Orange County, North Carolina are finally realizing how the region’s governments spent $157 million on a light rail line that never made it past the planning stage. They also threw cold water on any attempt to try light rail again. (Raleigh News and Observer)
  • Pennsylvania’s definition of “sidewalk” threatens construction of new protected bike lanes in Philadelphia. (Applicant)
  • Bus and train rides in Los Angeles are free today to help boost voter turnout. (Los Angeles Time)

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