Today’s Headlines

  • Albany Passes a Budget Four Months Behind Schedule (NYT, News)
  • MTR Lays Out a Transpo Agenda for New York’s Next Gov
  • Where the MTA Service Cuts Hit Hardest (City Limits)
  • Albany’s Handling of the MTA Is "Absolutely Idiotic Public Policy" (HuffPo)
  • The Journal Covers Park Slope Neighbors’ PPW Traffic Speed Study
  • $52M in Metrocard Purchases Will Go Unused Next Year, MTA Estimates (News)
  • Newtown Creek: NYC’s Super Slow Motion Oil Disaster (NYT)
  • Mexico City Is a Town Without Parade Rules (NYT)
  • Summer Streets Preview: Crystal Clear Dumpster Pools (Gothamist, News)
  • London Launched Its 400-Station Bike-Share Program Last Week (Telegraph)
  • But Is Boris Johnson Building a Bike Network With Sufficient Urgency? (Global Urbanist)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

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    USAToday had an overview of a trend toward tolling roads and bridges in absence of a national gas tax increase. Most if not all of the projects cited tolls being used to fund highway expansion projects and construction of new bridges, as opposed to maintenance on what we have already.

  • From the health section of the Times, a story headlined “Obesity Rates Keep Rising, Troubling Health Officials” — check out this quote:

    “Only Colorado and Washington, D.C., had obesity rates under 20 percent. Researchers are not sure why. Dr. William Dietz, director of the nutrition, physical activity and obesity division, said that Colorado had spent money from a state lottery on biking and walking trails and that many people were using them.”

    The rest of us can just drive our cars to the fat farm. No… wait … maybe we can install some low-cost biking infrastructure.

    Full article:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/04/health/nutrition/04fat.html?ref=health

  • Bike share = communism. Or something.

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    “Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes is warning voters that Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s policies, particularly his efforts to boost bike riding, are “converting Denver into a United Nations community.”

    “This is all very well-disguised, but it will be exposed,” Maes told about 50 supporters who showed up at a campaign rally last week in Centennial.

    Maes said in a later interview that he once thought the mayor’s efforts to promote cycling and other environmental initiatives were harmless and well-meaning. Now he realizes “that’s exactly the attitude they want you to have.”

    “This is bigger than it looks like on the surface, and it could threaten our personal freedoms,” Maes said.”

    “At first, I thought, ‘Gosh, public transportation, what’s wrong with that, and what’s wrong with people parking their cars and riding their bikes? And what’s wrong with incentives for green cars?’ But if you do your homework and research, you realize ICLEI is part of a greater strategy to rein in American cities under a United Nations treaty,” Maes said.”

    http://www.denverpost.com/election2010/ci_15673894