Author: James Ayre

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California High-Speed Rail Moves Forward

On December 16, the California High-Speed Rail Authority apparently issued a Request For Qualifications (RfQ) amongst train-operating companies — for the guidance of planning and early stage-operations of the planned Central Valley to Silicon Valley bullet train. To explain that more simply, the California High-Speed Rail Authority has begun looking for a train operator for the first […]

January 7th

Seattle Streetcar Expansion Put Into Limbo

Owing to questions about the value of the project, Seattle’s proposed First Hill Streetcar expansion has been put on ice by the Seattle Department of Transportation, according to recent reports. The new plan is apparently for the Seattle Department of Transportation to revisit the plan “with stakeholders sometime in 2017.” The reason for the decision […]

January 7th

New Baltimore Bike Share Has 40% Electric Bikes

Baltimore, Maryland, finally got its first bikeshare program about a month ago — Baltimore Bike Share. Ridership levels are already pretty good (~6,000 rides). That perhaps has something to do with the fact that around 40% of the bikeshare fleet is made up of electric bikes, rather than the whole fleet being “simply” pedal-powered bikes. That’s sure […]

January 7th

Buffalo Banishes Parking Minimums!

The city of Buffalo, New York, has completely eliminated parking minimums in its new zoning code, becoming the first large city in the US to do. To explain, some cities — such as Rochester, for instance — have selectively eliminated parking minimums (e.g., in downtown areas, etc.) in recent years, but Buffalo is the first in […]

January 5th

San Francisco’s Bay Area Bike Share Renamed Ford GoBike

San Francisco’s Bay Area Bike Share program will be renamed Ford GoBike in early 2017, as part of a new partnership between the operating firm Motivate and Ford Motor Company. The partnership will see Ford Motors provide funding that will allow for a large expansion of the program — from 700 to 7,000 service bikes, […]

October 30th

Bikesharing Riders Get In Far Fewer Crashes

A new study conducted by the Mineta Transportation Institute has found that bikeshare riders get in far fewer crashes and collisions than other cyclists. Somewhat amazingly, there is actually yet to be a single death in the US that occurred during the utilization of a bikeshare service here. Considering that cyclist deaths are not exactly uncommon […]

May 19th