Streetsblog California editor Melanie Curry has been thinking about transportation, and how to improve conditions for bicyclists, since her early days commuting by bike to UCLA long ago. She was Managing Editor at the East Bay Express, and edited Access Magazine for the University of California Transportation Center. She also earned her Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley.
CA approved cap-and-trade spending last week - unfortunately there's a lot for electric cars and not so much for transit.
GreenTRIP connect is an easy-to-use tool that allows anyone to quickly compare the effectiveness and cost of different strategies to reduce car trips, such as offering transit passes or car-share to residents, or separating out the cost of parking spots from rent. TransForm honored its early adopters.
A watered-down bill for better representation on the commission that makes major transportation decisions may still be too strong for Governor Brown's taste. And that's not good.
CTC staff have recommended 63 projects that had previously applied for ATP grants, but didn't get them, for funding. Also 21 already-awarded projects will get their money sooner--some as soon as this year.
A recent CARB study found that people traveling by car, bus, and bike are exposed, generally, to similar levels of pollution, while the clear winners—those who breathe in the least black carbon, fine particle matter, and ultrafine particulates—are people traveling by electric-powered light rail.
Despite the heat—at 4 p.m. the temperature was reaching 105 degrees—a hardy and enthusiastic group of state assembly reps and senators emerged from the air conditioned Capitol building ready to ride.