Portland Wants to Make Bike Share Work for Disabled Riders

​Portland has one of the largest “smart” bike shares in the U.S., and soon it might also have one of the most diverse, adding hand-powered cycles, easy-balancing trikes, and tandems to its 1,000-strong fleet. The Portland Bureau of Transportation is developing an adaptive-bike pilot project to supplement its Biketown program, which rents Nike-sponsored bikes with GPS and solar-powered LCD displays. The idea is to serve more riders with disabilities who have been vocal in lobbying the city for bikes they... Read more

Providence Is Using Bikes to Build a Future on a Freeway’s Footprint

​ Providence, Rhode Island is about to learn what happens when you move a freeway out. The 2013 relocation of Interstate 195 near downtown is just starting to pay off. The move reclaimed 16 city blocks for homes, parks and businesses just outside downtown and rejoined the downtown with the city’s historic jewelry district. Read more... Read more

Building Jobs While Building Bikeshare

​Perhaps the grandest vision of bike share is one in which the system acts not only as a transportation service, but also as an essential community resource. That’s exactly what First Sergeant Jim Duffney, CEO and Founder of Corps Logistics, is hoping to achieve through his contract with Baltimore Bike Share. Duffney uses his company to employ veterans who’ve struggle with homelessness, addiction, and poverty. Together they operate and service the city’s bike share system. Read more... Read more

Companies Are Offering Capital Bikeshare as a Perk to Lure Millennials

​Some employers in the Washington region are getting creative in recruiting millennials, offering them Capital Bikeshare memberships as part of their benefits packages. More than 160 employers in the District are corporate members of the region’s bike system, giving their workers free or subsidized access to the network of 3,700 bikes. Employers and city transportation officials say adding Bikeshare as a flexible commuting benefit is becoming a hot perk as the bike-riding population continues to grow. Some see it as... Read more

Nashville Is Ready to Embrace Transit

​Nashville seems poised to do something about its car dependence. Regional planners have put together a $6 billion transit expansion plan that calls for four light rail lines, three bus rapid transit routes, a commuter rail connection, and more. Meanwhile, a bill backed by the governor has been advancing in the statehouse to allow both a statewide gas tax increase and local transit referendums. It looks like a referendum in Nashville would fare well. Read more... Read more

Growing Wisconsin City to State DOT: We Don’t Want Your Highway

​There’s millions of dollars of funding set aside in Wisconsin’s budget for a highway that would pass through La Crosse, a riverfront city in the western part of the state. But many people in La Crosse don’t want that highway to be built. ​The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) set aside $80 million for a major road project in 1998, but officials are pushing for improvements to walking, biking and public transportation options, as well as asking the state to... Read more

The Last Mile: Connecting Workers to Places of Employment

​This report provides citizens, policymakers and business leaders with information about potential strategies for improving transportation connections for the regional workforce to places of employment throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The authors hope policymakers and community leaders will use the report’s findings to inform discussions during policy debates, budget deliberations, and civic gatherings regarding public transportation services and strategies in the Milwaukee region and elsewhere. Read report... Read more

Transit Innovations Needed to Connect Milwaukee Area Workers to Jobs

​The distance between the end of fixed-route bus service and the doors of large employers in the Milwaukee area is a major barrier to filling job vacancies. Known as the “last mile,” this disconnect between workplaces and the reach of public transportation for people without cars is as much of a problem in the city as it is in suburban communities. A new study by the Public Policy Forum recommends several options for eliminating the gap. Read more... Read more
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