Black pedestrians, bicyclists and micromobility users are subjected to a far wider array of dangerous laws than many sustainable transportation advocates may realize, a new report finds — and repealing them alone is not enough to guarantee them the freedom of mobility they need and deserve.
"I think he's terrific," says Lisa Daglian, the head of a riders' advocacy organization in New York City. "Nothing happens overnight, but he's got the experience, and the fact that he works closely with people and wants to do things in a way that is collaborative is going to bode well for the MBTA."
A popular proposal for a federal e-bike credit is back in front of Congress — and this time, supporters have hard proof of concept that it will be the emissions-slashing, congestion-cutting, mode-shifting tool that Americans deserve.
"It’s concerning that Harvard, an institution that has historically been opaque in their plans to develop in Allston, has control over the major infrastructure that impacts thousand of residents here, without having a clear and transparent process to share what those conversations are," said Galen Mook, a member of the Allston Multimodal Project's public task force.
“The Law requires that MBTA Communities ‘shall have’ a compliant zoning district and does not provide any mechanism by which a town or city may opt out of this requirement,” according to the Attorney General.
Communities that were red-lined in the 1930s are still experiencing more than twice the rate of pedestrian deaths today than more privileged neighborhoods — and we can't achieve Vision Zero until we reckon with racist and classist policies that contribute to the disparity, a groundbreaking new study argues.
On March 7, the state office in charge of overseeing safety on the T's subways demanded “a daily report” of track problems that require immediate repair, plus details on any repair work that the T had done to address those defects. Two days later, MBTA officials imposed a global 25 mph speed limit on subways after they found they could not comply with that order.