NACTO urges shift from ‘outdated’ speed-limit planning

One major reason that tourists don’t choose to travel by bicycle is that city streets are not safe.  Its lack of bike paths but also cars traveling at unsafe speeds…  Rick Coates

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  • The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) last week released a guide urging local leaders to rethink how they set speed limits on city streets in a bid to prevent pedestrian deaths.
  • The guide, entitled “City Limits,” says cities should consider setting default speed limits on many streets at once, designate slow zones in what they deem “sensitive areas” and set speed limits on major corridors by using studies that take into account density and activity level.
  • Those changes would represent a major shift from the traditional way of setting speed limits, which involves measuring 100 drivers traveling without traffic and setting the speed limit based on the 15th-fastest driver. That practice is known as the 85th percentile, which NACTO Program Manager Jenny O’Connell described in a statement as “an oversimplified and outdated method.”
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Bay Area air district helps guarantee $5M in loans for emission-free ferry

Perhaps this research will lead to emission free ferries on the San Francisco Bay, another plus for green travel.  San Francisco Ferries now connect to bike trails in Sausalito, Larkspur and Harbor Bay in Alameda.  Ferries also connect to rail transit in San Francisco and Larkspur….R.Coates

FAIRFIELD — A San Francisco company is building the first zero-emission e-ferry, which will serve as the flagship to its new fleet.

And Switch Maritime has received a little financial support from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which awarded the firm its first loan guarantee.

The 84-passenger e-ferry is under construction at the All American Marine shipyard in Bellingham, Washington, using private funding from Switch and a $3 million grant from the California Air Resources Board.

The project leverages technology from partners that include Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine, BAE Systems, and Hydrogenics.

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Marin County Bicycle Coalition

Our friends at the Marin County Bicycle Coalition are celebrating two new infrastructure projects that will close gaps in the North South Greenway. See the Following From them …   R.Coates

Author Bjorn Griepenburg

Over the course of the next year, several major bicycling improvements will be delivered throughout Marin County, making your rides safer and more convenient. By supporting MCBC, you helped make these happen–THANK YOU!

Here are some of the projects in the pipeline that we’re most excited about…

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Bicycles Are Pushing Aside Cars on Europe’s City Streets

Author Richard Weiss

Bikes are increasingly muscling aside cars on Europe’s city streets, as the coronavirus accelerates a shift toward pedal power.

Even before the pandemic, bicycles were enjoying an uptick in demand from environmentally conscious consumers, but the risk of contagion on buses and subways have increased the appeal. The emergence of e-bikes, which boost power with an electric motor, has removed some of the sweat factor, making biking a viable option for more consumers after lockdowns lifted.

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‘Green Tsunami’ Washes Over France’s City Halls

Municipal elections in France just yielded a string of victories for environmentalists, with several major cities swinging Green.

The unprecedented showing for Europe Écologie Les Verts, a once minor political party, means Green mayors will take charge in Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux and Strasbourg. The party also came out on top in mid-sized cities such as Tours, Besancon, Annecy and Poitiers, while retaining control of Grenoble.

Even Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo was re-elected with the Green Party’s endorsement, causing French media to upgrade their description of the “green wave” to a “green tsunami.”

It’s too soon to call it a permanent shift, though. The first round of voting in March came as the nation was shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The second round, on June 28, came just days after the lockdown was lifted. Perhaps as a result, national turnout was only 40%. Moreover, in several cities where the Greens now hold power—most notably Marseille—they are part of a coalition with more established parties.

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