What We’re Reading: Deliver By Bike, Flood Zones, and Phasing Out

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Delivery by bike: In some cities, cargo bikes could deliver parcels quicker and less carbon-intensively than traditional vans.

Oasis in a desert: Do water parks really belong in the desert?

Just add bollards: To make spaces safer for pedestrians, bollards can be a good solution.

Amtrak priorities: The bipartisan infrastructure legislation has a big focus on Amtrak. What changes does it hold for the railroad company ($)?

Active transportation and more: One silver lining in the bipartisan infrastructure legislation is active transportation funding. What are other surprises in the legislation?

Wrong direction: Transmission of Covid in King County has come back in a big way with high rates.

Disproportionate: The Seattle Times reports on disproportionate stops of Black and Native Americans by Seattle police ($).

Flood zones: The climate emergency is beginning to put subways around the world at risk of flooding ($). Meanwhile, over 80 million people live in flood zones around the globe.

Still highway expansion: Oregon’s governor has hashed out a plan to move the I-5 Rose Quarter highway expansion ahead.

Stuck in gear: A big plan to repair damage from highways has virtually been cut out of the bipartisan infrastructure legislation.

Saving salmon: What would Washingtonians need to give up to save salmon?

Plan for climate: Oregon’s transportation department is getting a new Climate Office director.

Rethink utility incentives: Sightline argues that there are ways that Washington and Oregon could act on climate by addressing utility incentives.

Phasing out: President Joe Biden moves to improve car fuel efficiency and phase out gas-powered cars.

BRT dollars: Seattle’s new rescue plan has money for the Madison bus rapid transit project.

Many factors: The Seattle Times looks at why building transit costs so much ($).

Face lift: Capitol Hill’s southern gas station on Broadway gets a face lift, but there’s no word on further development plans.

Concrete barrels: Portland is using concrete barrels at intersections on greenway streets.

New makeover: A modernist sculpture garden on the National Mall is getting a makeover.

End of an era: Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has conceded the race in his bid for reelection.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.