Transportation news roundup Bike share in Austin, Safety recommendations for parades

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 by thudsondd
Here are your transportation headlines for Jan. 3, 2014. Want to submit a headline or have a question, comment, or concern? E-mail me. On this day in transportation history: 1870 - Construction begins on the Brooklyn Bridge, which was the largest suspension bridge in the world at its time of opening. Austin bike share program starts up downtown [KXAN]
Austin B-Cycle is a bike sharing service that's available 24 hours/7 days a week.The process is simple: renters can swipe their card, grab a bike and ride! There's no charge for the first 30 minutes of each check out if you're a member, but usage fees apply if the bike is out for longer than 30 minutes.
Mexico: Subway Dig Turns Up Unusual Aztec Offering [Mass Transit Mag]
Archaeologists announced Tuesday that excavations for a Mexico City subway extension have turned up what appears to be an unusual Aztec offering: a dog's skull with holes that indicate it was displayed on a ritual skull rack normally reserved for human sacrifice victims.
Parade Deaths Prompt Safety Recommendations for Localities [Governing]
As communities across the country hold holiday parades this time of year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling for localities to adopt more stringent safety measures. The agency issued several recommendations in a November report that found governments and sponsoring entities often lack adequate planning procedures and clear rules for parades.
A 137-Mile ‘Cycling Utopia’ Floating Above London’s Rail Lines [Wired]
The purely hypothetical but nevertheless amazing SkyCycle would stretch 137 miles in and around the city, accommodating as many as 12,000 riders per hour on a cycling superhighway 50 feet wide.
Commentary: Is Public Transit in L.A. a Humane Experience? [KCET]
No Metro ride will ever be as comfortable as even a 10-year-old KIA, but Metro could have spent just a little of the billions Metro collected from taxpayers since 1990 to make Carmen's ride (and mine) a little better.
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