Peter Depacio (D-Oregon), US
Peter Depacio (D-Oregon), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Photo: Bicycle Portland

  • Oregon Rep. Peter Depacio, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will not run for re-election next year. On the House of Representatives after the 2022 elections. (Politico)
  • The federal DOT’s RAISE program, which funded mostly rural roads under President Trump, refers to electric programs, bicycles and sidewalks in the Biden administration. (City Lab)
  • President Biden was in Minnesota on Tuesday and sold the two-party infrastructure package. (CNN)
  • The Biden administration task force is tasked with identifying marginalized communities and helping them apply for infrastructure funds. (Road Fifty)
  • Electric vehicles over time will not be enough to stop climate change. Cities should be less dependent on cars in general. (Fast company)
  • The move to EV will also be costly, with Volkswagen alone spending $ 34 billion to build new battery plants and purchase raw materials. (Reuters)
  • A magnetic sidewalk can one day solve the EV range problem by charging cars while driving. (New York Times)
  • Cities are often hostile to parents with strollers, but funding for active transportation in the Build Back Better Act may change that. (The New Republic)
  • The Federal Highway Administration told Texas it could continue planning work on I-45 through Houston after the project is suspended to investigate whether it violates civil rights laws. (Houston Public Media)
  • Far from achieving its zero vision goal, Portland had 62 fatal accidents this year, with 26 involving pedestrians, approaching a peak of 30 set nearly 50 years ago. (KATU)
  • The Infrastructure Bill will increase Miami-Dade’s formula funding for the transition by at least 24%, with the possibility of other grants as well. (Miami today)
  • Baltimore has only 10 miles of bike paths separated by 2,000 miles of roads. (Fish bowl)
  • Pittsburgh is considering banning parking on bike lanes. (City paper)
  • North Carolina has inexplicably cut Charlotte’s state transportation funding by $ 7 million. (observer)
  • Sixty-six years ago on Wednesday, Rosa Parks ignited the civil rights movement by refusing to give up her seat on the white man bus, which inspired the Montgomery bus boycott and led to the end of segregation on public transportation. (history)

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