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Moving Forward

Moving Forward Biden policies may help us get around By Walt Seifert March 2021 The federal government’s approach to transportation will be far different under President Biden than under former President Trump. How much of that new approach is...

Bike Lift

Bikes are stars for recreation and travel to places not too far away. They can do more—such as help you take stuff with you or bring purchases home. With a little planning and minor investment, you can transform a butter knife bike into a Swiss Army knife multitasker.

You can make it easy to tote essentials for work or the gym, and pick up groceries and other goods from nearby stores and markets. These errands can be as fast as driving and more convenient. Opting for your bike will improve your health and let you joyfully experience your neighborhood with all senses engaged.

Scooter Logic

After a hiatus due to COVID-19, rideshare electric scooters are back on Sacramento streets. They are a relatively new transportation option, around in the U.S. since 2017. Just about everyone who rides a scooter knows how much fun it is.

Unfortunately, there’s growing evidence that e-scooters also pose danger. As shared e-scooters have proliferated in cities, scooter trips and injuries have surged. Injuries nearly doubled between 2018 and 2019.

Grid Unlocked

The pandemic has dramatically affected how we get around. While movement has rebounded from lockdown lows in March and April, people still travel less, decreasing road congestion from pre-coronavirus peaks.

Public transit has seen the steepest declines. On New York City subways and Bay Area Rapid Transit, passenger loads plummeted 90 percent. Sacramento Regional Transit lost 75 percent of its riders. Ridership has recovered a bit, but levels are still far below norms. The revenue loss created an existential crisis for transit. Even in the best of times, transit finances are perilous. It will take time, and maybe a vaccine, for people to feel comfortable enough to flock back to buses and trains.

Traffic Stop

Traffic stops are the way most people encounter police. About 25 million such contacts occurred in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Should those interactions always include an officer with a gun?

One consequence of current traffic law enforcement is that Americans, including a disproportionate number of Black citizens, have wound up dead after being stopped. The instigation is often minor: a broken taillight, an improper lane change.

Caged Drivers

Activists for walking and bicycling sometimes refer to drivers as “cagers” since automobilists are encased by a ton or more of metal and cut off from their environment.
In the age of COVID-19, instead of being a cage, a car seems more like a protective steel bubble in a world that’s turned hostile. When they aren’t staying home, people take advantage of that protection when they venture out, even taking pleasure rides when cabin fever becomes too much.

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