A new study published in the Journal of Preventative Medicine found that good bike and pedestrian infrastructure leads to a notable increase in exercise. Researchers studied exercise habits of residents in Vancouver before and after the construction of a 1.2 mile protected bike and walking lane. Story here.
Citi Bike is expanding its fleet of electric pedal-assist bikes in New York City. The number of e-bikes will grow from 200 to 4,000 but will cost an additional $2 per ride; however, e-bikes (like regular Citi Bikes) will be discounted for NYCHA and SNAP residents, costing $0.50 per ride for those riders. Story here.
The CDC is launching its first investigation into e-scooter injuries. “Preliminary observations from the study found that the vast majority of injuries—98% of them—happen to riders who aren’t wearing helmets. Nearly half of all riders involved in accidents had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, while 52% tested positive for an illicit substance.” This may kick-start a meaningful conversation on necessary regulations for e-bikes and e-scooters. Hopefully these regulations will help better ensure safety without prohibiting or greatly limiting their use. Story here.
Several cities are enacting legislation to ban cash-free businesses. Cash-free businesses disproportionately affect low-income families, minorities, and immigrants. These groups often don’t have or struggle to get bank accounts and credit lines. Without a bank account or credit card, many people (disproportionately low-income and people of color) would be prevented from purchasing goods in these stores. Story here.
In 2017, Boston’s regional planning agency hired an artist-in-residence to weigh in on planning work in the city. The results have been so successful that they just recently hired a second artist-in-residence. Other cities looking to bring more arts, culture, and creativity to their city should take note of the way Boston has integrated artists into their city planning work. Story here.