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As a part of the Bike with the Blue program, Fresno police officers were reportedly in the neighborhood riding bicycles with the community. The officers formed a team with teens from the Fresno Unified School District.   Through this activity, the officers reportedly said they want to teach the teens good bicycle safety and good sportsmanship. “The real thing that we’re trying to reach out to is to find a goal, achieve it, and work…
Lockdowns throughout the country changed how people used transportation alternatives, but especially Uber and Lyft rides. One of the first services to be wiped out by the pandemic were their carpooling options, in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. But roughly 16 months later, Lyft is now reportedly planning on slowly bringing back a revamped shared rides option.     Lyft’s chief financial officer reportedly disclosed on a 2020 earnings call that shared rides made…
A woman who was riding an e-scooter in Downtown Long Beach around midnight was reportedly injured in a hit-and-run. The driver is still at large.   According to police, a group of people were riding electric scooters in the intersection of Pacific Avenue and 4th Street just after 12 a.m. when one of the riders was struck by a dark-color sedan. The Long Beach fire department transported the victim to a local hospital.   As…
As of late, the cost of an Uber or Lyft ride has significantly increased. Surge pricing and a driver shortage has made it more difficult than before for the consumer to request the ridehailing companies’ services. Because of this, much of the commentary on explaining this has been reportedly deemed a consequence of a “labor shortage,” largely motivated by a lack of proper financial incentives.   A ride-hail driver assistance app reportedly estimated that Uber…
A high rate of state patrol traffic stops in U.S. states is not correlated with decreased car crash rates, a new study reportedly found. This debunks one of the main justifications for excessive policing on the country’s roads.    Researchers at an association of Cleveland-area hospitals and universities analyzed data on more than 150 million traffic stops made by state patrol officers in 33 states from 2006 to 2016, comparing them to car-crash rates in…
Uber Technologies Inc. reportedly finally reached a preliminary agreement with a California regulator for sharing data on sexual assault and harassment claims on its platform, avoiding a $59 million fine.   Back in Dec., the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) fined Uber after it refused to share victims’ detailed information, including full names and contact information, arguing that doing so would violate their right to privacy. Under the current proposal outlined in a regulatory filing…
As transit agencies across the country emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, they are reportedly confronting an array of new challenges. Because after more than a year of constant adaptation to provide safe service, agencies must now adapt again — this time to conditions that differ markedly from both the pre-COVID era and the thick of the pandemic.   Travel patterns have shifted as a result of COVID, and service levels have yet to fully recover…
Awaiting Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature, $10 million for incentives to buy electric bicycles have been reportedly added to the state budget bill. It’s included in a planned investment of $425 million in the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, which is part of nearly $1 billion in investments in clean vehicles, including trucks and transit and school buses.    Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath reportedly told the California Bicycle Coalition that “making e-bikes more affordable is one of…
In a recent memo, the advocacy organizations Calbike, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and TransForm joined forces to oppose AB 371.The bill would force bikeshare and e-scooter providers to extend insurance coverage to their customers, which the organizations argue could have a chilling effect on micromobility.   Titling it “AB 371 continues the assault on affordable and sustainable bike share and scooter programs in California,” they state the bill, which is in the state…
The cases against the automaker Tesla involving its Autopilot are reportedly growing, and fueling concerns over the technology’s shortcomings — especifically those related to the many car crashes it has been involved in. According to the New York Times, the incidents and the resulting lawsuits also call into question the development of similar systems used by rival carmakers.    The latest incident that’s now the subject of a lawsuit against the company involves Benjamin Maldonado…