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  • A rushing cyclist mows down a woman in Central Park in September, killing her, the second bicycle-pedestrian death there in two months. A citywide conversation ensues, rich with ranting, about the bicycle menace. n truth, practically everyone in motion around this city has a right to feel put upon. Bikes menace pedestrians, cars menace bikes and pedestrians, trucks and buses menace everybody. Cyclists, aggrieved, say they’re only trying to survive in a treacherous world of potholes, flinging car doors and oblivious buses. White “ghost bikes,” chained around the city at accident sites, promote a mournful sense of two-wheeled vulnerability. There are no ghost shoes for the pedestrians who have died in far greater numbers.

    New York Times
  • After years of shying away from science, engineering and clean-technology start-ups, investors are beginning to take an interest in them again, raising hopes among entrepreneurs in those areas that a long slump is finally over. But these start-ups face intense pressure to prove that their science can turn a profit more quickly than hot tech companies like Snapchat and Uber.

    New York Times
  • By last month, state transportation officials in Missouri said they had seen enough. Federal highway officials had long insisted that guardrails throughout the state were safe. But some guardrail heads had apparently malfunctioned, in essence turning the rails into spears when cars hit them and injuring people instead of cushioning the blow, Missouri officials said.

    New York Times
  • Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled an all-wheel-drive version of the electric Model S sedan Thursday dubbed the "D," an option geared for potential customers who live in snowy climates...Musk also unveiled a host of new safety and autopilot features for the Model S that put Tesla closer toward autonomous driving.

    Contra Costa Times
  • The average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. hit a record high last year, rising 0.5 miles per gallon over 2012, federal officials announced on Wednesday. The Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday that model year 2013 vehicles averaged 24.1 mpg, nearly 5 mpg higher than 2004 levels.

    The Hill
  • ...Today, L.A. has just over 90 miles of operating rail lines—both subway and light rail—and another 42 miles of BRT lines. The majority of these lines (below) appeared on the first rail map nearly forty years ago. 

    CityLab
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    There’s been plenty of debate about cyclists speeding through New York’s Central Park lately, after two people on bikes hit and killed pedestrians there over a two-month period. It’s a contentious topic, although everyone agrees that there’s a general need for mutual respect and more clarity about the way people on bikes and people on foot interact.

    CityLab
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    Uber, the smartphone-based hail-a-ride service, often claims it is cheaper than a ride in a taxi. It looks as if some Uber customers do not agree. The company received an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau on Thursday, the lowest possible rating given by the organization. The grade is based on, among other criteria, more than 90 Uber customer complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau over the last three years, most of them centering on Uber’s so-called surge pricing.

    New York Times
  • A new study offers fresh insights into how talking on a cell phone or to a passenger while driving affects one's performance behind the wheel. The study used a driving simulator and videophone to assess how a driver's conversation partner influences safety on the road.

    Science Daily
  • AC Transit is adding early morning weekend bus service on Saturday and Sunday mornings for night owls leaving San Francisco after BART stops running. The new services will begin in December from 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. from Mission and 24th Streets in San Francisco and go to the Pittsburg-Bay Point BART station with stops at other BART stations along the way.

    Contra Costa Times