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Gov. Signs Controversial Ridesharing Bill
Sept. 17, 2014 – utsandiego.com

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a compromise bill that closes insurance gaps and calls for greater oversight of California’s burgeoning ridesharing industry. Full Story

‘3 Feet Please’ Law for Passing Bicyclists Rolls Out Across California
Sept. 16, 2014 – kpbs.org

California’s new bike-passing law took effect Tuesday. It’s designed to reduce car and bicycle crashes and make the roads safer. Between 2007 and 2012, 960 bicyclists were killed or injured in San Diego County. “The Three Feet For Safety Act requires drivers to give bicyclists in California at least three-feet clearance when passing in the same direction – similar to the requirements when overtaking and passing another vehicle on the roadway,” California Highway Patrol Chief Jim Abele said. Full Story


Why Bike Lovers Should Be Happy About “Bikelash”
Sept. 15, 2014 – citylab.com

“Bikelash” is a snappy little word that names a condition quite familiar to anyone who’s been following the politics of city streets in the United States over the past few years. It describes the resistance and hostility that the increasing presence of bikes on city streets sometimes produces in people who don’t ride bikes. Full Story

Want to Be Happier? Try Walking Even Part of the Way to Work
Sept. 14, 2014 – citylab.com

Our daily commutes to work can significantly influence our mental state. Taking public transportation may be more beneficial than driving, researchers find. But ultimately an active commute – especially walking or bicycling – is the most beneficial for our emotional well-being, according to an expansive new study on the topic. Full Story

Driving Too Near Bikes Could Bring Fines
Sept. 13, 2014–utsandiego 

San Diego County tallied 7 bike fatalities in 2008 and 11 in 2012. It saw a slight decrease in the number of bike accidents when comparing those two years: 959 in 2008 compared with 939 in 2012.
Perhaps the most significant impact of the new state law will come after a crash occurs, several bike advocates said. The law gives police a new tool when investigating who’s at fault in a crash involving a driver and bicyclist. Full Story

San Diego’s Bike Sharing Program Delayed Yet Again
Sept. 1, 2014 – kpbs.org

San Diego’s bike sharing program was supposed to start between January and March of this year. Then it was delayed to May, then delayed again to the end of the summer. Now it’s been delayed yet again. Bill Harris, a spokesman for the city, said bike stations will be installed this month, and the program will be up and running by the end of October. Full Story 

SANDAG Sells $350 Million in Bonds for Highway, Trolley Projects
Aug. 31, 2014 – timesofsandiego.com

Taking advantage of low interest rates in the municipal bond market, SANDAG sold $350 million in bonds at a 3.85 percent rate to finance key highway and public transportation projects in the San Diego region. Full Story

Slowing Down Streets With Art Under Your Feet
Aug. 29, 2014 – fastcoexist.com 

Changing how pedestrians and cars interact doesn’t always need new lights and street design. These communities have done it a more simple way. Full Story


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