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A new study reportedly found that low-income and BIPOC workers are more dependent on bikeshare to get around during the pandemic than their wealthy, white counterparts. And yet, the location of docking stations doesn’t always prioritize their travel needs.   Conducted by the Maryland Transportation Institute, researchers studied the pre- and post-pandemic ridership trends in Chicago’s popular Divvy system in hopes it might serve as an object lesson for communities across America that are rethinking…
One of the immediate, visible changes that the COVID-19 pandemic caused in cities throughout the world was the sudden disappearance of both human and vehicular traffic as people began sheltering in place. Though one year later, restrictions have been less tight, the decrease in traffic congestion astonishingly continued even after quarantine.   In Los Angeles, traffic fell 54% in Apr. 2020, but went back to 80% normal by Oct. At the time the Los Angeles…
It’s no secret that due to the coronavirus pandemic, food delivery companies like Postmates, DoorDash, and Uber Eats grew immensely in popularity and revenue. The way in which app-based services usually work is by having contracts with individual eateries or restaurants to deliver their food, but this isn’t always the case.   As KPBS reported this month, some restaurant owners don’t even know food delivery companies list their businesses. Jeff Rossman, owner of a San…
As the industry has continued to benefit from rapid adoption of food delivery throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Doordash’s revenue in the fourth quarter reportedly more than tripled from a year ago. This cements the platform’s market share gains ahead of rivals GrubHub and Uber Eats.     According to data cited by Second Measure, sales for meal delivery services grew 138% year-over-year, collectively, in Dec. 2020. By that time, 35% of U.S. consumers had already…
In a bid to yield declining ridership, Metro chief executive officer Phil Washington announced an initiative that aimed to eliminate fares across the agency’s bus and rail system last year. Now, a new staff report given to the Board’s Executive Management Committee reportedly offers a look at the proposed pilot program that could be the first step towards reaching that goal.   According to the staff presentation, the fareless system initiative could save Metro passengers…
Drivers for ridesharing apps like Uber are reportedly saying that working conditions remain poor after voters passed California’s Proposition 22, essentially exempting the companies from labor laws. Together with the delivery apps couriers, the workers are claiming that not only have poor working conditions persisted, but pay has decreased despite prices for the consumer going up.   Many drivers and labor groups originally opposed Prop 22, claiming it would allow companies to sidestep their obligations…
Drivers for ridesharing apps like Uber are reportedly saying that working conditions remain poor after voters passed California’s Proposition 22, essentially exempting the companies from labor laws. Together with the delivery apps couriers, the workers are claiming that not only have poor working conditions persisted, but pay has decreased despite prices for the consumer going up.   Many drivers and labor groups originally opposed Prop 22, claiming it would allow companies to sidestep their obligations…
The new L.A. River bridge connecting Frogtown and Glassell Park is reportedly slated to make its debut in June after two years of construction. SPF:architects announced that work on the orange-colored, 400-foot-long Taylor Yard bridge project is now 75% complete.    Founder and design principal Zoltan Pali of SPF:architects said via a press release: “Bridges are special; they are so utilitarian by purpose but offer so much magic to the imagination. They are impossible to…
The new L.A. River bridge connecting Frogtown and Glassell Park is reportedly slated to make its debut in June after two years of construction. SPF:architects announced that work on the orange-colored, 400-foot-long Taylor Yard bridge project is now 75% complete.    Founder and design principal Zoltan Pali of SPF:architects said via a press release: “Bridges are special; they are so utilitarian by purpose but offer so much magic to the imagination. They are impossible to…
Two separate bills introduced to Congress this session could reportedly grant bike and e-bike commuters a tax break. The Bicycle Commuter Act (first introduced in 2019), and the Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment (E-BIKE) Act (brought to the floor last week) encourage the use of bikes and e-bikes as a mode of zero-carbon transportation.   Introduced by Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the E-BIKE Act, the bill would amend the…