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College Grads Would Stay in Wisconsin if Transit Alternatives Available

A survey conducted by the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG) found that 60 percent of college students said they would be at least "somewhat more likely" to stay in Wisconsin after graduation if they could live in a place where they coul… more »
News, Wisconsin –  Jul. 9, 2014



El Paso Streetcar Revitalization Underway

The city of El Paso has received $97 million from the Texas Transportation Commission for a revitalized streetcar service that will connect downtown El Paso with the University of Texas at El Paso campus. "Heritage" streetcars that ran from 1949 to 1974… more »
News, Texas –  Jul. 9, 2014



Minneapolis Bike Sharing off to Great Start

The Nice Ride bike-sharing system in Minneapolis has more than 1,500 bikes and an operating budget of $1 million, 65 percent of which comes from user revenues and the remainder of which comes from sponsorships and grants. The organization has 11 year-ro… more »
News, Minnesota –  Jul. 9, 2014



Detroit's Urban Farms Creating New Markets for Equipment, Supplies

An article in The Detroit News spotlighted the secondary business opportunities created by the city’s estimated 1,400 urban farms and gardens. Increased sales of farming equipment, seed, and fertilizer are adding to the bottom lines of local companies… more »
News, Michigan –  Jul. 9, 2014



Crowdfunding Approach for Public Space Projects

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has announced an innovative crowdfunding approach to help drive public space projects in Michigan communities. Residents can contribute to the development of transformational projects in their communi… more »
Michigan –  Jul. 9, 2014



Bike Sharing Comes to Louisville

The city of Louisville plans to spend $1.6 million to set up a bikeshare program with 20 to 40 stations in and around downtown, with a total of 200 to 400 bikes. The intent is to have a bike station in nearly every major block. Local biking devotee Jack… more »
News, Kentucky –  Jul. 9, 2014



Alley Conversion Brings new Public Space to Ithaca

Developers have created a new public space in downtown Ithaca, New York, by tearing down dilapidated sheds and opening six tiny retail shops in a small alley, according to an article in The Ithaca Journal. In nice weather, the shops can open up to the p… more »
News, New York –  Jul. 9, 2014



Safety in Bike Numbers in Boulder

A University of Colorado Denver study examining collisions between bicycles and motorists found that bicyclist safety significantly increases when there are more bikes on the road. The "safety in numbers" effect has previously been seen in studies of bi… more »
News, Colorado –  Jul. 9, 2014



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