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  • ... Prescribe-a-Bike, as it's being called, will allow doctors at Boston Medical Center to write low-income patients prescriptions for a one-year membership to Hubway, the city's bike-sharing system, for just $5. That’s $80 less than the usual charge for an annual subscription to the service. In order to qualify, you have to be a Boston resident over 16-years-old receiving some sort of public assistance or who has a household income no more than four times the poverty level. A free helmet is part of the deal.

    Atlantic Cities
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    ...The reason local agencies seem to need so many fare increases is that they do a poor job keeping the price of taking a ride near the cost of providing it. Just how poor a job comes through in a new data-filled report from the U.S. Department of Transportation on the state of American transport.

    Atlantic Cities
  • ...SFpark, the city’s variable-rate parking program, is perhaps the most complete implementation of (Professor Donald) Shoup’s ideas to date...According to a study published last month in Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, the program has worked. San Francisco’s occupancy goals have been met, and “cruising” for parking — driving around and clogging up streets after you’ve already reached your destination — is down by 50 percent.

    Next City
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     BART will be debuting its next generation of cars at a series of public viewings starting April 16 in Justin Herman Plaza. The new cars, made by Bombardier Transportation Corporation, are set to roll out with a host of new features, including digital information screens, noise-reducing doors and new padded seats, which BART promises are easier to clean than that dingy upholstery currently collecting germs on BART cars.

    SF Chronicle
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     The first prototype was installed in Trondheim, Norway, in 1993. Since then, it's become a popular tourist attraction that's powered more than 200,000 cyclists up a 130-meter hill, with no accidents recorded...According to Ben Jose, spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency, the adoption and success of CycloCable will be on the city's radar. Jose says San Francisco's prioritized facilities that help cyclists navigate the hillier parts of the city.

    Atlantic Cities
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    ...While the hell vision results in gridlock everywhere, this heaven vision takes all those personal cars — now parked 95 percent of the time — off the streets and out of garages. We can repurpose those lanes to trees, bike lanes, sidewalks, play spaces, bike parking, café expansion, community gardens, or even swimming pools. It's not too early to consider this alternative universe.

    Atlantic Cities
  • ...Another example of Skydeck technology at work is an innovative mass-transit bus tracking system developed by a professor and his graduate students in the College of Engineering. Via Analytics’ first paying customer was an international one — the Spanish city of San Sebastian — with follow-on deals in Hong Kong and Los Angeles. “We’re grateful to Skydeck for giving us a roof over our heads, but even better is the lack of walls inside,” says company CEO Dylan Saloner. “Interacting with the other teams here, and feeding off their energy, is just as important to us as the office space.”

    UC Berkeley News Center
  • A new state law requires Bay Area companies with 50 or more employees to offer commuter benefits to workers, a perk that some companies have provided on their own for years. The law, which may be the first of its kind in the nation, compels both private industry and public employers, with the threat of penalties, to help ease traffic and reduce greenhouse gases.

    Santa Rosa Press Democrat
  • ...A plan to speed up work on reducing global warming gases from the region's businesses, industries and residents was adopted Wednesday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board. Under one of the 10 measures, the district will review its industrial and business pollution rules to decide if changes are needed to cut down on carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases.

    Contra Costa Times
  • ...According to a recent report from Caltrans, 42,000 of the 50,000 miles of California highways, or 84 percent, are in good operating condition. That's a jump from 75 percent three years ago and means 4,500 more miles of smooth roads than in 2011...But state and local traffic officials caution that the news is mixed. A $3.9 billion infusion of cash over the past several years for paving is almost used up, and streets in many cities like San Jose and Oakland are in deplorable condition.

    Mercury News