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Residents of Nacogdoches County, Texas, looked at maps showing the proposed Interstate 69 corridor during a meeting this week. Daily Sentinel/Associated PressResidents of Nacogdoches County, Texas, looked at maps showing the proposed Interstate 69 corridor during a meeting this week. Daily Sentinel/Associated Press

By SIOBHAN HUGHES Updated July 31, 2014 9:42 p.m. ET Source: WSJ WASHINGTON—Hours before the government was set to cut payments to states, the Senate on Thursday evening cleared legislation to fund highway and mass-transit projects through May, agreeing to [...]

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Source: U.S. Department of Transportation As the two graphs below indicate, both the Highway Account and the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust Fund are nearing insolvency. With the Highway Account expected to become insolvent by the end of [...]

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ZACK SLINGSBY | JULY 14, 2014 Source: Heritage Action for America Highway Trust Fund: Questions and Answers Background: In 1956, the federal highway program was created to build a coast-to-coast 42,000-mile network of interstate highways to connect all major cities in [...]

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Running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on August 28, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images) | Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery via Getty ImagesRunning back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on August 28, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images) | Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery via Getty Images

By Jessica Dickerson Posted: 09/20/2014 9:26 am EDT Updated: 09/20/2014 11:59 am EDT Source: Huffington Post The recent accusations of child abuse against NFL player Adrian Peterson, and his subsequent suspension from the Minnesota Vikings, have touched off a heated conversation about corporal [...]

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New Trier High School seniors Jessica Shapiro (left) and Maddie Koeplin work on their shadow bike placed outside New Trier. The shadow bike was installed in memory of the 612 bicyclists who were killed in 2013. | Steve Schering/Sun-Times MediaNew Trier High School seniors Jessica Shapiro (left) and Maddie Koeplin work on their shadow bike placed outside New Trier. The shadow bike was installed in memory of the 612 bicyclists who were killed in 2013. | Steve Schering/Sun-Times Media

Steve Schering sschering@pioneerlocal.com | @SteveSchering April 16 4:58 p.m. Source: Wilmette Life A summer bike trip involving New Trier High School senior Maddie Koeplin provided all the motivation she needed for her recent school project. Last summer the Wilmette resident [...]

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Slow Roll Chicago stops for a community picture for their September meetup.Slow Roll Chicago stops for a community picture for their September meetup.

ADRIENNE SAMUELS GIBBS on October 17, 2014 Source: Chicago Sun-Times At their first ride, which was in October, Slow Roll Chicago pulled in some 50 riders to saunter through several South Side neighborhoods including Chatham and Kenwood. For their second ride, which [...]

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CAITLIN GIDDINGS Study reveals the factor that most affects motorist passing behavior—and it’s not what you might think What a difference a white stripe of paint can make. Bike lanes—even those of the simple, line-added-as-an-afterthought variety—can give cyclists a sense [...]

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SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 4 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Leanna Creel as Tori Scott, Dennis Haskins as Mr. Richard Belding, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers, Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)SAVED BY THE BELL -- Season 4 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessie Spano, Leanna Creel as Tori Scott, Dennis Haskins as Mr. Richard Belding, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Dustin Diamond as Screech Powers, Lark Voorhies as Lisa Turtle, Mario Lopez as A.C. Slater (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Post by Dear White People. What’s one of the easiest ways to detect a racially homogenous writers’ room? According to filmmaker Justin Simien, a quick analysis of the token minority character should do the trick. In a HuffPost Live interview [...]

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By ANAND GIRIDHARADAS SEPT. 18, 2014 Source: NYTimes ‘The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace,’ by Jeff Hobbs There are places in America where life is so cheap and fate so brutal that, if they belonged to another country, [...]

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Source: WikiPedia For other uses, see Velomobile. Velocar was the name given to velomobiles made in the 1930s and 40s by Mochet et Cie of Puteaux, France and colloquially to the company’s recumbent bicycles. Charles Mochet was the inventive maker of lightweight powered cyclecars (Le P’tit Auto) and [...]

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Background Reading FHWA and PBIC Announce Free Webinar on Pedestrian Safety and Road Diets (BeezodogsPlace) Transformative Road Diet Images (BeezodogsPlace) Once Again, Hilkevitch Spins His Wheels When Writing About Biking (BeezodogsPlace) MBA: Road Diet (BeezodogsPlace) Bike Lanes Don’t Cause Traffic Jams If You’re Smart [...]

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Two of Evans’ suspensions resulted from excessive-force complaints.WBEZ/Chip Mitchell Two of Evans’ suspensions resulted from excessive-force complaints.

By: Chip Mitchell September 18, 2014 Source: WBEZ As prosecutors unveil grand-jury charges, WBEZ learns more about Glenn Evans’ 28 years in the Chicago Police Department. Cook County prosecutors on Thursday are planning to unveil an indictment of a Chicago [...]

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By Tay Xing Wei 18 Sep 2014 Source: DesignTaxi Singapore-based designer Sunny Chuah has launched a new project for a DIY bamboo bicycle kit. Called ‘Bamboobee’, each kit comes with materials such as hand-crafted bamboo pieces, a recyclable frame and reinforced metal wire. Chuah promises [...]

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Duke Police Cpl. Walter Crevoiserat drives the Tactical ELF, the newest addition to the campus police department's fleet. Photo by April DudashDuke Police Cpl. Walter Crevoiserat drives the Tactical ELF, the newest addition to the campus police department's fleet. Photo by April Dudash

October 17, 2014 | By April Dudash Source: Duke University Police department is first in the country to use solar-powered electric “ELF” vehicle Durham, NC – The ELF, a solar and pedal hybrid vehicle, has joined the Duke University Police Department’s [...]

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Posted on October 17, 2014 by Tom Fucoloro Source: Seattle Bike Blog I have been out of town since Seattle’s bike share system launched, so to deal with my intense Pronto jealousy I had to check out some Divvy bikes while in [...]