Transportation headlines, Tuesday, May 14: another look at young Americans driving less and bike sharing booms

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

ART OF TRANSIT: Metro buses on Broadwayal, taken with the iPhone’s Hipstamatic app. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro.

Young Americans lead trend toward less driving (New York Times)

The NYT looks at the Americans-are-driving less story through the prism of Charlotte, where light rail has proven popular and some people are definitely taking advantage of walkable, bikeable, transitable neighborhoods — and the mayor was recently appointed to be U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

Is it a trend that will last, asks the NYT. Some experts say probably not and that it’s inevitable that the milleniels will move to the ‘burbs and drive more once they have kids and/or better paying jobs. Fair point, I suppose, but I would have added this point: it may not be babies that drive people to the suburbs but rather a combination of babies + escalating real estate prices in popular walkable/bikeable/transitable urban areas.

A user’s guide to the L.A. mayoral race: 5 key differences between Garcetti and Greuel (LA Weekly)

Reporter Gene Maddeus writes a very well-informed piece that I think deftly and fairly looks at both candidates (I covered the L.A. City Council between 2005 and 2007). A section on development is the closest the article comes to looking at issues involving transportation.

Dozens of U.S. cities board the bike-sharing bandwagon (Earth Policy Institute)

A good look at the booming popularity of bike sharing programs in the U.S., which offer short-term bike rentals to urban dwellers. A big test of the concept will come this year as more big cities put their programs online. Check out this nifty chart:

The bike share criticism challenge (Brooklyn Spoke) 

New York City has been installing its bike sharing stations and suddenly complaints have soared whereas there was almost none when bike sharing was just a concept. See this New York Times story. The Brooklyn Spoke blog, however, offers a great visual rebuttal to most of the complaints, vividly showing that automobiles should be generating the same kind of complaints.