Transportation

Ocean freight rates set to rise July 1

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Ocean freight rates from Asian ports to the West Coast are on the rise as shippers have reduced capacity and as the global economy posts stronger growth.   Members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) consortium — a group of 15 major shipping lines — have approved rates that take effect July 1.

Transportation officials hold webinar on ‘near miss’ bike incidents

NEW YORK CITY (BRAIN) — The  National Association of City Transportation Officials will hold a free webinar Monday on how close calls and aggressive drivers affect bike use. ” Fear of being hit and seriously injured by a car is a major deterrent for people considering whether to bike on city streets,” a NACTO press release said.

North American Bikeshare Association hires first executive director

BOSTON (BRAIN) — The North American Bikeshare Association has hired its first executive director, Samantha Herr. Herr is the former program manager for the City of Boston, where she spearheaded efforts to offer low-cost bikeshare memberships, making it one of the first major U.S. cities to focus on equity in bike share

Memphis bike share system planned for spring 2018 launch

New system will be the largest to use B-Cycle's Dash system. MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BRAIN) — A 600-bike bike share system is planned for Memphis, where Explore Bike Share, a local non-profit, has announced its contract agreement with B-Cycle.

Portland State Univ. asks brands, retailers to promote e-bike survey

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — With more than 1,000 responses already received, a university researcher is asking the industry to promote an online survey on how consumers use e-bikes. June 23 is the last day to take the survey

PeopleForBikes launches letter writing campaign to restore funding for bike projects

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes says President Trump’s 2018 proposed budget is not good for bicycling. The group said the budget proposes to cut overall funding for the Department of the Interior by 5.3 percent and the Department of Transportation by 16 percent. “If approved, this budget will cut funding for bike trails and paths in our National Parks and National Recreation Areas

PeopleForBikes hosts two executive fly-ins and Congressional Bike Fest in DC

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes and representatives from the bike industry spent two days here last week for two executive fly-ins and the first-ever PeopleForBikes Congressional Bike Fest. “The fly-ins and our first-ever Bike Fest are part of PeopleForBikes’ ongoing effort to elevate the bike industry’s voice on Capitol Hill,” said Jenn Dice, the vice president of the PeopleForBikes Business Network.

Roadies look to improve safety in Boulder

Cyclists 4 Community plans fundraiser dinner Friday.

Detroit’s bike share system, MoGo, to launch in late May

DETROIT (BRAIN) —  Detroit’s new public bike share system, set to launch in late May, will be named MoGo, Detroit Bike Share — inspired by the city’s heritage as the Motor City and the home of the Motown sound. “We are thrilled to introduce Detroit to MoGo,” said Lisa Nuszkowski, the share system’s executive director. “Today’s announcement continues the city’s mobility evolution, providing Detroiters and visitors alike with more accessible options to move around the city.” MoGo is an affiliate of the Downtown Detroit Partnership founded in collaboration with the city of Detroit, the Henry Ford Health System and the Health Alliance Plan

Federal budget deal includes funding for some bike-friendly programs

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — A budget deal reached by Congress this weekend includes funding for bike projects including the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER grant program, said Katy Hartnett, the director of government relations for PeopleForBikes. The deal, reached Sunday, would fund government operations through Sept