Jessica Schoner just received an honorable mention from APA’s Transportation Planning Division for her paper (which was a class term paper (technically 2 term papers), not a thesis or dissertation!): Shifting Gears: A cross-regional analysis of bicycle facility networks and ridership. A Reviewer said: “Of all the years doing this contest this is by far the best on bicycling I’ve seen.” If you care about network structure, or about travel behavior, or about bicycles, read it.
Two related points, the first from Pedestrian Observations in Surreptitious Underfunding Not all “transit” funding is really for transit and the second from Getting Around Minneapolis in Do Bloomington, don’t mind the Pedestrian Barriers Not all “pedestrian” funding is really for pedestrians.
Two related points from San Francisco, where land is scarce: Wired: Scoot Bringing Zipcar-like Electric Scooters to San Francisco and NY Times: Program Aims to Make the Streets of San Francisco Easier to Park On [It is easier to park because it is more expensive, so fewer people do so for as long, instead they rent electric scooters, which won’t require a full standard parking space. Are the parking meters equipped to handle electric scooters? ]
Finally, Aaron Renn in Newgeography.com points out The Sorry State of American Transport