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CA: TRADE IN CAR FOR E-BIKE OR BIKE SHARE VOUCHER
-> Electrek reported California's "Clean Cars 4 All" program has already helped many people trade in old, polluting gas cars for subsidies to buy electric cars or hybrid cars. A new bill recently signed into law now includes vouchers for electric bicycles and bike-sharing programs in the program. (SB-400 Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Emissions: Mobility Options: http://bit.ly/2At6lg6) http://bit.ly/2AsoFGb

[See The National & International Scene for details about France subsidizing e-bike purchases.]

CA LAW TO MAKE INTERSECTIONS SAFER FOR BICYCLISTS
-> CalBike reported the governor signed a bill earlier this month that will make it safer for bicycle riding in CA at busy intersections. (AB-1266 Traffic Control Devices: Bicycles: http://bit.ly/2Qj5OIg) The bill requires Caltrans to develop a street marking or design that allows cyclists to go straight from a right or left turn lane and to safely cross outside of the high-traffic lanes. Currently, cyclists approaching an intersection may thread the needle between the right-hand turn lane and the adjacent go-straight lane. However, legally, like cars, cyclists should proceed through an intersection in a go-straight lane and are prohibited from going through an intersection from the right-turn lane. Cyclists traveling in a bicycle lane that disappears, converting into a right-turn lane before an intersection, must merge left into the go-straight lane, proceed through the intersection, and then, if the bicycle lane resumes after the intersection, merge right back into the bicycle lane. This bill will fix that problem. http://bit.ly/2QgC1A6

DENVER, CO HIRES NINE POLICE OFFICERS TO ENFORCE TRAFFIC LAWS
-> Streetsblog reported that the City of Denver, CO, hired nine new police officers to help cut the city's road deaths, which are increasing dramatically despite the city's 2016 Vision Zero commitment to end all such fatalities by 2030. The department will focus enforcement efforts on areas with the most fatalities and serious injuries. The new officers will use data, maps, time of day, and day of week to target their education and enforcement of safety violations. http://bit.ly/2AqRjr9

BOULDER, CO BANS E-SCOOTERS TO STUDY OPTIONS
-> CityLab reported the famously bike-friendly Boulder, CO, has some of the best cycling infrastructure in North America. But electric scooters still aren't welcome to use it. The city council passed an emergency ordinance (http://bit.ly/2AsMcqE) that banned the issuance of commercial scooter permits within city limits. Over the next several months, the city will host a series of public forums to determine how, and if, commercial scooter-sharing should be allowed. A slew of scooter companies have all expressed interest in entering Boulder. As one of the bike-friendliest cities in North America, it and its immediately surrounding area have more than 300 miles of bikeway, including 96 miles of bike lanes, 84 miles of multi-use paths, and 50 miles of designated bike routes. Within the city itself, on-street bike lanes, contra-flow bike lanes, designated bike routes, paved shoulders, multi-use paths, and soft-surface paths all make up one of the most comprehensive urban bike networks in the US. http://bit.ly/2QvIOWT

INDIANAPOLIS, IN EXPANDS TRANSIT
-> Smart Growth America reported more than a decade ago, local business and civic leaders in Indianapolis, IN, realized that for the city to remain competitive it needed to be better at moving people. After an exhaustive planning process, changes to state law, and a successful local referendum where local voters raised their income taxes to invest in transit, the first major new piece of Indianapolis's transit system opened on September 1. It's the first of three planned BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) lines. http://bit.ly/2QfTw3i

WALK BIKE NASHVILLE OFFERS FREE CYCLING CLASSES
-> Walk Bike Nashville offers a series of free and open-to-the-public classes and rides. 1) City Cycling Rides are designed to provide the knowledge and skills to become more confident in cycling around Nashville's streets. Each four- to five-mile group ride is led by certified instructors and stops at designated locations to discuss key points. Skills covered include: helmet fit, ABC Quick Check, where to ride in the road, scanning and signaling, right and left turns, lane positioning, and how to find a safe route. 2) Adult Learn to Ride is a course for adults who are ready to learn to ride a bicycle. They cover how to get onto the bike, balance, braking and stopping, pedaling, and turning. 3) Family Ice Cream Ride teaches parents and children about safe family riding. WBN covers training for children who have just started to cycle around the neighborhood on their own, or soon will. They discuss minimum safety levels and then bike 20 minutes to Pied Piper Ice Creamery and back. The route has been specially selected for safety and learning opportunities. http://bit.ly/2Aw9740