News Roundup: June 04, 2013

Matt Yglesias, in response to the WSJ editorial above, asks "Why would a city like Washington (or New York), most of whose residents don't commute to work in a car on a daily basis, want to allocate its space" in a way that rewards the most space-inefficient mode with the most public land?

New York's Bike Share Is Brilliant, And Every Complaint About It Is Bogus (Business Insider)
Alex Davies addresses every concern from the WSJ's Citi Bike editorial, and then some. Topics include the supposed lack of public involvement in bike-share planning, the amount of danger bicyclists actually pose to drivers and pedestrians, and the impact of Citibank's sponsorship of the program.

How Better Traffic Models Can Lead to More Mixed-Use Development (Streetsblog)
Angie Schmitt interviews Reid Ewing, a transportation engineering professor at the University of Utah, on his improved metrics for measuring the impact of mixed-use development on local traffic. He notes that the current standard of measurement ignores the reduction in driving trips (up to 50%) associated with mixed-use development, and how this leads to onerous impact fees and offsite mitigation improvements that can turn a profitable investment into a nonstarter.

German researchers create a lithium-ion battery that retains 85% of its capacity after 10,000 charges (Treehugger)
Michael Graham Richard reports on the development of an extremely durable battery that could be used in electric vehicles: Being able to retain 85% of its capacity for 10,000 charges "means that an electric car with those batteries could be fully charged every day for about 27.4 years and still be going strong."

And finally, some humor. In honor of the Wall Street Journal editorial freakout over the "totalitarian" introduction of Citi Bike in New York City, Instagram user sbma44 "snapped some photos on [his] way from Penn Station" and compiled them for your enjoyment. Check it out here. (I'd just put the image here but don't want to take the time to ask his permission and don't want to violate any personal copyright-whatever.)