January 27, 2021

High cost of Charlottetown transportation corridor leads to timeline change

Phase 1 of the Charlottetown Perimeter Highway Active Transportation Corridor will be split into two years due to the tender bid being higher than anticipated, according to the chair of environment and sustainability for Charlottetown. 

Coun. Terry MacLeod describes the project as a way to reduce the carbon footprint and help connect the corridors and paths throughout the city — making cycling a much more favourable mode of transportation. 

“This will make cycling much more available to get around the city without having to run out of lane,” said MacLeod.

“This is definitely going to connect the dots so that people can really enjoy some of the other pathways … and we can connect these other small pathways to the major active transportation corridors so that people can get around.” 

It’s all part of the active transportation plan, he said.  

“The project came in over budget so we’re not spending

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Chicago man, 27, killed in car crash on I-57 in Posen as he attempted to change lanes

A 27-year-old man from Chicago died following a car crash early Monday on Interstate 57 in Posen, according to Illinois State Police.

The crash happened about 3:40 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-57 near 147th Street and involved a car and a semitractor-trailer, according to a news release from state police. The driver was the only occupant in each vehicle, officials said.

Both vehicles were traveling north in the middle lane of I-57 when the passenger car, a 2017 gray Chevrolet Malibu, began to switch lanes but clipped the rear of the semitractor-trailer, the news release said. The Malibu then hit the left wall barrier.

State police said the 27-year-old male driver of the Malibu was pronounced dead at the crash site. His name had not been released Monday morning.

The driver of the semitractor-trailer was a 46-year-old man from Georgia who was not injured, state police said.

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‘The captains will change but the ship stays sailing.’ Winnebago Bicycle changes ownership

OSHKOSH – An Oshkosh bicycle shop is changing hands this month, but the experience customers have grown familiar with will remain. 

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Ben Rennert opened Winnebago Bicycle at 502 N. Main St. seven years ago. He is selling the shop to employee Sean Lynch. Rennert said the decision came from the desire to spend more time with his family. 

It was a good time for Rennert to finish his tenure at the store in downtown Oshkosh, he said. He wanted the shop name to continue on, and he expressed confidence in handing it off to Lynch, who he said has been a great employee at Winnebago Bike for four and a half years. 

“I completely trust Sean,” Rennert said. “It worked out to be a great opportunity for him to try something new.” 

Lynch, a trained opera singer, decided to take on ownership of the store since the coronavirus

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Automotive, vehicle suppliers are adapting in the face of change, pandemic

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, companies in the automotive and vehicle supply chains were facing a world of change.

It will be a while before vehicles drive themselves or run entirely on batteries, but suppliers have had to adapt to new products and materials their customers require.

For the third quarter of 2020, the pandemic was the “biggest threat to the industry,” according to the most recent OESA Automotive Supplier Barometer Index from the Original Equipment Suppliers Association in Michigan.

Respondents’ 12-month outlook improved overall, but suppliers were mixed, with about 36% of respondents becoming more pessimistic over the previous three months, and 47% becoming more optimistic. That was a drastic improvement over the second quarter of the year, however, when the outlook hit its lowest level ever.

Looking back to the first quarter of the year, before the pandemic took hold in the U.S., the index included a

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German car industry counts cost of Covid and technological change

Under overcast skies, a scythe-wielding man dressed as the Grim Reaper led hundreds of masked protesters out of the gates of one of Germany’s oldest manufacturing sites in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg.

In what local unions termed “a declaration of war”, the Volkswagen-owned Man Group announced this month that it would cut 9,500 roles, more than a quarter of its workforce, and consider closing production sites across Germany and Austria.

After a summer in which the country’s car industry remained in suspended animation, the protesting staff at Man’s Nuremberg truck and bus factory are among tens of thousands of employees in the strategically-important sector whose jobs are in jeopardy.

Germany’s car industry supports more than 2m domestic jobs and directly accounts for more than 5 per cent of gross domestic product. It is concentrated in the states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Lower Saxony, whose economies are likely to suffer

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Biden Vs. Trump: How Biden Would Change the Automotive Market | News

Cars.com illustration by Paul Dolan

Attempting to predict how either presidential candidate might influence the automotive market is inherently difficult because there’s no telling how much support even the most sincere campaign pledge will receive from an eventual winner’s own party, much less the opposition. Then there’s the fact that the congressional balance of power itself is subject to change come election day. But this time around, the clear differences between President Trump and his challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, make potential outcomes (once the winner is known) easier to predict. Perhaps the area of greatest difference and the potential for swiftest change involves the two candidates’ environmental stances — and, particularly, electric cars.

Related: The Cars.com 2020 American-Made Index: Which Cars Are Most American?

To understand where changes are likely to occur — especially ones that could affect shoppers in the instance

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