By Shelia Dunn, NMA Communications Director
This blog is a collaboration between the National Motorists Association and the Keep the US Moving (KUSM) group written and curated by NMA Communications Director Shelia Dunn (with some guest authors as indicated). The KUSM weekly blog focuses on road diets, traffic calming and programs such as Vision Zero and Complete Streets.
The NMA and the KUSM believe that it is important to include stories that oppose our viewpoint. We try to indicate those as needed.
We love to hear from you about the Keep the US Moving Blog. Please feel free to comment below the post and find additional resources to fight road diets below. If you are concerned about any of these issues in your local area, please contact the NMA, email@example.com or connect with KUSM at KeepTheUSMoving@gmail.com and find additional information on their website at https://www.keeptheusmoving.com/.
This blog is a collaboration between Keep the US Moving and the National Motorists Association as stated above. If you are searching for information on how to combat a road diet or traffic calming in your neck of the woods, you have come to the right place. Here are some great resources from the KUSM website.
Educate yourself about Road Diets and Traffic Calming
If you community has or is considering installing a road diet or traffic calming, you’ve likely been told it will make the street safer, prettier and that local business will thrive. Don’t believe it! What you won’t hear are the stories and studies that show the detrimental effects of traffic calming measures on main streets and other arterial roads:
- Higher rates of accidents
- Delayed or blocked access for emergency response vehicles
- Blocked egress during mass evacuations
- Decimated Business Districts—Job Losses and Business Closures
(The rest of the list below we are still working and hope to have additional information soon)
- Gridlocked boulevards, streets, roads. Traffic will likely divert onto residential streets. Increase pollution to the stop and go traffic that occurs
- American with Disabilities violations
- Fire code violations
Here is a great list to use to get yourself started: 10 Reasons to Fight against Road Diets in your Community
Educate yourself and then get started fighting against road diets and traffic calming anyway you can. The KUSM and NMA can help. Contact us today!
KUSM needs several research volunteers
The Keep the US Moving group is looking for volunteers to help with several projects. We need people to commit several hours a week to help with research. If you have the time and commitment, please contact Shelia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trending this Week
Denver, Colorado Road Diet Alert—Motorists are concerned!
- On Virginia Avenue, some Denverites want to throw a speed bump under a planned bike lane
- Editorial: Add those 125 miles of bike lanes to Denver with care
Editorials this Week
Road Diets, Traffic Calming, and Car-free Streets
Stories of the Week Hashtag: #KeeptheUSMoving, #Keep(insert your town, city, state here)Moving, #NORoadDietsonArterialStreets, and #NOTrafficCalming.
- Los Angeles Metro Board to Consider Moving Ahead with Bus System Revamp
- San Mateo ‘Road diet’ work will starve business along North San Mateo Drive
District of Columbia/Virginia
- Detroit: Streetscaping on McNichols and four other roads to begin this spring
- Perry Road going on a diet in the city of Grand Blanc
- Alexandria’s Eisenhower Roadway Improvements Face $2 Million Budget Gap
- Alexandria Unenthusiastically Approves Lackluster Eisenhower Project Because It’s Too Expensive to Cancel
Vision Zero Hashtag: #VisionZeroWatch and #WaronCarsWatch
- Alameda trying to improve traffic safety: Residents can comment on online interactive map
- San Diego officials struggle to reduce traffic-related fatalities as part of nationwide Vision Zero campaign (Vision Zero Watch)
- Streetsblog Viewpoint: Reflecting on Traffic Fatalities in San Francisco (Vision Zero Watch)
- A Bad Year for Traffic Deaths in San Jose, But the City Has a Plan for 2020 (Vision Zero Watch)
- Orlando, the nation’s deadliest city for pedestrians, has a plan for safer streets (Vision Zero Watch)
- Hawaii considers ways to combat traffic-related deaths (includes Red-Light and Speed Cams) (Vision Zero Watch)
- Maryland Vision Zero Watch: Montgomery County leaders plan road safety town hall (February 9th) after recent pedestrian deaths
Check out the NMA Facebook Page called the War on Cars Watch! If you are interested in joining the closed group, follow the directions on the page. If you would like to know more about the National Motorists Association, check out our website at motorists.org. Also, if you would like to contact the NMA with a question or a link to an article about this topic or have a video of a road diet in your neck of the woods, feel free to contact us via email at email@example.com.
Keep the US Moving is a grassroots organization dedicated to publicizing the detrimental effects of arterials road diets. We connect people who want to share experiences and information in order to help their communities craft truly safer roads. KUSM has a very active and closed Facebook group. Connect with them at KeepTheUSMoving@gmail.com and find additional information on their website at https://www.keeptheusmoving.com/.
Check out the video presentations from the October 5th Keep LA Moving Conference:
Here are a few NMA Blog Posts that might interest you:
Road Diets and Traffic Calming
- All Traffic is Local: A Look at Force-Fed Road Diets
- The Problem with Road Diets
- 10 Reasons to Fight against Road Diets in your Community
Vision Zero and Complete Streets
- Vision Zero Invasion of the Car Itself
- Do Vision Zero Programs Equal More Traffic Accidents?: NMA E-Newsletter #559
- Level of Service: Measuring Traffic Congestion
- Transportation Engineers Debate Vision Zero, Part 1: NMA E-Newsletter #563
- Transportation Engineers Debate Vision Zero, Part 2: NMA E-Newsletter #564
- An Appropriate Balance for Whom?: NMA E-Newsletter #552