How to Make Online Comments to Anti-Car Stories: Keep the US Moving Blog for February 26, 2020

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.  

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How to Make Online Comments to Anti-Car Stories

Many times anti-car stories are stoked by emotion more so than data. Best to take the high road when commenting on any anti-car story online.

The Streetsblog gang in California wrote a blog story attacking the comments of a pro-motorist Vice-Chair of a Senate Transportation committee in their usual fashion. While much was covered, one of NMA’s long-time advocates picked up and commented on the blog writer’s claim that saying road diets cause congestion is “misinformed nonsense.” Quite the contrary.

Steve C’s comments did elicit responses from the writer in addition to the usual commenters. He purposely chose to keep his comments narrow and to the original point rather than taking the bait to open up other aspects of the discussion. It seems to be the only way to draw out a more honest discussion, and it has more value when it is with the writer of the piece instead of another commenter. Read the article and/or the comments and see for yourself. It goes to show you don’t have to argue everything discussed in an article. Pick a particularly weak point, give it some context, and stick to your point in any follow-ups.

Remember: Don’t go into an emotional shout out with the anti-car crowd. Otherwise, you will continue the testy dialogue for many days and who has that kind of time.

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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 nma@motorists.org.

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 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/.

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