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.
Trending this Week
- US Breaks With World on Pledge to Cut Roadway Deaths (Vision Zero Watch) –Streetsblog USA
- Streetsblog Viewpoint: Vision Zero is Missing Something Big: Getting Cars Off the Road (Vision Zero Watch) –Streetsblog USA
- Streetsblog Viewpoint: Ten Simple Policies to Subtract Cars From Our Streets (War on Cars Watch) –Streetsblog USA
- Environmental Group Wants San Diego to Ban Gas-Powered-Car Purchases over $50,000 –Car and Driver
- How London got rid of private cars – and grew more congested than ever –The Guardian
Editorials this Week
- Uber and Lyft increase traffic and pollution. Why do cities let it happen? –Los Angeles Times
- Guest Commentary: Denver is waging a war on cars and drivers –Denver Post
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.
- CA Senate Transportation Vice-Chair Says Active Transportation Projects Increase Emissions (due to car idling in Road Dieted Streets) –Streetsblog CA
- Broadway Revitalization Plan Would Ban Cars In Historic Downtown Los Angeles Corridor (video report) –CBS Los Angeles
- Cyclists Call For Protected Bike Lane Along San Francisco’s Embarcadero –CBS San Francisco
- Transit Officials Weigh Options For Designated Bus Lanes On Bay Bridge (video report) –CBS San Francisco
- Florida DOT designing Pensacola’s Navy Boulevard improvements as ‘complete streets’ for cyclists, pedestrians (Complete Streets Watch) –Pensacola News Journal
- Chicago: Cuyler car-free plaza proposal not moving forward due to safety concerns from the fire department –Nadig Newspapers
- Chicago Has a New Way to Stop Drivers Who Misuse Bus and Bike Lanes–Traffic Aides –Streetsblog USA
- Oak Park’s Lake Street streetscape, resurfacing project due to begin this month (Traffic Calming) –Chicago Tribune
- West Dundee to pursue a range of ways to slow down traffic and end short cuts through residential areas (including traffic calming measures) –Chicago Tribune
New York City
- Ten Miles of Protected Bike Lanes Coming To Manhattan This Year –Streetsblog NYC
- Green Wave plan for Brooklyn and Manhattan bike lanes gets moving in 2020 (Vision Zero Watch) –AM NY
- Mayor Bill de Blasio Backtracks On Long-Stalled Queens Boulevard Bike Lane –Streetsblog NYC
- Mayor Bill De Blasio’s next bike lane will plague Sixth Avenue –NY Post
- DOT Debuts Plans for Protected Bike Lanes on Crescent and 31st Streets in Astoria –Streetsblog NYC
- Manhattan Panel to DOT–Use Curbside Space for More Than Just Parking –Streetsblog NYC
- Asheville’s $1.3M Charlotte St. ‘road diet’ work starts; narrowing meant to improve safety –Citizen-Times
- Milwaukee gets $23.3 million from WisDOT to completely reconstruct National Avenue (Complete Streets Watch) –On Milwaukee
Hashtag: #VisionZeroWatch and #WaronCarsWatch
- The incompatibility of Vision Zero and VMT growth (Vision Zero Watch) –State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI)
- Chicago saw a 20% drop in traffic deaths in 2019, but little decrease in ped fatalities –Streetsblog Chicago
New York City
- New NYPD Unit Will Crack Down on Drivers Who Fail to Yield — But Nearly Half of Those Tickets Are Still Tossed Out –City Limits
Austin traffic fatalities nearly triple in January –Smart Cities Dive
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 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 5 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