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, firstname.lastname@example.org or KUSM at https://www.keeptheusmoving.com/connect or KeeptheUSMoving@gmail.com.
Editor’s Note: After attending the Keep LA Moving Conference in October 2019, the NMA and the Keep the US Moving leadership decided we wanted to collaborate more closely. This blog is the first collaboration of others to come. We appreciate your support of keeping the US moving and please if you have comments about any of the stories, write them below.
Trending this Week
Editorials this Week
- Jalopnik Editorial: It’s Time To Let Go Of Commuter Culture (War on Cars Watch)
- ‘Car Accident’ or ‘Traffic Violence’? The Way We Talk About Crashes Is Evolving
- Urban Transit is an Energy Hog
- Oregon Opinion: Portland should end its war on cars
Road Diets, Traffic Calming, and Car-free Streets
Stories of the Week
Hashtag: #KeeptheUSMoving, #Keep(insert your town, city, state here)Moving, #NORoadDietsonArterialStreets, and #NOtoTrafficCalming.
- Vancouver, British Columbia: Construction begins on new 11-block-long Richards Street bike lane in downtown
- France: Mayor Anne Hidalgo is making Paris more friendly to cyclists – and more hostile to cars
- Ireland: New petrol and diesel cars to be banned by 2030 under proposed Climate Action Bill
- UK: City of York, population 150,000, plans to go car-free in city center by 2023 (War on Cars Watch)
- Bay Area: Adding a bus-only lane on the Bay Bridge: The idea seems simple. Except it’s not
- Long Beach City Council approves funds to improve bike lane and parking lots
- Los Angeles Metro’s plan to fix plummeting ridership–More buses and fewer stops on major streets
- Mountain View considers converting section of Castro Street into pedestrian plaza (War on Cars Watch)
- San Diego: SANDAG approves $90M to keep regional bike lane projects rolling
- Starting January 29, San Francisco’s Market Street will ban (most) cars downtown
District of Columbia
- Chicago Officials say traffic aides will enforce Chicago Ave. and Western Ave. bus lanes
- Chicago is getting more bus-only lanes. Could they alleviate rush hour congestion? (War on Cars Watch)
- Streetsblog Chicago Viewpoint: Let’s stop coddling drivers and prioritize building a citywide protected bike lane network
- Bike lanes coming to Pratt Ave. in Lincolnwood
New York City
- Queens councilmen introduces bill requiring borough-specific transit plans
- 14th St. busway ‘devil’s triangle’ is hell, residents say
- Busway is a bust for stores along 14th Street (War on Cars Watch)
- DOT Will Truly Protect Grand Street Protected Bike Lane
- City Safety Plan for Queens-Bound Cyclists: A Wrong-Way Detour
Hashtag: #CompleteStreetsWatch and #WaronCarsWatch
Hashtag: #VisionZeroWatch and #WaronCarsWatch
- Edmonton, Alberta: City wrongly assuming Vision Zero behind reduction in traffic deaths (Vision Zero Watch)
- Vision Zero! Norwegian Capital Oslo Completely Quashes Road Deaths (Vision Zero Watch)
- Opinion: Vision Zero reporting should focus on cars, not trucks (Vision Zero Watch)
- 2019 marks deadliest year on Denver roads in more than a decade (Vision Zero Watch)
- Minneapolis: Vision Zero enters building year (Vision Zero Watch)
- Editorial: Houston’s roads remained just as deadly in 2019, but this catastrophe is not inevitable (Vision Zero Watch)
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/.
We especially want to hear from you if you are fighting a road diet in your community. We are working on building a nationwide network in order to give best practices to those activists who need it.
Here are a few other 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