Welcome to the War on Cars Watch, a weekly blog to bring together all the stories that affect motorists with regards to street planning such as road diets, and traffic calming as well as programs such as Vision Zero and Complete Streets.
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NMA Communications Director Shelia Dunn compiles the list, and the italicized comments throughout the Watch comes from NMA Member Michael Jabbra (marked with an MJ). NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker gives us his considerable wisdom at the end of this week’s list.
Information from April 10-16, 2019
- Lyft & Uber Reject Transportation Safety Study, Researchers Support Congestion Pricing
- Scooters Are Proof Positive Government, Industry Can Collaborate (MaaS)
- Lyft pulls thousands of ebikes from three U.S. cities over safety issue
- Waymo’s Self-Driving Taxis Offer New Independence for the Blind
- Opinion: Big Brother wants to be your new car’s co-pilot
MJ: The author of this article doesn’t want China to spy on our cars. I don’t want our government (federal, state, or municipal) or our corporations to do so either. And yes, hacking a lot of American cars would be a fun way for China or other hostile nations to cause a lot trouble in the United States without firing a shot. Strange that the Silicon Valley crowd never seems to be concerned about this.
- Viewpoint: The Economic Value of Actually Following Through on a Bike Plan (War on Cars Watch)
- Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police
- How cities are rewarding people who ditch their car commutes (War on Cars Watch)
- Canadian Editorial: Should we put a price on congestion in Montreal?
- Canada: Town of Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia council digests proposed road diet
- German police say gold Porsche is too shiny to drive
- UK: London Doubles Tax On Motorists
MJ: Nobody, neither corporations nor governments, seem to take cybersecurity seriously. Of course, no one at the DMV will be fired or imprisoned or otherwise punished for this. The rest of us now have to watch out even more. Yay, DMV.
- Factions take shape as California advances nationally watched police shooting bill AB392
- California Senate Transportation Committee Passes Several Bills, Including SB152, a change of how Active Transportation Program funding is allocated
- The Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s Ride Tracking Pilot is Out of Control
- Los Angeles women sue Uber, saying it failed to warn them of sexual assaults by fake Uber drivers
- Police Commission questions another Los Angeles PD data-driven program over potential racial bias
- CA Bill SB526 Connecting Transportation Funding to Climate Change Drops a Stick (War on Cars Watch)
- Los Angeles: City Recommends Keeping Rowena Road Diet, Adding Rush Hour Turn Restrictions (War on Cars Watch)
- San Francisco finds controlled scooter pilot a success
- Denver traffic deaths are rising despite changes in how police talk about and enforce traffic rules (Vision Zero Watch)
- Faster bus service: CTA says bus/bike lanes could be a solution in Chicago
- Chicago Is Now the First U.S. City to Publish Detailed Ride-Hailing Data
- Louisville, KY Police chief: ‘We don’t have an aggressive traffic stop policy.’ Black leaders aren’t buying it
- Proposed bill SB91 would legalize low-speed electric scooters in Louisiana
- Protected New Orleans bike lanes, racks, more: A look at possibilities for bike safety plan
- Is the end of the NYC cabbie in sight?
- NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson to Mayor: Do More to Break the Car Culture (War on Cars Watch)
- Bronx, NY: Morris Park road diet rage re-ignites/Rally: safety facts don’t support DOT analysis (Vision Zero Watch)
- Traffic Fatalities are Way Up in NYC — Is Vision Zero Becoming Unfocused? (Vision Zero Watch)
- Queens, NY: Petition to ban bike lane on Queens Blvd. (War on Cars Watch)
MJ: Are they sure 2,000 signs are enough? Why not 4,000 or 10,000? Never miss a chance to nag drivers about their speed!
- Portland, Oregon’s Infrastructure Has Fallen Behind its Reputation as a Bike Town. Here’s How the City Is Attempting to Change That.
- Oregon Senate committee passes ‘Idaho Stop’ bill SB 998 allowing bicycle riders to yield at stop signs
- Texas Body Camera Footage Study: Most Police Interactions End in Conversations
- Stop! Texas Legislature put an end to costly, unnecessary vehicle inspections
- Washington State Senate Leader worries Spokane road diet will making biking to the U-District bridge more dangerous
Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker
The issues of shared scooters, bikes, electric-assist bikes, etc. have gotten very messy with a number of negatives that were not taken into account when they arrived.
If you really don’t want your travels to be tracked and entered into a database that can be hacked and/or sold, you have to sharply limit the ways you can be tracked. That means not having your cell phone on most of the time, not synching your phone to your car’s electronic systems, not allowing manufacturer systems like GM’s OnStar to be operative, paying tolls in cash wherever possible, not using systems like EXPass when there are other choices, etc. It is hard to achieve total anonymity, but you can limit the exposures to being in the databases.
RE: the Midland, MI road diet article: Road diets that increase accident rates can in no way be considered safety programs.
Portland lowered the limit on many streets from 25 to 20 and are likely to get the same results as in Boston – an actual change in travel speeds of 0.0 mph.