War on Cars Watch for August 7, 2019

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.

Please read this blog and let us know what you think by commenting below! Check out the NMA’s War on Cars Watch Facebook Page where we feature a story a day!

NMA Communications Director Shelia Dunn compiles the list and NMA California member Michael Jabbra comments throughout the list. See the MJ notations.

Feel free to comment on stories in the comment section after the blog post. Also, if you have read a news article that fits this category, please feel free to send us the URL at nma@motorists.org.

Headlines from August 1-6, 2019

National

MJ: Ending the war on drugs – that is, legalizing every drug, not just marijuana – would go a long way to restoring order in the Latin American countries. That in turn would ease pressure on the U.S. border.

MJ: Nothing is perfect. There is never going to be zero traffic deaths and zero vehicle collisions. The other problem is that there will always be a large difference between urban and rural needs. Broadly speaking, one of the reasons for the urban vs. rural divide in the United States is that most of the political power is concentrated in the cities, and decisions affecting the rural areas are made by people who, by and large, have never been out to those areas. Bill de Blasio might be more popular if he would let people make their own transportation decisions.

MJ: Maybe the startup does want to “tame the chaos.” It also wants to make money. This isn’t altruism.

International

National and International Mobility as a Service or MaaS

Arizona

California

MJ: Cyclists don’t emit any carbon, so all their sins are forgiven by urban planners and environmentalists.

Colorado

Connecticut

District of Columbia

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Louisiana

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

MJ: We need this here in California!! Of course, the traffic is so bad that it wouldn’t make much difference most of the time anyway.

Missouri

Nebraska

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Texas

Utah

MJ: This is good! Not everything can be done for home, but encouraging more working at home for government and private sector employees alike will alleviate traffic and reduce emissions – not to mention the reduction in stress that comes from less driving.

Vermont

Washington State

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