Editor’s Note: The War on Cars Watch will be on vacation beginning next week and will return on January 15, 2020 with a new name, a new format, and a new attitude. Please be careful out there!
The War on Cars Watch is a weekly feature of the NMA blog. The War on Cars Watch focuses on road diets, traffic calming and programs such as Vision Zero and Complete Streets as well as studies, court cases, and other news that affect motorists.
Special commentary from NMA California Member Michael Jabbra is notated with an MJ: designation and all other comments are those of Shelia Dunn, NMA Communications Director and editor/curator of this blog.
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War on Cars Watch Story of the Week
- US Supreme Court urged to enter fight over ‘excessive’ Pa. Turnpike tolls (NMA mention) –A wait and see situation for OOIDA, the NMA, and all PA toll road users.
- Washington State: In response to public vote on I-976 (car tabs), the Sound Transit Board raised property taxes –Unbelievable that a regional transit board can raise property taxes without any sort of public vote!
National War on Cars Watch Stories
- How Media Coverage of Car Crashes Downplays the Role of Drivers (War on Cars Watch) –Car accidents are not always clear who is at fault at the time of the crash…Vision Zero folks would have you believe that every car accident involving a bicyclist or pedestrian is ALWAYS the fault of the driver—NOT true…many of these accidents occur at night when road users are jaywalking and/or not wearing reflective clothing.
MJ: Pedestrians aren’t obliged to wear reflective clothes. As far as I know, cyclists aren’t either, although at least in some jurisdictions they are obliged to have lights or reflectors. More importantly, pedestrians and cyclists are also obliged to wait for traffic signals and cross at marked crosswalks. The vehicle code isn’t only for drivers. And again, everyone – drivers, cyclists, pedestrians– needs to pay attention.
- Three Cities (in Massachusetts, Minnesota and Washington State) See a Way to ‘Curb’ Traffic –we already pay for the curb through taxes of all kinds…now we will be charged again for the privilege of using it?
MJ: The article mentioned “entitled” car owners. How come none of the other users, such as delivery services or rideshare, are considered “entitled?” We now know who Streetsblog and urban planners regard as enemies – it’s NMA members and everyone else who – heaven forbid – owns and drives a car!
- Feds to Cities: Paint the Town Red (at least bus lanes red) –what a waste of taxpayer dollars!
- Letter to Editor: The Cost and Unintended Consequences of Vision Zero –glad to see more folks looking into Vision Zero with a more critical eye!
- War on Cars Watch: Four Ways Traffic Engineers Thwart Public Will –traffic engineers are paid to keep us safe—not paid to be political hacks.
- What does your car know about you? We hacked a Chevy to find out.
- Old male driver fatalities increase by 25% compared to 17% for old female driver fatalities
- America should demand privacy protection — before it’s too late –Wake up, Folks before you lose all privacy for everything including inside your vehicle!
- Road and Track: A Cop Who Runs Cannonballs Explains Why Speed Alone Doesn’t Kill –He is absolutely right on this one!
MJ: This is a good article. Yes, accidents aren’t just caused by speed – inattention, distraction, intoxication, and failure to yield (yes, even by pedestrians and cyclists) are all factors in traffic collisions.
International War on Cars Watch Stories
- Why Car-Free Streets Will Soon Be the Norm (War on Cars Watch) –No they want…more wishful thinking for the anti-car crowd.
- Montreal, Canada: Coalition calls on Government to collect race-based data for police stops
- Busy road under London’s Barbican estate will become UK’s first 24-hour emission-free street
Regional and Local War on Cars Watch Stories
- The Cost of Vision Zero in Fremont, CA (Vision Zero Watch) –excellent analysis of the situation in Fremont…more folks need to undertake a more critical eye in their home towns!
- Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies charged with perjury after stopping cops for speeding, then citing them for no insurance
- City of Sacramento Adopts a Complete Streets Policy (Complete Streets Watch)
- San Francisco Road Diet Watch: Cyclist, Pedestrian Safety Projects Put on Fast Track
- San Francisco Road Diet Watch: New SoMa Quick-Build Plans Again Bungle Intersections
- San Francisco Road Diet Watch: 1 week in, Octavia Blvd. closure at Patricia’s Green meets with cautious optimism
- Pedestrian deaths hit all-time yearly high in San Jose (Vision Zero Watch) –another city wasting money on Vision Zero—a program that has a lofty goal but does not deliver and is expensive!
- Small metro Denver suburb approves plan for gates to block “cut-through” drivers during rush hour –this is never a good idea…not cost effective and promotes bad policy!
- Denver Road Diet Watch: Bus-only lanes are coming to 17th Street downtown in the next few weeks
- Denver Road Diet Watch: Transit Lane On 17th Street Could Cause Problems For Downtown Businesses (video report)
- City of Denver is updating its Street Design Manual and wants input (Complete Streets Watch)
- Several Florida Police Departments Utilizing Drone Technology
- Tampa Road Diet Watch: Plans unveiled for dedicated bus lanes from downtown to University of South Florida
- Chicago Road Diet Watch: Drexel Boulevard Bike Lanes To Remain Along The Median After Pushback From Neighbors, Cyclists
- To Dibs or Not To Dibs? The Essential Chicago Street Parking Question
- Missouri Attorney General Blasts City Over Taxation By Citation
- Driving while black in Missouri is perilous. Will these changes reduce racial profiling?
- Manhattan: CB7 Panel Passes ‘Parking’ Resolution, But ‘Consensus’ Must Be Had (War on Cars Watch)
- What’s Behind NYC’s Mounting Cyclist Death Toll? (Vision Zero Watch)
- War on Cars Watch: Men driving trucks and SUVs are a big safety hazard in NYC. A new ad campaign aims to shame them –public shaming never works—using gender politics is also bad policy!
MJ: Wow – because women never ever drive recklessly. The political correctness is out of control in New York City!
- Oregon War on Cars Watch: Proposed rule changes would let ODOT set safer speeds –shenanigans against the people!
- Oregon officers can no longer ask random questions during traffic stops. An attorney hopes more states will follow.
- PA Member Letter-to-the-Editor: A Ticket In Every Stocking–Stop SB607
- War on Cars Watch: Philadelphia can do more to fight traffic congestion | Opinion
- PA Traffic Calming Watch: Police issue citations for people swerving around speed humps in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Neighborhood
- Road Diet Watch: Beyond Broadway–Why San Antonio Needs a Network of Bike Lanes (Complete Streets Watch)
- Fighting Waze and Google, Fairfax County finds itself gridlocked over cut-throughs
- Alexandria Road Diet Watch: Tensions Flare on City Council as One Member Fights to Reverse Seminary Road Decision (Complete Streets Watch)
- Alexandria, VA council member calls for reversal of Seminary road diet
- Virginia Restricts Use Of Public Roads In Neighborhoods
- Seattle Mayor Durkan proposes major actions to achieve Vision Zero goals and increase traffic safety (Vision Zero Watch) –changing the speed limit law will only make more responsible drivers law breakers
MJ: Why not just declare a nationwide speed limit of 5 miles per hour and be done with?
- Seattle to drop city speed limits to 25 mph, double red-light cameras (Vision Zero Watch)
- Seattle Joins the Rush to Slow Down Traffic on City Streets
That’s this week’s War on Car Watch blog. If you find a story online about the War on Cars, please feel free to email the URL to me at email@example.com.
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Be Safe Out There,
NMA Communications Director
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