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, with commentary 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 July 4 – July 9, 2019
MJ: This will certainly help. It’s a great step forward. Civil asset forfeiture is nothing but theft under the color of law.
- More than half of Americans think Driver’s Ed is outdated, survey says
- Vision Zero Network, Road Safety Company Numetric Partner Up (Vision Zero Watch)
- Without parking, thousands of Americans who live in vehicles have nowhere to go
Mobility as a Service or MaaS (Nationally)
- Jalopnik: We Think Uber and Lyft’s New Surge Fares Screw Drivers and Riders. Help Us Prove It.
- California, Other States Take on E-Scooter Regulations
- Uber puts its bike- and scooter-sharing services front and center in the main app
- Call Uber and Lyft drivers what they are: employees
- Electric scooters have arrived in Europe — and a lot of people there hate them too
- Opinion: Australia, say goodbye to your driving freedom
- Toronto: Summer heat, hot tempers, construction and breaking the law can lead to road rage
- Racing champ Greg Murphy slams New Zealand’s road safety plan says driver training is the real key to reducing road toll
- UK Viewpoint: Cycling Ten common myths about bike lanes – and why they’re wrong (War on Cars Watch)
- UK: Driver convicted for ‘lying about speeding’
- Viewpoint: Why California Needs a Complete Streets Bill: Part 1 (War on Cars Watch)
- Viewpoint: Why California Needs a Complete Streets Bill: Part 2 (Complete Streets Watch)
- California: Complete Streets Bill Passes Assembly Transportation Committee (Complete Streets Watch)
MJ: Let’s give the devil her due: not everyone wants to drive, or is able to drive, or can afford to drive. There needs to be some accommodation for this. However, I, like other NMA members and other drivers, are tired of drivers always being treated as the villains. Once again, not everyone lives close to work, and not everyone goes around without cargo or kids or relatives in tow. For most people, cars are utterly necessary. Instead of bashing drivers, politicians should provide alternatives such as allowing more home-based businesses, or encouraging more telecommuting or providing mass transit that people feel safe in and that frequently goes to places that people want to go.
- California bill AB1112 taking aim at city bikeshare, scooter regulations stalls in Senate
- Sacramento County Says It’s Illegal to Work on Your Own Car in Your Own Garage
MJ: As the article notes, there’s some legitimate interest in keeping people from running “off-the-books” repair shops, or polluting with automotive chemicals. Still, this does look like a way to play “gotcha” for city bureaucrats who are on the lookout for pollution ways to raise revenue. The only way to handle this would be for code enforcement officers to be trained to consider the spirit of the law as well as the letter of the law. This probably doesn’t happen much.
- Los Angeles PD pioneered predicting crime with data. Many police don’t think it works
- Dramatic traffic changes coming to downtown Los Gatos as officials implement road diet
- San Diego: Speed Limits, Other Rules for Dockless Bikes and Scooters Now In Effect (video report)
- San Diego: As Ride Companies Face Stricter Rules, Personal Scooters Remain Unregulated
- In San Francisco, Lyft’s promise of better bike share hits a roadblock
District of Columbia
- Washington, D.C., Pilot Project Addresses Crowded Curbs
- D.C. may ban overnight rides on shared electric scooters
- D.C. to manage curbside deliveries at nine locations using digital platform
- Hawaii lawmakers, others urge passage of asset forfeiture bill
- Ambitious new program aims for no fatal accidents (Vision Zero Watch)
- Are e-scooters crossing boundaries set by the city of Chicago?
- Chicago Can’t Hold Impounded Vehicles After Drivers File for Bankruptcy, Court Says
- Indiana Is Still Arguing That It’s Constitutional To Seize Your Car for Driving 5 MPH Over the Speed …
MJ: Kudos to the U.S. Supreme Court for making the Indiana Solicitor General look like a fool. Indiana must be really desperate for cash to go through these legal gymnastics to keep civil asset forfeiture legal. If this leads to shootings or other uses of force by law enforcement, or more distrust of law enforcement or government by the citizenry, the politicians will simply blame law enforcement officers instead of looking in the mirror to find where the problem lies.
- Maryland: Black Federal Cop Sues White Federal Cop Over Traffic Stop
- Floating bus stops coming to northeast Baltimore (War on Cars Watch)
- NYC Op-Ed: Communities of Color Need Protected Lanes, Too! (Vision Zero Watch)
- Manhattan Community Board approves Central Park West bike lane that would kill 400 spaces
- Opinion: NYC DOT’s Forthcoming ‘Cycling Safety Plan’ Won’t Likely Break the Car Culture (Vision Zero Watch)
- Opinion: New York City is Really Awesome When the Rich People Leave and Take their Cars on Vacation (War on Cars Watch)
- NYPD Cracks Down On Drivers, Expert Says Real Problem Is Reckless Cyclists, Proposes License Plates For Bikes
MJ: The idea of license plates for bicycles sounds over the top, but it’s time that city governments showed as much zeal for going after scofflaw cyclists that they do for going after scofflaw drivers. Oh wait, I forgot – bicycles don’t have a carbon footprint, so it’s okay if they go through stop signs and red lights or, or ride against traffic, or ride on the sidewalk. When I ride a bicycle, I obey the vehicle code (which applies to cyclists here in California). It’s not hard.
- Cincinnati, Ohio launches ‘Vision Zero’ website for residents to provide feedback on pedestrian safety (Vision Zero Watch)
Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker
Trump helping to reduce civil forfeiture abuses is welcome, of course. But what we have to get to is the principle that civil forfeiture without a prior conviction of a related crime is governmental larceny where the officials involved should be prosecuted for larceny and jailed if convicted.
If Australia makes speed limiters mandatory on cars, their predatory for-profit speed camera rackets will go bankrupt. I wonder if that might change the official position to give up that loot?
Colorado was one of the first states to re-emphasize the Keep Right Except to Pass on freeways, AND that law does not refer to the posted limit. If the limit is 70 and a driver in the left lane at 75 is caught by one doing 80, they MUST move over.