War on Cars Watch for July 24, 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, 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.

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

Information from July 17 – July 23, 2019

National

MJ: Yes, this is true. People keep so much on their computers, smartphones (which are computers that can make phone calls), iPads, etc., that searching these amounts to searching through a person’s “papers and effects”, as the Fourth Amendment puts it. Technology is always ahead of the law, and it is time for the law to catch up in this manner.

Mobility as a Service or MaaS National Focus

International

MJ: Great stuff. The freeze-resistant concrete would be a wonderful idea here. It’s a shame that we don’t take road maintenance as seriously as the Germans do.

Alabama

California

MJ: Again and again: People don’t like losing lanes, and not everyone is going to bike everywhere. Drivers everywhere look forward to the end of this road diet fad. When will municipal officials realize that drivers are their constituents too? Maybe being screamed at, or sued, as happened to Councilman Mike Bonin of Los Angeles.

MJ: Yup. Big Brother wants to know your whereabouts all the time and to make money from you all the time. Will all the money go to roads? Maybe a pittance; the rest to pensions and benefits and other schemes.

 Colorado

Connecticut

Florida

MJ: The simple possession of large amounts of cash should not be considered a crime, or evidence of a crime. It’s time to end civil asset forfeiture!

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Indiana

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

New York

MJ: I wasn’t aware that car owners were a “minority”, as one character quoted in this article says.

North Carolina

Ohio

Oregon/Washington State

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Texas

Virginia

Washington State

Wisconsin

Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker

I’ve had a running discussion with some folks on Streetsblog.com about pedestrian demand buttons. They have their place where vehicle traffic is high and pedestrian traffic is low.

Several groups in Brussels, Belgium are objecting to unrealistic 30 kph (19 mph) proposed speed limits for many main roads. Unrealistic limits simply do not work.

Some people in Denver are pushing back on bike lanes that rob vehicle lanes.

Pedestrian and cyclists advocates often complain there is not enough enforcement of (artificially low) speed limits. “Adequate law enforcement” to actually cause lower speeds by most vehicles on all the collector and arterial roads is almost never done because enough officers are not available and using enough cameras that almost no one speeds costs a fortune because the cameras will then not issue enough tickets to even pay their own high costs.

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