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.
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Information from July 17 – July 23, 2019
- Trump Rule to Ease Auto Mileage, Emissions Standards Delayed
- US Senators Reintroduce Cybersecurity Legislation for Cars and Planes
- Warrantless device searches at the border will threaten privacy in the US heartland
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.
- Is Parallel Parking Outdated?
- Reverse parking is un-American
- Imagine a world without stoplights; Are roundabouts safer than intersections?
- Viewpoint: The Pedestrian Beg Button–Cars don’t have to press a button to cross the street, so why should pedestrians? (War on Cars Watch)
- Traffic safety agency NHTSA says its critics are wrong about its lack of toughness
- Women Are Dying in Car Accidents Because The Only Female Crash Test Dummy Weighs 110 Lbs.
- A Costly Data Breach: Equifax to Pay Nearly $700M in Hacking Settlement
- Editorial: Let’s pay every American to reduce emissions
- Was the Automotive Era a Terrible Mistake? Written by a Non-Driver (War on Cars Watch)
Mobility as a Service or MaaS National Focus
- Mobility Remains Highly Emotional Issue
- Making Cities Safe for E-Commerce
- What The Open Mobility Foundation Says About Cities, Software And Standards
- Why Electric Scooters Companies Are Getting Serious About Safety
- Op-Ed: Are scooters a transit solution or a Trojan horse for big tech to colonize our public spaces?
- Populus’ new mobility tool shows where riders use bikes, scooters
- The robots are coming for your bike lanes
- Viewpoint: Cities Across the Nation Are Making Commutes Harder With Increased Scooter Regulations
- Viewpoint: Are Uber and Lyft the Future of Transit? Not So Fast
- Toyota’s Doing Mobility Stuff – Some a Little Creepy, Rest Kind of Fun
- NEVS and AutoX team up to build Europe’s first robotaxi fleet
- Brussels to lower speed limits beginning in 2021 to 30 KM or 19 MPH
- British Columbia on right road with tougher ride-hailing driver rules, says expert
- Canadian Editorial: Toronto Vision 2.0 — right on some traffic issues, wrong on others (Vision Zero Watch)
- 10 Things About The German Autobahn That You Didn’t Know
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.
- UK Department for Transport to review roads for policing and traffic enforcement
- UK: Young drivers will be banned from the roads at night and have the number of passengers they can carry limited under new motoring safety plans
- Editorial: Stop Caltrans and Alameda County from Creating Another Pedestrian Hellscape (War on Cars Watch)
- Road diet disaster? Protestors rally against Broadway Corridor project in Long Beach, CA
- Changes coming to Long Beach, CA Broadway Road Diet in response to community concerns
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.
- Los Angeles police ticketed drivers on streets with expired speed limits, lawsuit says
- Los Angeles Area: Eagle Rock split on Colorado Boulevard express bus lanes from Pasadena to North Hollywood
- Cops Won’t Issue Tickets to People Sleeping in Cars on Los Angeles Streets Anymore
- How To Deal With Parking In Los Angeles Without Turning Into A Ball Of Rage
- Rancho Mirage, CA unveils goals for moving cyclists, pedestrians safely on its streets
- San Diego: City Expands Protected Bike Lane Network Just In Time For Comic-Con
- Big Brother wants to track your car’s whereabouts in the San Diego area
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.
- San Francisco transit officials vote to close block in Hayes Valley to car traffic, adding bike lane
- San Francisco makes e-scooters permanent
- San Francisco: Tax on Uber, Lyft rides heading to voters
- Proposed San Francisco ‘safe’ parking lot upsets some residents, pleases others
- San Francisco rental bike shortage ends despite lawsuits, acrimony
- San Francisco: Pedestrian advocates call for ‘state of emergency’ after two deaths in past week
- Colorado Rockies ban scooter riding near Coors Field during games amid heavier traffic, face-first crash
- Denver: Some long-time Detroit Street residents upset about proposed bike lane (War on Cars Watch)
- Denver surveying downtown bike lanes to make sure it’s a ‘return on investment’
- Here’s Why Denver is Counting Bike Traffic (Because Fox 31 Got It Wrong) War on Cars Watch
- In Florida (and everywhere else), be careful when driving with large amounts of cash in your vehicle
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!
- Viewpoint: A more urban Atlanta calls for shift to two-way streets and e-scooters
- In wake of second e-scooter death, Atlanta leaders promise a push for safer streets (Vision Zero Watch)
- City council president: ‘Atlanta has more e-scooters than are permitted’
- Opinion: Governor’s Veto Means Hawaiians Will Continue Suffering Property Rights Violations
- Editorial: Governor Ige’s Veto Of Civil Asset Forfeiture Bill Makes No Sense
- Kane County, Illinois is looking at starting a bike-share program
- Hate Getting Parking Tickets in Chicago? Here’s How You Can Start Change-Making Conversations about the City’s Ticketing System.
- NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson says New York City has ‘too many parking spaces’ (War on Cars Watch)
- Staten Island Opinion: Anti-car Corey Johnson won’t get my vote for NYC mayor
- NYC Op-Ed: To Save the East River Coastline, First Get Rid of Cars on the FDR Drive (War on Cars Watch)
- Uber, Lyft Ridership Pace Declines in NYC After Fares Rise
- Attacking Manhattan street congestion: Why we are putting a cap on cruising by Uber cars and their competitors
- Why Do NYC Drivers And Pedestrians Loathe Cyclists? (War on Cars Watch)
- NYC: Inadequate traffic enforcement is undermining Vision Zero (Vision Zero Watch)
- Citi Bikes are coming to the Bronx and expanding in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens by end of 2023
- New York City: Cyclists Demand More Bike Lanes, Less Community Boards and Even Some Roads of their Own (War on Cars Watch)
MJ: I wasn’t aware that car owners were a “minority”, as one character quoted in this article says.
- Ohio Department of Transportation seeking your input for its first ever bike, pedestrian safety plan
- Cincinnati Transit advocates have a plan for better bus funding, but how will they convince county voters?
- Pittsburgh’s black population accounts for majority of arrests, report says
- NMA PA Advocate Letter-to-the-Editor: Stop local police RADAR legislation
- Spin e-scooters and Transit app team up for Austin commuters
- Austin Transportation Department lays out plans for speed management (Vision Zero Watch)
- Houston may ease parking requirements in parts of EaDo, Midtown
- Houston: Plan for road diet still in works amidst opposition
- Washington State drivers might be charged by the mile to make up for lagging gas-tax revenue
- Up to $3.80 a day: Uber suggests possible downtown tolling program for Seattle
- SDOT data shows nearly 100 serious-injury or fatal collisions on Seattle streets in first half of 2019 (Vision Zero Watch)
- Wisconsin Courts Are Pioneering the Use of Automated Alcohol Screening
- City of Milwaukee Committee Okays City Pedestrian Plan (War on Cars Watch)
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.