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 and 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 18 – July 30, 2019
- When Is Violating the Constitution by Pulling Over Motorists With No Legal Justification ‘Not a Bad Thing’?
- Driving while Black remains dangerous
- What can our cities do about sprawl, congestion, and pollution? Tip: scrap car parking (War on Cars Watch)
- Get Pulled Over for Speeding? Ask for a Warning, Survey Says
- Opinion: The Tyranny of the Police State Disguised as Law-and-Order
- Studies show road rage is an increasing problem nationwide
- Study finds older drivers have lower crash rates
- How to End U.S. Roadway Deaths by 2050 (Vision Zero Watch)
- Viewpoint: Why we don’t support traffic enforcement to make streets safer (Vision Zero Watch)
- Buying a new car? What automaker charges the most for destination charges?
Mobility as a Service or MaaS National Focus
- US House Bill Proposes Big Jump in Bike-Share Funding
- Cities Experiment with Parking Fees to Wrangle Scooters
- Commentary: Scooters Another Sign of Big Tech Colonizing Public Spaces
- Driving for Uber, Lyft, GrubHub, and others is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country
- Ford’s scooter company launches an aggressive expansion plan with next-gen scooter
- Fossil fuel vehicles hitting a dead end in Europe’s city centers
- Melbourne, Australia’s multi-modal plans to tackle congestion (video report)
- China: A state-backed ride-hailing startup will use facial recognition for its 20 million customers
- In Madrid, a Car Ban Proves Stronger Than Partisan Politics
- Noon brings driverless delivery cars to UAE in partnership with Neolix
- DMV leadership overhauled over long lines and poor service
- Bill SB127 could require bike lanes on state-owned roads
- Editorial: Complete Streets Bill SB127 Would Help California Bicycle Riders and Pedestrians (War on Cars Watch)
- Teamsters Union Splits From Uber and Lyft on California Worker Rights Law
- East Bay cities look to reinvent and reinvigorate aging, car-oriented corridors (War on Cars Watch)
- San Fernando Valley: Roscoe Boulevard road improvements aim to protect bicyclists and bus riders, officials say (Complete Streets & Vision Zero Watch)
- The Streets of East Palo Alto are Crammed with Commuters. The City Turns to Its Residents for Solutions
- San Diego: They said you could leave Electric Scooters anywhere–then the Repo Men struck back
- Uber, Lyft Rides May Be Taxed Under San Francisco Measure
- Walk San Francisco Holds Emergency Rally to Demand Safe Streets
- Insult to injury: San Francisco couple gets parking ticket after car’s wheels were stolen (video report)
- Viewpoint: Regulate Killer Trucks in San Francisco (War on Cars Watch)
- Life after driving: How California seniors are rethinking getting around
- Boulder, CO transportation board advocating for protected bike lanes on North Broadway
- City of Denver says it’s moving ahead with plans to upgrade some bike lanes
- Denver: Rideshare Drivers Warned Of New Scam That Takes Their Earnings
- Denver still doing scooter education rather than enforcement
- Parking Lot Accidents on the Rise in Florida
- Polite drivers are to blame for traffic jams in Miami, FL
- Atlanta mayor halts dockless vehicle permitting in the wake of e-scooter deaths
- Rutledge considers adding ‘speed humps’ to slow down cars passing through town (War on Cars Watch)
- Uber testing monthly subscription for rides, food delivery, and scooters in Chicago
- Chicago PD Reports Detail Incidents From the Early Days of the Scooter Pilot
- Chicago police implement new parking restrictions to curb illegal activities
- New York City Council passes a law allowing cyclists to follow pedestrian walk signs
- NYC Cabbies face off with ride share drivers over the cap on for-hire cars
- NYC Opinion: How city regulations are making Uber and Lyft better
- NYPD Blitz on Bike Lane Blockers and Reckless Driver Blitz is Going Permanent!
- NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Unveils ‘Green Wave’ Bike Plan To Keep Cyclists Safe (Vision Zero Watch)
- NYC DOT Will Restore Protected Lanes on Dyckman Street in Upper Manhattan
- NYC Rolls Out Confusing New Plan To Stop Double Parking, Gets Rid Of Regular Parking On Upper West Side
- NYC Opinion: Dangers Mount With Crashes, Conflicts on Queensboro Bridge
- NYC: With 18th Cyclist Killed, Brooklyn Borough President Issues His Demands
- NYC Editorial: ‘Bike supremacy’ is ruining the city
- Portland, Oregon’s 4th most dangerous street gets a Road Diet
- Portland Metro Tests Mobility Analytics Platform
Oregon and Washington State
- Carsharing Company ReachNow Burns Rubber Out of Portland and Seattle, Abruptly Removing 350 BMWs from City Streets.
- ACLU makes a push to change Tennessee law that strips teen driving privileges based on school performance
- Dallas: Electric Scooter Rider Executes Flawless Cross-Highway Lane Change During Rush Hour
- Texas: Where you’re most likely to get a parking ticket in Houston — and how to avoid it
Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker
Driving While Black and other forms of discriminatory profiling indeed are a very serious problem in America.
A MAJOR and easy change to reduce the problem would be to set proper 85th percentile speed limits on almost all collector, arterial, highway and freeway roadways. When posted limits are often set 10 or more mph below the safest 85th percentile levels for political, revenue, or false-safety reasons, it gives officers far too many excuses to make traffic stops that would be reduced if the speed limits were not improperly to define most safe drivers as in violation. For a serious scholarly look at this issue, check out “Ruling Out The Rule of Law” by Kim Forde-Mazrui.
I’ve seen two studies showing older drivers have lower crash rates than either working age adults or young drivers. So why do some insurance companies increase rates for older drivers? It is an issue that needs more research and reporting.
For places like Rutledge, the “Your Speed Is XX” signs are often as effective as speed humps without causing problems for emergency vehicles and people in cars with medical conditions.