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 June 5-June 11, 2019
- Auto Loan Delinquencies climbed to $9 billion in 2018, Car loan debt up 75 percent, a record high since 2009
- EPA ups amount of ethanol allowed in summer gas, but read your manual first
- Could the federal gas tax be phased out?
- How Usable is Your Automobile Roadside Assistance Insurance Policy?
- Commentary: Traffic jams are a sign of income inequality
- Latest bike activist propaganda: Bike lanes are safer for drivers, too! (War on Cars Watch)
- New Data Shows Police Use More Force Against Black Citizens Even Though Whites Resist More
- Opinion: Another ‘excuse’ for police bias bites the dust
- The racist roots of American policing: From slave patrols to traffic stops
MJ: Sigh…another article portraying law enforcement as inherently racist. And of course, you’re supposed to believe that all law enforcement officers are whites. Maybe that’s still true of some small towns in the Midwest; it sure isn’t true of big city police forces. Broadly speaking, the best way to reduce law enforcement interactions with the public is to reduce the number of laws that law enforcement agencies are expected to enforce. Ending the drug war and its bastard offspring, civil asset forfeiture, would be a good place to start.
MJ: This is a good list of websites.
- Viewpoint: Against car supremacy (War on Cars Watch)
- Op-Ed: What To Do With the ‘Devil Wagon’ (War on Cars Watch)
Mobility as a Service or MaaS
- 8 Deaths Now Tied to E-Scooters
- Boom in electric scooters leads to more injuries, fatalities
- 3 Reasons Why Electric Bikes Are The Bridge To Transforming Urban Cores (War on Cars Watch)
- How Surf Plans To Become The Entertainment Platform For The Ride-Sharing Market
- Not Your Parent’s Carpool: Growth of Non-School Bus Transportation & Rideshare
- Could the Pogo Stick Be the Next Big Thing in Urban Mobility?
- Canada: City of Regina crews begin posting new 30 km/h school zone speed limit signs
- Canada: Vancouver Builds a Better Bike Lane (War on Cars Watch)
- Why French cities could be set to lose thousands of parking spaces
MJ: This article conveniently forgot to mention the unpopularity of French President Macron and his En Marche party. Taking away all those parking spaces might bring out the “yellow jacket” protesters again.
- Pedestrian-friendly plan to cut speed limit in one of Hong Kong’s oldest districts slammed as ‘unrealistic.’
- India to require ridesharing services like Uber to electrify 40% of fleet by 2026, report says
- Japan plans driver’s license for seniors as accidents rise
- Unwelcome guests: moped riders protest as Amsterdam drives them from bike lanes
- UK: New ‘Noise Cameras’ Will Mean Fines For Loud Cars And Bikes
- Californians Are Now Paying Higher Gas Taxes. Cities Are Responding by Reducing Lanes for Cars.
- Op-Ed: Cities Can and Should Regulate Scooters, and A.B. 1112 Doesn’t Help
- Want to live near your job and mass transit? Most Californians do, too
MJ: If most Californians are in favor of this, then why did lots of people complain about SB 50? How skewed was this poll?
In a larger sense, many people would like to have a short commute. However, many people also like living in single family dwellings. They like their neighborhoods as they are; that’s why they chose to live there. This seems to be hard for virtue-signaling politicians to grasp. Again, don’t punish. Just provide good mass transit, get out of the way of ride-share services, let more people have home-based businesses, and the traffic and emissions will take care of themselves.
- Alameda County: Planning moves forward on I-80-Ashby Avenue interchange
- New bike lanes go online in the San Fernando Valley (War on Cars Watch)
- New Protective Bike Lanes Creating a Stir in Emeryville (War on Cars Watch)
- La Cañada City Council says there’s a limit to increasing speeds on city streets
- 16,000 people in L.A. now live in cars, vans, and RVs. But safe parking remains elusive
- Pasadena, CA buses to get fast pass through intersections
- Sacramento makes argument for reducing speed limits near schools to 15 mph (video report)
- San Francisco: ‘Better Market Street’ Plan Wants to Create Safer Commute for Cyclists and Pedestrians
- Lyft’s Lawsuit against San Francisco is bigger than Bike-Share
- These maps show where San Francisco plans to add protected bike lanes/road diets in 2019 (War on Cars Watch)
- Study: San Francisco’s bike lanes lead to fewer fatalities for motorists, too (Vision Zero Watch)
District of Columbia
- Washington, D.C.: Major street redesign in Capitol Hill set to begin June 10 and take two years (War on Cars Watch)
- The Magic of D.C.’s Red Painted Bus Lanes
- Georgia Supreme Court To Decide On Black Box Privacy
- Atlanta City Council mulls two-way conversion for downtown’s Baker Street
- Illinois Court: Cop Cannot Call Hertz Over A Speeding Ticket
- Viewpoint: 3 ways to improve how Chicago handles police misconduct cases
- Chicago: Uber and Lyft said ride-sharing would cut traffic congestion and supplement public transit. But has it worked?
- Lawsuits, Stalled Legislation, and New Mayor. What’s going on with Chicago’s Ticketing Reform?
- Fighting A Chicago Parking Ticket Might Be Easier Than You Think; Here Are Some Tips To Win
- East Dundee signs on to collect unpaid fees and fines by using state comptroller’s payment program
- Proactive police activity plummeted after new Louisville, KY traffic stop policy unveiled
- Opinion: Police procedures, not racial beliefs, create inequity in Louisville, KY traffic stops
- Cohocton, NY speeding conviction overturned after 2-year court battle
- NYC Bills Target Bike Safety Through Long-Term Planning
- New York City: Lessons from car-free Times Square, 10 years later
- 46 Ice Cream Trucks Seized in NYC for Allegedly Scheming to Dodge $4.5M in Traffic Tickets
- NYC Congestion pricing: Driver charges could vary based on traffic and more
MJ: This one is really Big Brother. More surveillance, more spying, more punishment of business and private drivers – and more money for politician salaries and pensions. It’s highly unlikely that any of this money will be used to improve roads and mass transit. Virtue signaling and grabbing more money are the favorite pastimes of most politicians.
- Opinion: NYC Congestion Pricing is Just One Step Toward Reclaiming City Streets (War on Cars Watch)
- NYC: 11th Avenue Suddenly Changed To One-Way, Confusing Drivers Who Could Face Tickets (Vision Zero Watch)
- NYC Op-Ed: Treat Traffic Deaths Like the Measles (Vision Zero Watch)
- New York: Manhattan Board Rejects DOT Rotunda Plan (War on Cars Watch)
- Advocates Say Even Before NYC Congestion Pricing, City Must Expand Bike Network (War on Cars Watch)
- In a Deadly Year for Cyclists, New York City Could Make Protected Bike Lanes a Required Option on Major Streets (War on Cars Watch)
- Brooklyn, NY: Bay Ridge Meeting Gets Heated Over Bike Lane Plan
- NYC DOT to Bay Ridge: You Get Unsafe Bike Lanes Because We Don’t Want to Remove Parking (War on Cars Watch)
- New York City’s Vision Zero Design Standards Bill Will Become Law — Without Mayor De Blasio’s Signature (Vision Zero Watch)
- New York City: Another Bronx Judge Bows Out of Morris Park Ave. Vision Zero Case (Vision Zero Watch)
- Philadelphia Cracking Down On Traffic Violators To Ease Center City Congestion
- ‘Vulnerable Road User’ Bill HB1536 Introduced in PA State House (Vision Zero Watch)
- Texas police can seize money and property with little transparency. So we got the data ourselves.
- 2019 pedestrian deaths outpacing similar fatalities for last three years, San Antonio, TX PD says (Vision Zero Watch)
Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker
E15 is too high a % of ethanol for many engines; it is best to avoid it.
Finding ways to reduce the total quantity of traffic stops including posting realistic 85th percentile speed limits to decriminalize millions of safe drivers is an important way to reduce discrimination & profiling – and the tremendous racial problems it causes all of our society.
State rules on the use of powered scooters would help make their use more predictable.
If Chicago’s new Mayor Lightfoot actually eliminates “red-light cameras that do not have a safety purpose,” there won’t be any red-light cameras in the Windy City. This would be an excellent, though unlikely, scenario.