War on Cars Watch for June 19, 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 and NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker gives us his considerable wisdom at the end of this week’s list.

Information from June 12-June 18, 2019

National

National Mobility as a Service or MaaS

International

Alabama

California

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Illinois

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

New York

New Mexico

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oregon

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Washington

Wisconsin

Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker

Civil forfeiture practices are being challenged in many cities and states. Forfeiture without a conviction of a related crime is governmental larceny that no one should tolerate.

Bike lanes that take away vehicle travel lanes on main collector & arterial streets used by commuters and shoppers are being successfully challenged in many cities. When cyclists are 5% to 15% of the traffic flow, it is NOT proper to allocate 30% to 50% of the paved surface to cyclists.

Electric scooters need some more uniform rules on: 1) what age people can ride them, 2) where, 3) is a license required, 4) at what speeds, 5) and how are they categorized – as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, etc.

Unnecessary traffic stops and searches, sometimes due to profiling, are raising objections in many cities. Used abusively by some police departments, these stops raise tensions between the police and public.

Some states are paying more attention to Keep Right Except to Pass laws and behavior and this is good.

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