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 compiled the list of headlines.
Information from May 9-21, 2019
- Organizations Push NHTSA To Modernize US Headlight Standards
- MIT study: Even with robot drivers, ride-hailing still expensive
- Ford faces lawsuit claiming it used ‘mileage cheat device’
- The Fight for the Right to Drive
- Human Driving Association pushes back against self-driving cars, calls for constitutional amendment
- Getting Ahead Starts with Owning a Car
- Electronic Warrants And Roadside Blood Draws Are The New Normal For DUI Checkpoints
- Is Your City Really Serious About Road Safety? Look For These 3 Things (Vision Zero Watch)
- Complete Streets policies are not ‘one-size-fits-all’ (Complete Streets Watch)
- Hertz has a pattern of mistakenly reporting cars stolen leaving customers arrested, attorney says
- Transportation Leaders Demand Safer Intersections for Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Mobility as a Service or MaaS
- Opinion: Uber and Lyft IPOs mean the cheap rides are coming to an end
- Uber’s a public company. Now what?
- Uber drivers are contractors, not employees, U.S. labor board says
- Op-Ed: Rise of the Micro-Machines — How We Take Back the Streets (War on Cars Watch)
- Why Uber is fighting cities over data on scooter trips
- Back-seat passengers in Uber, Lyft, ride-hailing vehicles face germs, safety risks
- Robotaxi revolution has one significant flaw: Cost
- Tesla Robotaxis May Not Be The Gold Mine Musk Imagines
- Elon Musk is wrong about robotaxis. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi explains why
- Semi-autonomous and always available: A peek into the near future of car rental
- Opinion: Strike All You Want. Uber Won’t Pay a Living Wage.
- Cyclists Break Far Fewer Road Rules Than Motorists, Finds New Danish Video Study
- Black people ‘40 times more likely’ to be stopped and searched in UK
- Germany votes to legalize electric scooters
- California Legislative Update: Complete Streets Move Forward (SB127), Active Transportation Program Reorganization Fails (SB152) (War on Cars Watch)
- Opinion: The California Legislature Is Getting Played by Micromobility Companies
- California Threatens Gasoline Car Ban
- SANDAG Completes Trio of Road, Bike and Rail Projects in Encinitas, CA
- Anti-Car Policies Mean Even More People Are Dying on Los Angeles’ Highways (Vision Zero Watch)
- Los Angeles: New Bicycle And Walking Paths With $43.6 Million State Grant
- Los Angles Councilmember says Rowena road diet should stay
- San Diego Revives Law Outlawing Living in Vehicles
- Would You Stop Driving Through Downtown San Francisco if You Had to Pay to Do It? (Radio Interview)
- What science says Uber and Lyft are doing to San Francisco
- San Francisco sets sights on no street fatalities, but reality is far from Vision Zero
- San Francisco must slash or eliminate Muni fares to fight ride-hailing, say students
- Two Years In, How Close Is Denver To Meeting Its Vision Zero Goal? Not Very (Vision Zero Watch)
- New signs aim to raise awareness of how unsafe Denver streets are for bicyclists and pedestrians
- City of Denver asks for public input on new ‘high comfort’ bike lanes
- Greeley, Colorado continues to add bike lanes, but Greeley bike commuters still rare
District of Columbia
- District of Columbia Council Proposes Congestion Pricing Study
- D.C. Bill Would Let Regular Citizens Issue Parking Tickets
- Are D.C.’s parking woes so bad that the situation needs citizen enforcers?
- Poll: Washington-area residents widely oppose paying a toll to drive into downtown D.C.
- The City Has My Vehicle. What Now?
- Commentary: Chicago’s impound system punishes innocent car owners
- Chicago Pedestrian Deaths Have Been Down in 2019 Compared to Previous Four Years
- Maine Police, Sheriffs Oppose Anti-Profiling Bill
- More Maine cities installing signs that can record drivers’ speeds
- Slowing down the ‘stroads’ of Boston (Vision Zero Watch)
- Opinion: Don’t be fooled by congestion pricing, Massachusetts
- Boston traffic: the only predictable thing is that it’s unpredictable
- Court rules that Michigan can suspend driver’s licenses for unpaid fines
- Opinion: Pump brakes on lowering legal blood-alcohol limit (HB4420)
- Motorcyclist, vehicle Inspections, and drivers license’s impacted by Missouri Senate Bill 147
- Racial disparity index once again tilts against black drivers in Columbia, Missouri vehicle stops
- NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s ‘Master Plan’: 50 Miles of Protected Bike Lanes Per Year — And A Lot More
- Disruption Uber alles: What the app-hail company hath wrought in New York
- Buffalo’s most issued traffic ticket is for tinted windows
- Brooklyn, NY: Department of Transportation Proposes New Bay Ridge Bike Lanes
- Brooklyn, NY: No Controversy as Park Slope Panel Backs Flatbush Ave. Bike Lane (War on Cars Watch)
- Opinion: The Equity Case for E-Bikes and E-Scooters in New York City
- New Yorkers on proposed Pedestrian street texting ban: ‘I’m still going to text’
- New York City Council to Vote on Street Redesign Bill (Vision Zero Watch)
- South Carolina ranks sixth deadliest state for pedestrians. How some hope to change that with a Complete Streets Bill
- Speed trap or good policing? South Carolina chief wants more tickets written on I-95 strip
- Salt Lake City: Imagine a hybrid of Uber and a city bus system. UTA soon will launch ‘microtransit’ experiment.
Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker
US lighting rules have been woefully behind Europe’s for over 50 years.
One goal of some groups will be to make autonomous vehicles the only choice, something we need to constantly fight.
Danish studies on cyclist behavior are NOT compatible with the US studies.
One group living in vehicles are well-employed people like nurses and teachers who cannot afford the extremely expensive real estate in some cities, so they commute from far away towns on Monday mornings and return home Friday nights to their families.
“Your Speed Is XX” signs usually result in better compliance and greater safety than speed cameras – but don’t of course produce the predatory profits some cities want.
We will see more advocacy for 0.05 BAC laws like Utah’s and the proposal in Michigan. We need to fight these attempts to criminalize responsible social alcohol behavior.
Any attempts to require more tickets as in South Carolina on I-95 need to be denounced as de-facto ticket quotas.