Editor’s Note: This War on Cars Watch covers two weeks’ worth of headlines from October 2-16, 2019. This is due to the editor’s participation in the Keep LA Moving Conference on October 5th.
The War on Cars Watch is a weekly feature of the NMA blog. The War on Cars Watch focuses on road diets, traffic calming and programs such as Vision Zero and Complete Streets as well as studies, court cases, and other news that affect motorists. Special commentary from NMA California Member Michael Jabbra is notated with an MJ: designation.
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War on Cars Watch Story of the Week
National War on Cars Watch Stories
- Nine days on the road. Average commute time reached a new record last year.
- New traffic data suggest Los Angeles, NYC no longer top most-congested U.S. cities
- Pedestrian detection systems don’t work very well, AAA finds
- The US Government Needs Your Help To Decide If Cameras Should Be Allowed To Replace Mirrors
MJ: Here’s my help to the U.S. government: Stick with the mirrors, and let cameras serve as an auxiliary method. The mirror doesn’t need any power or software to function; it just reflects light. Simplicity itself. If a camera has to be repaired or replaced, the driver has to spend more time and more money. So whose interests are being served here? Hint: not the driver.
- Petition Demands Consumer Control Over Vehicle Data (NMA mention)
- Federal Court Upholds Game Warden Roadblocks
- Killing California car pollution rules could kill city speed limits
- NHTSA Considers Rulemaking to Require Alerts for Rear-Passenger Seatbelt Usage
- Transportation For America wants Congress to prioritize maintenance, safety, and job growth in its highway bill and no more spending for new roads
- Viewpoint: Less Driving And More Electrics Will Reduce Emissions (War on Cars Watch)
- Opinion: Every bus in this country deserves its own lane (War on Cars Watch)
Buying a Car in America
- The Seven-Year Auto Loan: America’s Middle Class Can’t Afford Their Cars
- Buying a Car: Zero Percent Financing is Back Big After Slow September Sales
- Rising used-car prices are pushing poor Americans over the edge
- Opinion: Long Auto Loans Make Sense. . . Assuming a new car truly matters to you.
- How Not to Sell Your Old Car
International War on Cars Watch Stories
- Canada: BC senior’s $368 ticket for cellphone in cupholder sparks debate
- Canada Has Winter-Tire Appointment Week, and Maybe We Should, Too
- Denmark proposes 2040 EU ban on gasoline and diesel cars
- The German Autobahn is under threat
MJ: I love what the German Minister of Transport said: “Whoever wants to drive 120 [km/h] can drive 120, and whoever wants to go faster can do that too. Why this constant micromanagement?” Why indeed? Why can’t American politicians be this sensible?
- Street by Street, Amsterdam Is Cutting Cars Out of the Picture (War on Cars Watch)
- Turkey raises toll road prices by 20 percent
- UK: Resident claims “at least 100 cars” have blown their tyres on kerb separating cycle lane from road (War on Cars Watch)
Local and Regional War on Cars Watch Stories
MJ: People want to drive because a) the mass transit networks don’t get people where they want to go, when they want to go; b) people don’t feel safe on the mass transit networks, and c) if you are hauling cargo (such as a plumber with tools), then holding all the cargo in your hands or putting them in a backpack isn’t practical. When the mass transit advocates start addressing these problems instead of just ranting about terrible people drivers are, then maybe people will be more interested in mass transit. Shrieking about carbon emissions doesn’t address concerns a), b), or c).
- East Bay thoroughfare could get bus-only lanes (War on Cars Watch)
- Highway projects could lose gas tax funding as Governor Newsom shifts money to mass transit
- Los Angeles PD tells officers to cut traffic stops over fears of ‘racial profiling,’ union leaders are furious
- Los Angeles Streetsblog Editorial: Mayor Garcetti, Time to Get Serious About the Climate Crisis (Vision Zero Watch)
- Los Angeles’ Expo Line might get signal prioritization at traffic crossings
- Keep Pasadena Moving Will Survey Pasadenans on Traffic Projects About to Change City’s Landscape
- A decade in the making, car-free Market Street faces final approval in San Francisco
- San Francisco: BART’s $3 parking comes under scrutiny. Should prices go up with demand?
- Will Lower Speed Limits Curb Traffic Deaths in Denver? (Vision Zero Watch)
- Questions Surface Over Pedestrian Safety In Light Of 2020 Denver Budget Proposal (Vision Zero Watch)
- Denver leaders really don’t want people in all these new buildings to drive (or park)
- Denver designing new “multi-modal” Broadway to include extended, permanent, protected bike lanes
- Fort Collins floats ways to mitigate loss of Linden Street parking for convertible street
- (Variable) Speed limits increase coming for I-70 through Glenwood Canyon, CO
District of Columbia (and area)
- Concerns arise over DC mayor’s change to traffic camera program (Vision Zero Watch)
- How the traffic we sit in costs us more than just time and gas
- More Chicagoans join Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Unconstitutional Impound Racket
- Man Says He Got Runaround From Illinois Over Fighting Out-Of-State Ticket Involving Rental Car, Another Driver
- New York City: Cars All but Banned on One of Manhattan’s Busiest Streets
- 14th Street is only the beginning for NYC car bans, top transit official says
- Vision Zero Watch: West Side Highway speed limit set to be reduced to 30 mph in Manhattan
- Opinion: NYC Mayor De Blasio’s ‘busway’ plan for 14th Street is a nightmare set to unfold
- War on Cars Watch: It’s time to ban cars from Manhattan
- Brooklyn ‘Shared Streets’ Are the Start of Something Bigger (War on Cars Watch)
- Cars in bus lanes on Manhattan’s First and Second Aves. will be fair game for summonses and fines
- Op-Ed: New York Needs More Micro-Mobility Lanes Now (War on Cars Watch)
- Corey Johnson for NYC Mayor: Will He ‘Break’ or Merely ‘Bend’ the Car Culture? (War on Cars Watch)
- PA NMA Advocate Letter-to-the-Editor: To all Pennsylvania drivers, Call Rep and ask them to vote NO on SB607
- Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Announces City’s Progress On Vision Zero Plan To Eliminate Traffic-Related Deaths (Vision Zero Watch)
- Philadelphia traffic deaths on the rise, despite Vision Zero promise (Vision Zero Watch)
- A Micromobility Experiment in Pittsburgh Aims to Get People Out of Their Cars
- Sunbury, PA cracking down on jaywalking, distracted driving (Vision Zero Watch)
MJ: Civil asset forfeiture is open contempt of the Fourth Amendment. It needs to end now.
MJ: Way to go, Alexandria Police Department. This fuels distrust of your department and of law enforcement in general, in case no one ever told you. At the very least, this employee who was testing the speedometers incorrectly should be fired. And as the article notes, it’s all about the money…not about public safety.
That’s this week’s War on Car Watch post. If you find a story online about the War on Cars, please feel free to email the URL to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be Safe Out There,
NMA Communications Director
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