The War on Cars Watch, a weekly feature of the NMA blog, 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.
Comments on this week’s headlines are from Shelia Dunn, NMA Communications Director, editor and curator of this blog.
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War on Car Watch Stories of the Week
- New bipartisan Federal Vision Zero bill would reprioritize federal transportation spending (War on Cars Watch) (Vision Zero Watch)
- Federal Vision Zero Watch: Congress Eyes Funds for Vision Zero
National War on Car Watch Stories
- U.S. EPA chief hints vehicle CO2 limits will tighten
- From the AntiPlanner: Making Cities Safe for Pedestrians & Cyclists –The AntiPlanner is Randall O’Toole who was one of the prominent speakers at the Keep LA Moving Conference in early October. He really has some great points about urban planning or antiplanner rather!
- Three Studies show Density doesn’t Determine Car Travel –these car travel studies are counter to the prevailing path of urban design—worth a read!
- The Crash Test Bias: How Male-Focused Testing Puts Female Drivers at Risk
- Technology making vehicles less affordable
- Car-free zones could be the future of cities
- Colorful street transformations coming to 10 U.S. cities (But is this really safe for all road users?) (War on Cars Watch)—These are grants from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the design may impact streets that people drive on which can be dangerous if it is an optical illusion.
- Relying on Petty Fines To Fund City Government Can Have Serious Consequences
- Diving Into the Weird, Sprawling, Infuriating World of Comedy Traffic Schools
- Autobraking tech will be standard in cars by 2022, but drivers complain of “phantom braking” (video report)
- Traffic-Death Report Confirms Role Of Automated-Driving Features In Decline
- Manual Transmission Update: No One’s Going to Save This Situation
- Driving in the left lane: A state-by-state guide to when it’s legal, when it’s not (with map)
- 15 Most Unsafe Cars on the Road
International War on Car Watch Stories
- ITS World Congress brings focus on road user charging (video report)
- Canada: Calgary City Council green light public engagement on lowering city speed limits–They want to hear from YOU!
- Copenhagen to increase parking costs up to 100 times for reducing cars in the city
Regional and Local War on Car Watch Stories
- Proposed Bike Lane Alert: Alameda County, CA Transportation Commission To Conduct Fremont Boulevard Corridor Project Showcase
- Grover Beach City Council votes to remove newly-installed road diet asphalt berms—more taxpayer dollars wasted!
- Los Angeles Area: Freeway alternative to be studied as part of NoHo to Pasadena bus rapid transit study; new community workshops added
- Los Angeles: Metro moves ahead with environmental review of north Valley bus rapid transit
- Los Angeles: City Transportation Committee Approves Expo Signal Prioritization when tracks hit roads
- Downtown Los Angeles: Metro staff recommends testing Flower Street bus lane for five more months (War on Cars Watch)
- After 2 Pedestrian Deaths On Same Morning, Safety Advocates Ask Los Angeles Leaders: Where Is Vision Zero? (Vision Zero Watch)
- La Canada Road Diet: Paradise Canyon wheel stops removed, city goes back to drawing board—more taxpayer dollars wasted!
- San Diego’s War on Cars Watch: SANDAG’s regional bikeway program delayed a year, $79 million over budget –Does this make anyone else angry—all this tax money used in overruns and for what? Infinitely less folks use this type of transportation.
- Mayor Michael Hancock budgets for lowered Denver speed limits
- Road Diet Watch: Denver considers elimination of parking on Lincoln Street to make room for 24-hour transit lane
- Neighbors say restriping and dieting roads in Missoula, MT has not helped safety issues (War on Cars Watch) —Rarely does—traffic congestion due to road diets usually makes safety issues worse!
- NY City Council expected to pass Speaker’s Corey Johnson’s master streets plan this week (War on Cars Watch) –Mayor de Blasio has jumped on board with the caveat that the plan begins later than first outlined.
- NYC Op-Ed: Let’s Build Bus and Bike Infrastructure Together (War on Cars Watch)
- Staten Island Opinion: The coming death of ‘car culture’
- New York City DOT Announces ‘Green Wave’ Bike Safety Plan (Giving Preference to Bicycles instead of vehicles) (War on Cars Watch) (Vision Zero Watch) –NYC officials really want to stop all driving and then nothing will happen much!
- NYC Streetsblog Review of the new Green Wave Bike Policy: The ‘Green Wave’ is a Ripple — But Trottenberg Battles Car Entitlement (War on Cars Watch) (Vision Zero Watch)
- NYC Bike Lane Watch: Vote on bike lane from City Hall to Battery Park set for November
- Lower Manhattan War on Cars Watch: Broadway Bike Lane Connecting City Hall and Bowling Green Could Be Coming Soon
- NYC War on Cars Watch: Central Park West Bike Lane Lawsuit Thrown Out Of Court
- NYC Transportation chief says SUV popularity, gentrification behind cyclist deaths (Vision Zero Watch)
- 5 Million Packages a Day: The Internet Brings Chaos to N.Y. Streets –Now the city is thinking about how to tax freight companies even more. Pretty soon there will be no stores and no one will be able to afford to buy anything online either because delivery might actually cost more than the product ordered.
- Wilmington, NC plans on the horizon: Road Diets, Road Diets and more Road Diets and currently unfunded (War on Cars Watch)
- New York joins growing roster of cities that ban cars on crucial transit streets. Why not Philadelphia? (War on Cars Watch)
- University of Houston area Road Diet: Project to cut vehicle lanes, add space for pedestrians, bikes on Cullen Blvd.
- Opinion: San Antonio, Texas Stopped at a Transportation Crossroads (War on Cars Watch)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be Safe Out There,
NMA Communications Director
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