Special Announcement: Are you fighting a road diet or traffic calming project in your city? If you have the time and money, we encourage you to attend the Keep LA Moving Conference on October 5th in Los Angeles. Shelia Dunn, your humble War on Cars Watch editor, will be presenting and we hope that getting together will help those move further in their fight against city hall. Check out the conference HERE.
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 Stories of the Week
Louisville judge rules Kentucky speed limit laws unconstitutional –The reason: conflicting speed limit laws.
NYC Firefighters Say Mayor’s Vision Zero Initiative Slowed down Emergency Response Times –The nation’s largest fire department speaks about the long term course of Vision Zero and safety—about time!
National War on Cars Watch Stories
- California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule
- Opinion: Mayors are fighting the EPA’s emissions rollback. What cities need are fewer cars.
- Automakers defy Trump, stick with California in climate change standoff
- New NHTSA Rule Opens Door For Paperless Title Transfers of Vehicles
- Blank Check Policing: Cops Stop Cars Registered to Unlicensed Owners, Whether or Not Owners Are Behind the Wheel
- Your Navigation App Is Making Traffic Unmanageable –these are great until you use it and get caught in an even worse traffic situation!
MJ: Thank goodness, I don’t live in a neighborhood that has been wrecked by these pesky tech companies. Naturally, their CEOs don’t live in those neighborhoods impacted by these apps, either. If they did, the apps would be changed very quickly. Another reason why a constantly connected society could be more of a curse than a blessing.
- Op-Ed: Density Is the Friend of Safe Streets and Transit (War on Cars Watch)
- Viewpoint: Parking Reform Will Save the City (War on Cars Watch)
- The Small-City Vision Zero Challenge (Vision Zero Watch)
International War on Cars Watch Stories
MJ: Wow, this sounds like a joke, but it isn’t. The New South Wales government must really be desperate for cash. It’s sad that Australia, which started as a roughneck, freewheeling society of British convicts, has now turned into a nation of petty despotism. I bet even Communist China doesn’t care if you have loose change in your car.
MJ: I could have done this study for them—for free. Of course, some good old fashioned rock and roll makes me want to drive fast!! Next up—safety advocates will ban rock music in cars to keep us from driving fast. Won’t someone think of the children?
Regional and Local War on Cars Watch Stories
- How to Stop Cars from Killing People in San Francisco (Vision Zero Watch)
- California Bill SB112 to Amend 2018 Exhaust Noise Law Passes Legislature
- East County (La Mesa) needs to make streets safer for pedestrians, bike riders, group says (Vision Zero Watch)
- San Francisco supervisor candidates back car-free streets
District of Columbia
- SunPass debacle could cost more than $50 million
- Big changes planned for SunPass
- After bike trail uproar, West Palm Beach puts brakes on road diet on a major arterial street
- Here’s how Ann Arbor’s first two-way protected bike lane will work (War on Cars Watch)
- Surface parking lots spreading ‘like a disease’ in Detroit, group says (War on Cars Watch)
- Minneapolis to consider reducing speed limits on city streets (Vision Zero Watch)
- Bus Rapid Transit Gets the Green Light in Rochester, MN (a road diet is coming to facilitate the Circulator)
New Jersey and New York
- Report: Despite an increase in Traffic Deaths, NYPD Issues Fewer Moving Violations To Drivers (Vision Zero Watch)
- NYC Firefighters union calls out Vision Zero, bike lanes, and road diets: “You’re basically eliminating the ability for emergency service vehicles to get around” and this scree from Streetsblog NYC Response to Fire Department: Traffic — Not Bike Lanes — is to Blame for Increased Response Times (Vision Zero Watch)
MJ: You mean “road diets” designed to obstruct private vehicles might also obstruct ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars, or the ability of residents to evacuate in an emergency? Gosh, how did we urban planners not see that? Oh wait—everybody was supposed to automatically give up their cars, regardless of circumstances, because we urban planners make the driving experience more annoying and automatically blame drivers for every collision between vehicles and pedestrians or cyclists. Then, when Utopia reigns, the only vehicles on the road will be bicycles, delivery trucks, and emergency responders.
- War on Cars Watch: Queens businesses sue city over Fresh Pond Road bus lane, and Queens judge steps out of courtroom to tour embattled bus lane and here is the decision: Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Over Ridgewood, Queens Bus Lane (War on Cars Watch) (video report)
- Op-Ed: More Residential Loading Zones Now!
- Streetsblog Editorial: Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Half-Hearted Vision Zero is a Blood-Soaked Joke (Vision Zero Watch)
- Opinion: Why Is Bill De Blasio Trying to Kill Me? Mayor Claims to Be Progressive but Favors Drivers Over Bicyclists (War on Cars Watch)
- Buses on Broadway? Not with own lane, CB8 says (War on Cars Watch)
- Cincinnati City leaders: Outdated street design could be contributing to crashes involving pedestrians (War on Cars Watch)
- Ohio DOT to install 11-mile bike lane (road diet) on US 52 in Cincinnati
- PennDOT data reveals roundabouts reducing intersection crashes
- Philadelphia Editorial: No separation of church and cyclist needed (War on Cars Watch)
- Pennsylvania State Police stopped tracking the race of drivers who get pulled over, making profiling hard to detect
MJ: The article didn’t mention Rushing’s motive. Was he under pressure to hand out more citations? Or was he just a twisted weirdo who abused his authority? The Western writer Louis L’Amour said that “An officer who steals is worse than any thief. At least a thief is honest in his intentions.”
- Most Washington State Motorists Spend 43 Minutes Commuting, Plus 9 Other Facts From ‘The State Of The Commute’
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 email@example.com.
Be Safe Out There,
NMA Communications Director
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