December 30, 2011 in Word On The Street
Word on the Street is compilation of links to active transportation headlines from around the web:
- Driver of SUV Crashes on to RiverParks Trail, Arrested for DUI
Tulsa Police arrest the driver of a SUV early Friday after he struck a light pole and tree while he was driving north in the southbound lanes of Riverside Drive.
- Sapulpa Woman Arrested for Hitting Man with Her Car
A Sapulpa woman was arrested early Friday morning following a domestic argument outside a Tulsa bar in the 5900 block of South Lewis.
- Construction on Elm Place (161st) in Broken Arrow to Begin Next Week
Elm Place from Kenosha or 71st to Houston or 81st will be widened from the current four lanes to five lanes of travel.
- Clear Bike Paths of Snow and Ice Study Says
Winter cycling levels in Montreal are now high enough that the city has an obligation to clear its bike paths and lanes of snow and ice, says a McGill University researcher who has recently published a study on winter cycling in three North American cities.
- The Best of Both Worlds
Vehicular Cycling and bicycling infrastructure can co-exist.
- Between the Lines
That prized garage space or curbside spot you’ve been yearning for may be costing you—and the city—in ways you never realized. A journey into the world of parking, where meter maids are under siege, everybody’s on the take, and the tickets keep on coming.
- Driving has Lost Its Cool for Young Americans
In 2008, just 31 percent of American 16-year-olds had their driver’s licenses, down from 46 percent in 1983, according to a new study in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention. The numbers were down for 18-year-olds too, from 80 percent in 1983 to 65 percent in 2008, and the percentage of twenty- and thirtysomethings with driver’s licenses fell as well. And even those with driver’s licenses are trying to drive less.
- New York Traffic Deaths Hit Historic Low
Sadik-Khan said deaths are down because the city keeps re-engineering its streets, and plans to do more. “You will see more pedestrian countdown signals,” she said. “We’re going to be doubling them in the next two years. You will see more neighborhood slow zones, continuing our work to create slow zones around schools. We’ve done 138 so far.”
- Chart of the Day: Biking and Gender
Some interesting trends emerge – women make up about a fourth of bikers across the country, though they commute just as much as men in cities like Portland and Washington, D.C. Not so much in New Orleans or Honolulu.
- Ed Glaeser on Why Cities Matter
Ephemeral quality of life issues, like bicycling and walkability, attract smart, entrepreneurial people to cities.