Word on the Street: 2/6/12
Word on the Street is a compilation of links to active transportation headlines from around the web:
- Tulsa Police Still Looking for Drivers of 3 Fatal Hit-and-Runs
Tulsa police have responded to 11 fatal auto-pedestrian accidents since January 2011 and still have not found the drivers involved in three of the incidents. Most motorists involved in fatal auto-pedestrian collisions last year were not charged.
- Offering a New Transportation Engineering Perspective on Bicycling Facilities
Transportation policies are advancing to support increased bicycle transportation; a growing number of jurisdictions and the professionals that serve them are finding ways to accommodate that desired growth and are achieving success in doing so. With better alternatives now available, willingly planned for and successfully implemented in cities across the country, relying on vehicular cycling—and thus relegating bicycling to only those few willing to ride in such environments—would represent a failure both of policy and engineering.
- Blumenauer: Transpo Bill Mess Could be Springboard for the Movement
The way Blumenauer sees, the direct threats to bicycling and transit should galvanize a nationwide response. “We’re going to see if the networks we’ve been building around the country translate into something,” he said.
- State DOTs Strongly Oppose House GOP Changes to Transit Programs
AASHTO, the national association of State DOTs, is more transit friendly than you might think. Read the letter that states their strong opposition to the House Republican’s proposal for changing how the federal government funds transit programs.
- Pennsylvania Governor Signs 4-Foot Passing Law
The bill also prohibits motorists from making sudden right turns in front of a cyclist who is proceeding in the same direction.
- Making Over the Mall in Rough Economic Times
Even at many malls that continue to thrive, developers are redesigning them as town squares — adding elements like dog parks and putting greens, creating street grids that go through the malls, and restoring natural elements like creeks that were originally paved over.
- Punk Rock and the New Urbanism: Getting Back to Basics
The American approach to growth is causing economic stagnation and decline along with land use practices that force a dependency on public subsidies. The inefficiencies of the current approach have left American towns financially insolvent, unable to pay even the maintenance costs of their basic infrastructure. A new approach that accounts for the full cost of growth is needed to make our towns strong again.
- A Nation of Drivers
Cars 19 feet long, weighing two tons, are used to run a 118-pound housewife three blocks to the drugstore for a two-ounce package of bobby pins and lipstick.
- If You Want Nice People, Make Nice Places
“The biggest single obstacle to the provision of better public space is the undesirables problem,” wrote William H. Whyte in his 1980 book The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. ”They are themselves not too much of a problem. It is the actions taken to combat them that is the problem.”