Word on the Street: 2/16/12
Word on the Street is a compilation of links to active transportation headlines from around the web:
- Tulsa Council to Consider Ordinance Amendment to Tow Uninsured Vehicles
Mayor Dewey Bartlett is proposing an ordinance amendment that would allow Tulsa police officers to use municipal law to impound uninsured vehicles involved in traffic violations, ranging from expired tags to collisions.
- 5-Year-Old Dies After Being Hit by Pickup in Seminole County
The child, Daniel King, attempted to climb into the bed of a Dodge pickup as Jeffrey Lovett, 24, of Seminole, was backing the truck across a yard
- Sen. Coburn Files Transpo Amendment, Calls Bike/Ped Projects “Wasteful”
By relegating bike-ped projects to the States and eliminating them from the Federal transportation bill, it’s clear Coburn deems bicycling and walking illegitimate transportation modes.
- Blumenauer: Don’t Let American Streets Remain Unsafe Routes to School
Oregon Congressman lambasts House transpo bill for eliminating Safe Routes to School Program.
- Transportation For America Releases Senate Bill Amendment Tracker
The Senate has begun debating their transportation bill (MAP-21). Transportation For America is keeping a close eye on a handful of amendments that could improve or make damaging changes to the bill as they’re offered, debated and voted on.
- NYC Council Looks at Police Investigations Into Deaths of Bicyclists
Much of the testimony seemed to underscore a common theme expressed by council members: the police do not devote enough attention or resources to episodes in which a pedestrian or a bicyclist is killed, and as a result, criminal charges are rarely filed unless the driver was drunk or distracted by a cellphone.
- Green Bike Lanes in LA Too Ugly for Hollywood
That mile and a half of Spring Street turns out to be the most filmed stretch of street in town. Or rather, it was until about last November, when the green lane spoiled the shots that made Spring the perfect stand-in for Anytown, USA.
- Personal Car Sharing is a New Twist on Auto Rentals
Early adopters in the sharing movement are letting renters take their autos through Web-based services, which get up to 40% of the fee. There’s even an app for finding the closest car. Perfect for bicyclists or pedestrians who don’t want the burden of car ownership.
- Baltimore’s Guerilla Crosswalk Artists
Transportation officials don’t like it, but Hampden residents are apparently fed up – they want cross-walks repainted on The Avenue and if the city’s not going to maintain the crosswalks on this busy north Baltimore street, they’re doing it themselves.
- Can Nashville Shake Its Sprawling Past?
One of the nation’s least dense metro areas is investing in a diversity of transportation modes and walkable communities in an effort to reduce the area’s dependence on cars.
- Coexisting with Bicyclists: 10 Rules for Drivers
Edmunds.com asked bicycling advocates, bicycling-accident attorneys and other experts to give their recommendations on how drivers can coexist more peacefully with bicyclists.
- Strong Towns: No New Streets
The Florida DOT is required, by statute, to design for a 2% annual increase in traffic on all state highways. Even where there is a documented decline in traffic, they must overengineer for enormous growth. This is a system hard wired to fail.