Word on the Street: 2/17/12

February 17, 2012 in Word On The Street by bikewalkadmin

Word on the Street is a compilation of links to active transportation headlines from around the web:

  • OK Senate Bill Would Ban Cell Phone Use by Drivers Younger Than 18
    Because it only takes two years to learn how to drive safely while talking and texting on your cell phone.
  • Feds Propose Built-in Limits on Driving Distractions
    For the first time, the federal government is proposing recommendations that would encourage car manufacturers to limit the distraction risk for in-vehicle electronic devices.
  • UK Bus Driver Jailed for Using Bus “as Weapon” Against Cyclist
    A bus driver who used his bus like a “weapon” to knock a cyclist to the ground has been jailed for 17 months, a court official said.
  • Here’s Why Drivers Get Away with Murder in NYC
    More New Yorkers are killed every year by motor vehicles than are murdered by guns, said Councilmember James Vacca, who kicked off the hearing by declaring, “We don’t accept gun violence as a way to die, and we shouldn’t accept traffic deaths either.”
  • Why is America’s Transportation System Stuck in the 1950s?
    While Americans are moving towards a multi-modal transportation future, Congress is focused on shoring up a system designed in the 1950s to enable Cold War-era military movements and to please the auto industry. By prioritizing highways, the country is missing an opportunity to build a system that reflects the preferences and needs of today’s travelers.
  • What Would More Local Control of Transportation Spending Mean?
    States and municipalities have no clear record of choosing to invest in better projects when they are fully in charge of collecting the revenues to do so. States have too often proven a complete disregard for public transportation investments when they’re left fully in charge
  • Flashback: Ronald Reagan Touts Gas Tax Hike, Transit Funding as Job Creators
    On January 6, 1983, the icon of the modern conservative movement, Ronald Reagan, signed legislation to raise the gas tax for the first time in more than two decades, devoting a portion of the revenue to transit.
  • B-Grid Be Good
    With today’s refocussing on pedestrian-friendly places, the B-Grid once again finds its place as an important tool.  Commonly used in Form Based Codes and other urban-oriented development regulations, the B-Grid allows special exceptions for automobile-oriented uses, automobile-focused arterials and highways, and larger commercial uses that require sizable parking lots at their front door.
  • Do You Work 120 Minutes (2 Hours) a Day to Pay for Your Car and 3.84 Minutes for Your Bike?
    The bottom line is, whether you are average or not, bikes are supremely cheaper than cars and if you’d like to save a whole shitload of money, probably the easiest way to do so is ditch the car.
  • Awkward Moments in Chinese Car Culture Frenzy
    There are two things that can save bicycles as a viable mode of transportation in China. The first, ironically, is car culture itself. Increased traffic congestion – in a country with more than 160 cities with populations exceeding 1 million people – will give people a reason to start using bicycles again. The second thing that can save bicycles is changing the perception that bicycles are just a mode of transportation for the poor. This is much harder to do.