Word on the Street: 2/22/12
Word on the Street is a compilation of links to active transportation headlines from around the web:
- Rep. John Sullivan to Host Town Hall Tonight in Bixby
Sullivan’s town hall presents an excellent opportunity for constituents to make their views known on the House transportation bill, HR-7, that would completely eliminate dedicated funding for bicycle/pedestrian projects, dedicated funding for mass transit, and the Safe Routes to School program.
- Tulsans’ Ideas Sought for Proposed Park
The project, estimated to cost between $100 million and $150 million, would stretch from 26th Street to just south of 31st Street. The land includes the 33.6 acres of the Blair Mansion property at 26th Place and the 21.5-acre tract where the Crow Creek Apartments sit just south of 31st Street.
- Oklahoma Lawmakers Seek to Increase Maximum Penalty for DUI Drivers
Currently, the maximum penalty is five years in prison, but this new measurement would increase that to ten years.
- Julie Chin: Running an Errand… The Old Fashioned Way
Since leaving KJRH, meteorologist Julie Chin has slowed down some and recently ran some errands by foot.
- Roads in Rogers County Due for Improvements
District 2 is contracting with a Missouri company to use a machine called a reclaimer. Rogers County Commissioner Mike Helm plans to implement it on a 45-mile, $2.5 million overlay project beginning in early March.
- Surging Gas Prices Threaten to Derail Economic Recovery
Nationally, drivers started this week paying on average $3.565 for a gallon of regular gas, up more than 5% in the last month. The price surge and wide variance by geography have triggered consumer anger and cries of gouging and speculation.
- DOT Issues Voluntary Guidelines for Driver-Distracting Electronics Systems
Distracted driving has become one of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s banner issues under secretary Ray LaHood’s tenure, with agencies launching safety programs and awareness campaigns aimed at preventing the practice. Last week, LaHood stepped into new territory by recommending that cars be built to automatically disable potentially distracting electronic devices when in motion.
- Seattle Bicyclists Find Safety in Numbers
In the last three years, the cycling rate has grown a dramatic 55 percent, while crashes have hovered in the mid- to high-300s. It’s the old phenomenon that more cyclists means safer cyclists.
- Roads to Ruin
For those of you who are just tuning in, Republican leaders in the House unveiled a transportation bill earlier this month that was widely hailed as a train wreck. Literally. It would cut all designated funding from mass transit, bike and pedestrian infrastructure, and even a program that creates safe routes for kids to get to school.
- Driverless Cars Would Likely Lead to Sprawl
If the driverless car reduces congestion by maximizing the use of existing highways and taking passengers farther and faster with greater comfort, it could lead to even more dispersed cities. But it could also have the opposite effect.
- Retrofitting Suburbia: An Interview with Ellen Dunham-Jones
There are still plenty of households in suburbia that have children, but two-thirds of suburban households do not have children in them, and as people desire to get a little more social, they are finding that walking is great. They’re really looking for that life that exists in those walkable places.
- Speeding Tickets for Going 26 MPH
Last week, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn approved Chicago’s new plan to monitor speeding via camera in safety zones near schools and parks. In advocating for the bill, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “My goal is only one thing: the safety of our kids.”