Word on the Street: 2/23/12

February 23, 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:

  • Hit-and-Run Driver Sought After Fleeing Owasso Police, Leaving Child in Yard
    A man who was fleeing from Owasso police on foot after a hit-and-run automobile collision left a 5-year-old boy in a stranger’s yard Wednesday afternoon.
  • House Bill Delayed, But Transit, Biking and Walking Aren’t Safe Yet
    Congress is in recess, and the House’s atrocious transportation bill has been dismembered and delayed, but if you want to preserve funding for transit and active transportation, don’t let your guard down yet. There’s still plenty to watch out for as the House and Senate attempt to reauthorize federal transportation programs.
  • Trasnportation Bills to Get Tune-Up During Recess
    It may be recess, but House and Senate leaders are working overtime this week to make the massive transportation bills more attractive to skeptical lawmakers.
  • Transportation For America: Top 10 Reasons Opposition to House Bill is Growing
    The country desperately needs a new transportation bill that provides robust funding and updates national priorities and policy for the needs of this century. But HR7 falls short in a number of key areas according to this growing chorus of groups.
  • Three Major Bike Advocacy Organizations Have Agreed to Merge
    The League of American Bicyclists, Bikes Belong and the Alliance for Biking & Walking have agreed that uniting the three organizations would dramatically improve their effectiveness in increasing bicycle use in U.S. communities.
  • The Top Seven Reasons to Attend the National Bike Summit
    Hundreds of bicyclists are descending upon Washington, D.C. next month. With a transportation bill up in the air that threatens to eliminate dedicated funding for bicycling and walking projects, now is the time.
  • Study Shows How to Improve Bicycle Commuter Safety
    “A basic premise in this report is that cycling should be encouraged because as the number of cyclists increases, the attention of motorists and safety improve,” said Dr. Osland. “However, an important caveat is that the number of cyclists must be commensurate with the infrastructure built for cycling to enhance their safety. This report discusses and evaluates various bicycle commuter settings against a framework of what are called the 5 Es – engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation.
  • Connecticut Pushes for Vulnerable Road Users Bill
    Those who hurt pedestrians, highway workers, cyclists, skateboarders, inline skaters, tractor drivers, or wheelchair users would have to undergo driver retraining, perform community service, and pay a fine of up to $5,000.
  • Two Cars Collide Behind Reporter on Live TV
    It was meant to be a report on high gas prices, but it turned into an accident report after two cars collide.

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