Word on the Street: 3/14/12
Word on the Street is a compilation of links to active transportation headlines from around the web:
- Tulsa Townies Bike Share Returns to River Parks This Week
The warm weather means it’s bike riding season again on the river.
- Tulsa Roundabout Set for May Completion
A roundabout is unique to the city in that its 110-foot diameter is wider than a traffic circle, such as the one at Fifth and Main streets, and smaller than a rotary, such as the one at Admiral Place and Mingo Road.
- OK Senate Rejects Bills on Teen Driver Cellphone Use
The measure was an effort to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused while people are distracted and driving. It had exceptions for emergencies.
- Bike Share Program to Begin in Downtown OKC in May
Cities across the country are turning to two wheels instead of four to get around. Oklahoma City is the latest to consider a bike share program. It will start in the downtown area.
- Senate Transportation Bill Could Be Finalized Today; House Bill Bogged Down
Last week, Speaker Boehner said that if the House couldn’t come to agreement, it might introduce something like the Senate’s bill. In contrast to the House bill, the Senate’s MAP-21 protects transit, walking and biking funds. It focuses on repairing existing roads and bridges. It respects local control.
- Fixing the House Bill: Reducing Air Pollution by Providing More Travel Options
One of many issues that need to be fixed in the House’s transportation bill is a plan to allow transportation money in a pollution-control fund to be used on new roadways for solo drivers.
- New Report on Statewide Organizations and Federal Funding
As Congress debates the transportation bill, there’s a lot of uncertainty about the future of transportation programs. But one thing is clear: Bicycling advocates will have to learn how to compete for scarce resources against all types of transportation projects.
- Walkable Urbanism, the New Trend
77 percent of millennials – the generation of 20-somethings – want to live where they are “close to each other, to services, to places to meet and to work, and they would rather walk than drive.”
- Walking Bigger Share of Transportation Than You Think
Up to 40% of travel time is spent walking or waiting, yet walking facilities get a small cut of the transportation pie.
- Better Late Than Never
This music video has been making the rounds. Warning: Profanity.