Today’s Headlines

  • As Washington goes all-in for electric cars, one automaker places its bets on cleaner diesel fuel (Time)
  • A local editorial board calls on Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to push Congress’ high-speed rail investment to $4 billion (Merc News)
  • U.S. DOT and the Federal Communications Commission team up to seek technological solutions to distracted driving … congressional action, meanwhile, remains up in the air for now (Net World)
  • Newsweek is "very pleased" to be co-hosting an energy briefing with the chief of Big Oil’s lobbying arm?! (TPMmuckraker)
  • Illinois governor skips meeting with transit officials on possible service cuts and fare hikes, heads to D.C. instead (Trib Blog)


It’s Official: 33,561 People Killed in Traffic on American Streets Last Year

The official 2012 death toll is out for our nation’s poorly-designed, auto-centric transportation system. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic injuries on the nation’s roadways claimed the lives of 33,561 people. The headline of the agency’s press release, “NHTSA Data Confirms Traffic Fatalities Increased In 2012,” is quickly walked back by the subhed, […]

Animation Explains How Bad Planning Makes Car Ownership Compulsory

This is a pretty great animation explaining how American cities were undermined by a slavish dedication to storing and moving cars. It’s by comedian Adam Conover from TruTV’s “Adam Ruins Everything,” who also made this great video explaining the screwed up origin of the word “jaywalking.” The best part may be the animated version of parking […]

Trucks and Cities Are Like Oil and Water. Is There a Solution?

About 350 pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are killed each year by large trucks in this country. Big freight trucks are incompatible with cities in many ways, bringing danger, pollution, noise, and traffic congestion. They park in bike lanes and have shockingly big blind spots, putting everyone around them at risk. And yet, most cities haven’t […]