Friday’s Headlines Smile for the Camera

Image: Tom Page, CC
Image: Tom Page, CC
  • Only five states have “good” traffic safety laws, according to a report from Advocates for Traffic and Highway Safety, which is urging state legislatures to pass laws requiring children to sit in the back seat, restricting teenagers’ driving and allowing enforcement cameras. (Route Fifty)
  • Urban planner Jeff Speck argues in an updated version of his 2012 book “Walkable Cities” that ride-hailing and autonomous vehicles are making congestion worse, contrary to supporters’ promises. (Bloomberg)
  • Berlin is raising parking rates for drivers while allowing bike and scooter riders to use those on-streets spots for free to unclutter sidewalks — a well-meaning policy that even some cyclists oppose, believing it will lead to “street brawls.” (City Lab)
  • Hertz will pay $168 million to customers it falsely accused of stealing rental cars. (New York Times)
  • Uber is among the corporations advertising on the Twitter pages of white supremacists whose accounts Elon Musk restored. (Washington Post)
  • Uber is launching a robotaxi service in Las Vegas, although the vehicles will have human backup drivers for now. (Reuters)
  • Can California actually implement a ban on the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by its 2035 deadline? (Newsweek)
  • New Dallas Area Rapid Transit CEO Nadine Lee is focusing on security, cleanliness and increased frequency to reverse a dropoff in ridership. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • The Texas Standard talks to former Streetsblog editor Angie Schmitt about how the Texas DOT prioritizes speed over safety.
  • San Francisco will keep about half of the car-restricted “slow streets” the city created during the pandemic. (Chronicle)
  • A pedestrian-friendly North Capitol Street is among the infrastructure projects Axios says could transform Washington, D.C.
  • Bike Portland takes down a local TV story that centered the feelings of one hotel manager over the lives of cyclists who use a new protected bike lane.
  • Seattle council member Alex Pedersen is obsessed with blocking bike lane projects. (The Urbanist)
  • Drivers hate a road diet pilot project in Athens, Georgia, even though data shows it slows them down by mere seconds. (Flagpole)
  • Public Source profiles the Pittsburgh advocacy and education group BikePGH.
  • New Jersey Transit is proposing to replace Princeton’s “Dinky” rail line with light rail and bus rapid transit. (Trains)


There’s No Doubt: Traffic Enforcement Cameras Save Lives

Gawker dished out some richly-deserved ridicule to Tennessee State Senator Jon Lundberg yesterday, following reports that he is co-sponsoring legislation to outlaw the specific speeding camera that nabbed him doing 60 in a 45 zone last October. Lundberg denied that the incident had any impact on his decision to sponsor in the legislation, and contested the […]
More than 112,500 people were killed in speeding-related crashes from 2005 to 2014 . Image: NTSB

NTSB: Speed Kills, and We’re Not Doing Enough to Stop It

More than 112,500 people lost their lives in speed-related crashes from 2005 to 2014, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic deaths in America over that period. In a draft report released earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board says excessive speed is a deadly problem in our nation's transportation system -- one that federal and state officials aren't doing enough to address.