Wednesday’s Headlines Are Cited Less

Source: Jimmy Emersen/Creative Commons.
Source: Jimmy Emersen/Creative Commons.
  • Traffic citations are down by 86 percent in Seattle compared to 2019, which some blame for a spike in deaths. Law enforcement departments are shorthanded, and cities are banning “pretext” stops that expose drivers of color to police violence. (NPR)
  • Companies like Uber and DoorDash are exploiting their drivers — and so are the customers. (New York Times)
  • NASA is starting to measure air pollution from space, which will provide data that ground-based instruments can’t detect. (Wired)
  • Two new studies indicated that Southern U.S. cities like Miami and New Orleans are in even greater peril from climate change than previously thought. (The Guardian)
  • Adherents to the #VanLife movement that took off during the pandemic are extremely environmentally conscious (Bloomberg). But how good for the environment can it really be to live in a vehicle?
  • The Houston Metro approved a route for the 25-mile University Corridor bus rapid transit line without buy-in from some of the minority neighborhoods it will pass through. (Chronicle)
  • Kansas City is applying for Missouri state tax credits to build a park over the South Loop freeway. (KCUR)
  • A federal appeals court ordered Chicago to install audible crosswalk signals, ruling that visual signs discriminate against the sight-impaired. (NBC Chicago)
  • Milwaukee bikeshare Bublr is advocating for more protected bike lanes. (CBS 58)
  • A Chicago program helps students from disadvantaged communities find employment as bike mechanics. (CBS News)
  • Sounds like the Chicago Transit Authority needs to take a mental health day for some self-care. (The Onion)


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 […]

U.S. DOT Launches “Everyone Is a Pedestrian” Campaign

UPDATED 5:43 p.m. with more details from NHTSA on eligible grant activities. Yesterday, U.S. DOT launched a new campaign called “Everyone Is a Pedestrian,” including $2 million in grants that will be awarded to as many as six focus cities for pedestrian safety education and enforcement initiatives. While $2 million is peanuts in the grand scheme […]

Vox Pulls Back the Curtain on “Scam” to Save Lives With Red Light Cameras

You can usually count on Vox for accurate, research-based explainers of public policy issues. That’s why the new Vox video on red light cameras is so monumentally disappointing. Researchers have established that red light cameras make streets safer by reducing potentially fatal T-bone collisions, though they do lead to more rear-end crashes, which tend not to be very serious. […]