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Tuesday’s Headlines Are Trending Down

An estimated 19,515 people died in car crashes during the first half of 2023, which is down 3.3 percent but still 19,515 too many.

12:01 AM EDT on October 3, 2023

File photo: Gersh Kuntzman
  • Traffic deaths declined for the fifth straight quarter but remain higher than before the pandemic, according to new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics. (Forbes)
  • Traffic moves fastest in rich cities and slowest in poor, developing ones, but the relationship between speed and congestion is more complicated. (Time)
  • Cooling pavement designed to reflect sunlight rather than absorb it can actually make pedestrians feel hotter. (CityLab)
  • UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wants to limit the ability of local governments to lower speed limits or use cameras to enforce traffic laws. (The Guardian)
  • A New York judge ruled against Uber and other companies' efforts to block a new minimum wage for delivery drivers. (The Verge)
  • After a public shaming, Portland no longer plans to remove a bike lane on Broadway to appease hotel owners. (Bike Portland)
  • The NRDC thinks California should spend eligible federal highway money on transit instead.
  • The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority now has a climate office. (WBUR)
  • Houston's new building code promotes walkability by banning "snout houses" with front-facing garages. (Houston Public Media)
  • Maryland unveiled three potential Red Line routes, with options for both light rail and bus rapid transit. (Baltimore Banner)
  • East Lansing is seeking input on its bike and pedestrian plan. (WKAR)
  • The Colorado DOT thinks little green men at intersections are going to stop people from speeding. (Denverite)

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