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Are the people in this photo inherently "vulnerable", or is this car just dangerous?

Nick Cunard|

Are the people in this photo inherently “vulnerable”, or are the cars inherently dangerous?

  • Americans' growing penchant for ever-bigger, dirtier and more dangerous trucks and SUVs isn't just a matter of consumer preference. Federal policies that subsidize light trucks and charge tariffs on smaller vehicles from abroad, as well as loopholes in safety standards, are also to blame. (Vox)
  • A Governing podcast discusses how administrative barriers and public opinion make traffic-calming measures difficult to implement.
  • A new report from the Mineta Transportation Institute examines the cybersecurity threats facing transit. (Transportation Today)
  • Rather than talk about how cyclists and pedestrians are "vulnerable," it's more accurate to call drivers "dangerous," a Bike Portland writer argues.
  • Houston's Metropolitan Transit Agency is reducing service on the Silver Line, which could lead to the loss of a federal grant and is unlikely to improve disappointing ridership numbers (Chron).
  • Outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin traffic deaths fell by 36 percent between 2002 and 2022. Within the county, they more than doubled. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
  • Atlanta formally launched its Vision Zero initiative on Juniper Street, which had 620 crashes over a four-year period. (Rough Draft)
  • A rail link from the Orlando Airport to attractions like Disney World would cost $4 billion, according to a new Florida DOT study, which sounds like a lot but is actually less than previous estimates (Trains). Meanwhile, Florida's Brightline set records for ridership and revenue in March on its Miami-to-Orlando line (Newsweek).
  • The first leg of Sound Transit's 2 Line connecting Eastside Seattle communities opened on Saturday. (Axios)
  • San Francisco parking officers say they fear for their safety after being ordered to crack down on parking violations. (CBS News)
  • A Chicago watchdog group is calling to consolidate the region's transit agencies to save money, although transit officials say funding, not structure, is the problem. (Block Club)
  • Drivers killed a record 35 people in Missouri road work zones last year. (KCUR)
  • Donors from outside the district are pouring money into a Baltimore city council race where the hot-button issue is bike lanes. (Brew)
  • Momentum Mag ranks the 30 most picturesque bike routes in the world.

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