In spring 2017, Stephen wrote for Streetsblog USA, covering the livable streets movement and transportation policy developments around the nation. From August 2012 to October 2015, he was a reporter for Streetsblog NYC, covering livable streets and transportation issues in the city and the region. After joining Streetsblog, he covered the tail end of the Bloomberg administration and the launch of Citi Bike. Since then, he covered mayoral elections, the de Blasio administration's ongoing Vision Zero campaign, and New York City's ever-evolving street safety and livable streets movements.
The “Outer Beltway” Is DC’s Zombie Highway Project That Won’t Stay DeadBy Stephen Miller | | 10 Comments
Thanks to road boosters in the suburbs of Washington, DC, another highway bridge across the Potomac River — part of an old plan for a second beltway around the nation’s capital — is still officially a possibility. While an outer beltway was rejected decades ago, highway segments like the Intercounty Connector were built in the ensuing […]
This “War on Cars” Video Will Defend America From Transit-Riding InfidelsBy Stephen Miller | | 41 Comments
PragerU's latest video, released this week, is about a fundamental American value: driving big, gas-guzzling cars and not using other modes of transportation, because freedom.
Congress and Auto Industry Move to Ban Cities From Regulating Self-Driving CarsBy Angie Schmitt and Stephen Miller | | 17 Comments
Autonomous vehicles should benefit cities, not the other way around, but legislation advancing through Congress would tie urban officials' hands when it comes to shaping AV policy.
NTSB: Speed Kills, and We’re Not Doing Enough to Stop ItBy Stephen Miller | | 61 Comments
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.
Self-Driving Cars Should Accommodate People, Not the Other Way AroundBy Stephen Miller | | 20 Comments
You think victim-blaming is bad now? Making everyone walk or bike with a "don't hit me" device would further penalize the most vulnerable.
Why Are Florida’s Streets So Deadly for Cycling?By Stephen Miller | | 14 Comments
A recent study funded by the Florida Department of Transportation takes an in-depth look at why the state's streets are so deadly -- and what can be done to change that.
Honolulu City Council Wants Tighter Distraction Rules for Pedestrians Than for DriversBy Stephen Miller | | 12 Comments
The bill would prohibit people from "viewing a mobile electronic device" while crossing the street. Meanwhile, Honolulu drivers can take their eyes off the road to look at their dash-mounted devices, issue voice commands, and so forth while plowing through an intersection.
What’s Keeping People From Using Bike-Share? New Study Breaks It Down by Race and IncomeBy Stephen Miller | | 43 Comments
Low-income communities and people of color view traffic risk, high prices, and the potential for crime and harassment are the biggest barriers to bicycling and using bike-share in their neighborhoods, according to a new report from researchers at Portland State University.
Highlighting the Inequity of Access to Good Bicycling Infrastructure in MilwaukeeBy Stephen Miller | | No Comments
A new report from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy spotlights how disadvantaged neighborhoods in Milwaukee have less access to safe bicycle routes than other parts of the city.
What Do Drivers Really Think of Cyclists?By Stephen Miller | | 127 Comments
There's ample research out there backing up the safety benefits of streets with protected bikeways and slow car speeds. But what about the critically important yet less tangible factor of individual attitudes -- how does the mind of the person behind the wheel affect driver behavior toward cyclists? A new report from Portland State University looks at the question.
Oregon’s Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fees: Ready for Prime Time, But Waiting for ApprovalBy Stephen Miller | | 16 Comments
Oregon has led the way in developing an alternative to the gas tax, with a pilot program that levies a fee on vehicle miles traveled. While the Oregon Department of Transportation has spent years developing the mileage-based program and is ready to expand it to all vehicles statewide, it's not part of the massive transportation spending package under discussion at the legislature.
Downtown Austin’s Parking Crunch Can Be Solved Without Adding Tons of ParkingBy Stephen Miller | | No Comments
Cities and towns are constantly fretting about downtown parking. But what they often perceive as a "parking shortage" isn't caused by a lack of parking -- it's the result of poor management of the parking they already have. The upshot is that many cities, seeking cheap and plentiful car storage, pursue policies that make their parking and traffic problems worse, not better. Now a downtown Austin business coalition aims to chart a better course.