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Wednesday’s Headlines

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No matter how you crunch the numbers (and we have!), car drivers are getting safer and the rest of us are getting slaughtered (WSJ). The rest of the mainstream media is getting it wrong (USA Today), but Streetsblog got it right. It’s been well publicized that Uber and Lyft drivers generally make less than a […]
This driver survived. But the pedestrian he might have hit would likely have died. Photo: Gersh Kuntzman

Drivers Get Safety — The Rest of Us Get Slaughtered

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Fatal car crashes are down for the second straight year across the nation — but the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed by motorists are up again, further evidence that cars are getting safer only for people inside the vehicle. According to final 2018 data released today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 36,560 […]

Tuesday’s Headlines

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Bike advocates need to think big, like automakers did when they laid the groundwork for the interstate highway system, instead of begging cities to lay down some paint for a bike lane. Protected bike lanes should be just a starting point. (City Lab) New York City’s 14th Street bus-only pilot project is — justifiably — […]

Monday’s Headlines

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Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), chairman of the House Transportation of Infrastructure Committee, says Uber and Lyft have to clean up their acts — find a sustainable business model, conduct background checks and pay drivers a living wage — if they want business from federal employees. (Roll Call) President Trump conned voters about his interest in […]
Rep. Peter DeFazio criticized Uber and Lyft for not coming to Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer questions at a Transportation Committee hearing. Image: Oregon Department of Transportation

House Transport Chair Rips Uber, Lyft

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio had invited representatives from Uber and Lyft to sit on a panel discussing the future of transportation network companies. On Monday, he learned ride hail officials declined to participate, so DeFazio used his opening remarks to lambast both companies for contributing to longer traffic delays and higher […]

Friday’s Headlines

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The Guardian takes a deep dive into why pedestrian deaths are rising — not just in the U.S., but around the world. Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles’ 19-year-old son Harry was killed in the U.K. by the wife of an American diplomat driving on the wrong side of the road. President Trump surprised the Dunns […]