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Report: It Pretty Incredible That Americans Entrusted With Driving Cars - The Onion

Biking ElsewhereWASHINGTON—Citing that a majority of Americans are irresponsible, easily distracted people who have little regard for other human beings, a new Department of Transportation report revealed Wednesday that it’s “actually kind of crazy” that U.S. citizens are allowed to drive automobiles.
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http://www.theonion.com/article/report-it-pretty-incredible-that-americans-entrust-31828
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Why Michigan Motorists Continue to Kill Bicyclists With No Accountability

Biking ElsewhereBy Bryan Waldman, Bike Law

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"Damn near impossible” shouldn’t be the standard we require to convict a driver who chooses to drive in such a reckless manner when they kill a mother, father, sister, brother, or friend who is doing nothing more than lawfully riding a bike.
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[B' Spokes: Overall a good presentation of the issues around prosecuting dangerous drivers that kill.]

https://www.bikelaw.com/2017/05/02/why-michigan-motorists-continue-to-kill-bicyclists-with-no-accountability/
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The case for bicycles' inevitable triumph over cars

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: Between not enough parking to too much traffic and let's not even get into the cost of infrastructure, cars are a passing fad. Especially since electric bikes and bike share are making bike more popular and more assessable.] Inspiration

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/05/technology/bikes-disrupt-cars/index.html
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A Carmaker Talks About What Comes After Driving

Biking ElsewhereBy LAURA BLISS, City Lab

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“The existing infrastructure for motor vehicles simply cannot sustain the sheer number of vehicles expected to be on the road in the coming years,” he told the audience. “Our roadmap has to include not only smarter cars, but smarter roads and smarter cities.”
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https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2017/04/a-carmaker-talks-about-what-comes-after-driving/524127/
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We can't keep adding cars to our roads. Is it time to say goodbye?

Biking ElsewhereBy Anthony James, World Economic Forum

The average car is stationary 96% of the time. That’s a fairly consistent finding around the world, including in Australia. A car is typically parked at home 80% of the time, parked elsewhere 16% of the time, and on the move just 4% of the time. And that doesn’t include the increasing time we spend at a standstill in traffic.

Bill Ford, executive chair of the Ford Motor Company, says we’re heading for “global gridlock”. And he’s not alone in saying we cannot simply keep adding more cars to our roads.
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https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/02/why-it-might-be-time-to-ditch-your-car
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Where are the nation’s worst drivers? This data may hold the answer

Biking in MarylandMaryland Ranks 5 for speeding as well as hard braking with a overall ranking of 11

via http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/nations-worst-drivers-data-may-hold-answer/
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America Needs a 'Metropolitan Party'

PoliticsAn Interesting idea via City Lab https://www.citylab.com/politics/2017/04/america-needs-a-metropolitan-party/523065/
While the political divide does seem to be city vs rural so maybe the idea is to capture more of the suburban mind set. But I see just one problem, few seem to be doing the metropolitan area as a economic engine well. We are on the cutting edge of a lot of new concepts like complete streets which seem to be taken as a war on cars when really they are trying to get the streets to work well for everyone, including cars. Basically every thing we should be doing is fought tooth and nail because it does not continue old fashion ideals that the car is king so everyone should get a car. And that's just one issue that needs to be settled before a metropolitan party could become main stream.
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Cell phones are not what’s causing America’s epidemic of pedestrian fatalities

Biking ElsewhereBy Emiko Atherton, Smart Growth America, via Medium

More people drove in 2016 than in 2015, according to new data released this week by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). Alongside that increase was a disproportionately high rise in pedestrian fatalities — a trend that the authors attribute to increases in distracted driving and distracted walking.

This analysis is wrongheaded, and blames individuals for what is a systemic problem. The way we design and build streets is a fundamental part of whether people can walk safely along a road or whether they are at risk for being struck and killed. Street design does not seem to be a priority for GHSA — but it should be.

We know street design is part of this problem because there are patterns to where fatal collisions occur. Heat maps of pedestrian fatalities show that pedestrians are struck and killed by cars at the same intersections and along the same corridors over and over again. Are people using cell phones more in these locations? I doubt it. Street design plays a clear role.

And if street design is part of the problem it needs to be part of the solution. Instead of blaming pedestrians, GHSA would do better to explore how state highway departments — the groups they represent — can make streets safer for everyone from the ground up.

Reducing pedestrian fatalities needs a “yes and” approach. Should we reduce distracted driving? Yes. Should we reduce drunk driving? Yes. We should also change the way we design and build streets to protect people from fast-moving cars. Until that happens, it should surprise no one that pedestrian fatalities continue. This problem is bigger than our phones.

https://medium.com/@SmartGrowthAmerica/cell-phones-are-not-whats-causing-america-s-epidemic-of-pedestrian-fatalities-8ab944201249
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We all break traffic laws. Why are bicyclists different?

Biking ElsewhereBy Robbie Webber, State Smart Transportation Initiative

Bicyclists break traffic laws, but they do so at a lower rate than either drivers or pedestrians. It would be safe to say that almost 100 percent of roadway users break traffic laws. Yet the general public’s perception of lawbreaking behavior by drivers and bicyclists is vastly different—at least if you listen to talk radio or read the comments section to online news stories.
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In an article in the Journal of Transport and Land Use, Marshall concludes that while almost 100 percent of road users are scofflaws, regardless of mode, the reasons for lawbreaking differ. Drivers and pedestrians generally report that they are saving time. Saving time came in third as a reason for bicyclists, but personal safety was the top reason, with saving energy as second. Visibility to other road users was the fourth place answer.

All road users feel they are acting safely, and statistically they are. Even drivers who speed or run red lights have a small risk of a crash, even with decades of driving. However, if a fatal crash does happen, there is a 50 percent chance the fatality will be an innocent party. This is in contrast to the chances of an innocent-party fatality due to a scofflaw bicyclist, which is extremely rare.
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http://www.ssti.us/2017/04/we-all-break-traffic-laws-why-are-bicyclists-different/
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Pedestrians are dying at the highest rate in two decades

Biking ElsewhereBy Associated Press, New York Post

WASHINGTON — Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year — the highest total in more than two decades, according to an analysis of preliminary state data released Thursday.
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http://nypost.com/2017/03/30/pedestrians-are-dying-at-the-highest-rate-in-two-decades/

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