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Across cities in the U.S., municipal codes force homes, businesses, and offices to build way too much parking. One the most outrageous examples of parking regulations outlined by U.S. Pirg are the parking lots that are required of establishments like bars and nightclubs have. If driving while intoxicated can be deadly and illegal, why do so many of these have huge parking lots that encourage people to drive there? Especially considering that about one in
With about 54,000 residents, the city of Hoboken in New Jersey has reportedly recorded no traffic fatalities for three straight years. The city implemented the Vision Zero program two years ago, and it seems that it got to work quickly.    Vision Zero is an ambitious plan that aims to prevent all traffic fatalities and serious injuries worldwide. The program has had an impact on reducing traffic deaths, and especially pedestrian deaths, in some…
According to a newly released study from the U.S. Census Bureau, most people in the country commute to work by car, truck, or van, with only a small fraction of the population using public transit. The use of public transit for commuting was reportedly heavily concentrated in the New York metropolitan area.   In 2019, only 5% got to work using public transportation. On the other hand, 84.8% commuted in a vehicle that…
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is reportedly working to implement S.B. 1376, a 2018 bill that requires ride-hailing companies to make rides on their apps more readily available to wheelchair riders. The bill asked the CPUC to create a new “Access for All Fund,” which would be distributed to all ride-hail companies, like Uber and Lyft, to help them make necessary investments to provide wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs).   The CPUC is the agency…
CalBike’s E-Bike Affordability Bill recently had its first victory when the California Assembly Transportation Committee reportedly voted unanimously in support of this essential program. AB 117 would reportedly establish a pilot program to incentivize the purchase of electric bicycles by providing rebates as a means of reducing vehicle miles traveled, reducing air, water, and noise pollution, and helping Californians get more exercise.   During the hearing, a number of representatives of environmental groups and individuals,…
Two men and a 14-year-old boy were reportedly killed in a car crash after the vehicle slammed into a South Los Angeles Wells Fargo Bank building, which may have been the result of street racing. The crash was reported just after midnight at Central and Florence Avenues.    The 23-year-old Camarillo man, 32-year-old from Chino Hills, and 14-year-old Los Angeles boy, who were in a 2007 Toyota, were declared dead at the scene. The…
Last Feb., Tiger Woods reportedly crashed his SUV while speeding as fast as 87 mph — more than 45 mph above the legal limit. The golfer crashed his vehicle into a tree and began rolling over. Citing a data recorder in the luxury 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV, the vehicle at some points was going 68 to 86.99 mph before Woods failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway just outside Los Angeles.   But despite…
Uber and Lyft are reportedly offering cash incentives to entice drivers back on the road. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, both ride-hailing companies are facing severe driver shortages as the demand for rides has started to rise again.   As vaccination rates increase and different parts of the U.S. start to reopen, customer spending on Uber and Lyft increased 30% from Feb. to Mar. Uber reportedly said that total monthly bookings, including food delivery and…
As a recent Time Magazine article pointed out, electric vehicles (EVs) are shockingly quiet because their motors have few moving parts. As the author found out when he drove an all-electric Mustang Mach-E, he felt he “was driving a giant motorized iPad than the electrified successor to an iconic American muscle car.” That might sound like a blessing for urbanites who have to deal with traffic noise. However, the lack of noise can actually create…
After a drastic drop because of COVID, Metro transit ridership is reportedly gradually recovering from roughly 70%. The state and county’s relatively rapid steps toward reopening are proceeding more quickly than Metro’s slow crawl to restore transit service. By Mar. 2021, many bus lines were operating at about two-thirds of pre-COVID levels. This is likely to result in overcrowded buses.   In 2019, the system saw about 1.2 million weekday daily riders, and this…