Today’s Headlines

  • Study: Txting-While-Driving Is the Most Dangerous Distraction of Them All (NYT)
  • Dealers Packing Showrooms as Cash for Clunkers Begins (WSJ, NY News)
  • CHSRB: "The Multi-Pronged Attack Against" California High Speed Rail 
  • Stim Money Being Weakened by Cuts in State Spending (Sac Bee)
  • Way Past Sharrows.  Bike Box Appears in Oakland (SF Streetsblog)
  • Stars of Parking Policy Rock the House at World Parking Symposium (Planetizen)
  • Speed Cams for Cars? Verboten. Blanketing a Train With Surveillance Cams? No Problem. (Post)
  • LA Can’t Drive Notes That LA Can’t Park (Part 1, Part 2)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • I moved this past weekend and in the U-haul, we could see at a different angle. My friend and I were just stunned at how many people were still talking and texting on hand-held cell phones while driving, and not paying close attention to the road.

    Start writing those tickets. Just having the law on the books doesn’t seem to be dissuading anyone.

  • http://www.humantransit.org/2009/04/seattle-transit-blog-is-reporting-some-grief-from-the-rainier-valley-area-in-southeast-seattle-regarding-king-county-metros.html

    Jarrett Walker has an interesting article here on “Why Circulators (Often) Don’t Work”.

    It makes for an interesting read. The comment section is generally well-informed too.

    Excerpts from this article:

    “People get on a bus because it takes them to (or at least toward) where they’re going. The shorter a route is, the fewer places it goes, and thus the fewer people will tend to get on it. Very short routes, say under 3 mi, tend to do very poorly unless they’re the sole means of reaching a major destination (such a shuttle between a major hospital and a nearby rail station.)”

    “If a neighborhood is served only with a circulator, this also puts the area one connection further away from most destinations.”

    “Further out in the suburbs, it’s entirely reasonable to force transfers to rail to reach downtown, because the cost of running buses parallel to light rail goes up as you get further out along the line. Even there, though, good design tries to provide these connections with fairly long bus routes that connect many suburban destinations to each other, to expand the range of places that people can reach with zero connections or one connection.”

    “Localized interests (such as developers, community groups, and small city governments) tend to invent short routes — “circulators” or “shuttles” — because they are thinking about their particular transport problem in isolation. Successful transit agencies, though, are always looking for how to serve these localized needs using longer routes that do many other things. It’s by combining markets, not by serving them separately, that successful transit corridors are made.”

  • Spokker

    Texting has got to be the worst invention ever invented. How people become obsessed with it I’ll never understand.

    It’s 100% believable that texting is more dangerous than driving drunk. At least when you’re driving drunk you are *technically* focusing on one thing.

  • M

    Are there any laws with texting and biking in California? I was somewhat blow away when I saw a guy biking on the street with neither hand on his bike because he was busy texting!