Weekly Links: After three deaths, is Atlanta taking a cue from Athens on e-scooters? Plus, just a reminder that Georgia and Florida still have a Water Wars case pending in the US Supreme Court (this story won’t end).
The Old Trolley Problem Only Has One Solution: Better Urban Design
Old vs. Young. Criminal vs. Dog. Pedestrian vs. Passenger. The thorny issue of who should be saved when autonomous vehicles encounter danger only has one solution: better urban design.
Urban Design by Corporation
From Facebook to Uber to electric scooters, corporations are demanding we change our behavior to adapt to their profit-driven technology. This is nothing new, but why do we continue to let it happen?
Not Only is the EPA’s Wasteful Spending Unpopular, Its Entire Mission is Unpopular
This week, another poll shows President Trump’s environmental policies are widely unpopular, though people don’t seem too concerned about drastically cutting the National Weather Service’s budget. Also, Sweden introduces the first road capable of charging electric vehicles while they drive. And a study by AAA shows hit-and-runs are increasing as more people are walking and cycling, though the report mentions nothing about creating less car-friendly and more people-friendly cities as a solution.
Policing Our Way Toward Walkability
While building large infrastructure projects is needed, the enforcement of basic traffic laws is an essential, and often overlooked, element of good transportation networks.
Drunk Pedestrian vs. Reckless Driver, Who Wins?
It’s 12 am. You’ve had a beer or 7 and now you’re walking home. Suddenly out of nowhere a car speeds around the corner and hits you straight on. The driver didn’t have his lights […]
Down with the Flashing Yellow Crosswalk Signals!
Usually I support most efforts designed to foster a good pedestrian atmosphere, but the flashing yellow crosswalk signals used throughout this country needlessly create uncertainty among drivers and a false sense of […]