Week In Traffic: Winter Driving Tips and New Leadership for U.S. DOT

What the Techies Can Tell Us About Safe Winter Driving

People aren’t good at driving in the snow. So Wired Magazine reached out to their tech-loving readers to build a definitive list of clever, but effective tips for safe winter driving. [Wired]
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Michigan Roads Are Now Open for Self Driving Cars

As part of an effort to re-claim their status as the automobile-mecca, Michigan recently passed legislation that makes it legal to test drive autonomous vehicles. Sponsoring senator, Mike Kowall(Republican) claims the change could be as revolutionary having a female CEO at General Motors. [Mlive]
Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta ASSOCIATED PRESS
Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta ASSOCIATED PRESS

Leadership Changes at the U.S. Department of Transportation

David Strickland has resigned as head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Association – a position he held for four years. During his tenure, Strickland helped actualize safety-first initiatives that curbed drunk and distracted driving. Chief Deputy, John Porcari has also resigned and will be replaced by former Federal Highway Administrator, Victor M. Mendez[Washington Post]
Photo Credit: Dallas Observer
Image Source: Dallas Observer

TEXpress “Managed Lane” Program Debutes

The Lyndon Bane Johnson Freeway in North Dallas recently opened its first managed lane program. Drivers are charged variable tolls — based on multiple factors including the time-of-day — for the use of “TEXpress” lanes, which guarantee a pace of 50 mph or more.  [Dallas Observer]
Source: Grant Smith via portlandtoportland.org
Source: Grant Smith via portlandtoportland.org

What U.S. Cities Are Doing Right When It Comes To Bicycle Networks

A recent study by New London Architects examines cities across the United States for tips on how to build better cycle networks. The report – which lists several infrastructure recommendations – highlights the key role of local advocacy groups and transportation authorities in building public support for cycling. [Future Cities] Photo Credit: j_silla on Flickr

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  1. Gordon, It seems to me that Obama and his minions have MADE it all about his peoasnrlity. All style and no substance. So what tools are left to one but the personal? At least at this point.

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