Week in Traffic: Cycle Laws, Smarter Road Signs, and The Truck Driver’s Fight For Democracy

Should cyclist be registered too?

Cyclists residing in Georgia my soon need to register their bikes with the state – or get fined up to $100. The proposed licensing law — which has been gaining interest in state governments including California, Michigan, and Ohio —  would be the first of its kind in the country. In addition to requiring bikes licenses-plates the size of car-plates, the law also mandates single-file riding and restricts group travel. Read More Source: USA Today

A traffic jam worthy of the constitution

This morning, 45-plus trucks entered the Washington D.C. Beltway for the Truckers Ride for the Constitution rally. The newly-formed organization – which has already gained over 170,000 “likes” on Facebook – is protesting the government shutdown, low driver-wages and other issues they’ve deemed unconstitutional.  The “Truckers” plan to clog the beltway, by taking slow laps, for the next 24-hours and may continue through Monday. Their actions beg the question, “will traffic jams on the beltway be noticed?” Read More Source: Washington Post

These new LED signs help you get out of traffic

The best way to get around any big city is to travel with a local. That’s especially true if that city is Boston, notorious for unmanageable roads. Well, Boston’s Seaport District has found the next best thing. They’ve dotted the freeway with LED “time to destination” signs that give drivers alternative exits and estimate travel times for each route. Read More Source: Boston.com

This traffic safety equipment reduces carbon emissions

The City of Roanoke, Virginia saved over half a million dollars in energy costs by switching standard light bulbs with LED bulbs in traffic signals. The change — part of an overall strategy to reduce carbon emissions 12.5 percent – has pushed Roanoke past their goal by 3 percent and is responsible for a third of the city’s 4.2 million kilowatt-hours reduction. Roanoke City Council also reports the long-lasting bulbs have helped them save on labor and materials. Read More Source: The Roanoke Times