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  • ...A new study suggests "distracted walking" is taking a toll on teenagers as the number of pedestrian injuries soars among 16- to 19-year-olds even as it drops among nearly every other age group. The findings, out today from Safe Kids Worldwide, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that pushes to prevent unintentional childhood injuries, found that the number of teens injured in pedestrian accidents rose 25% in the five-year period from 2006 to 2010, compared with 2001-05.

    USA Today
  • The screams of women and children didn't cause a 100-year-old driver to stop as he backed his large powder blue Cadillac onto a sidewalk across from an elementary school and hit 11 people, including nine children....Four of the children were in critical condition when firefighters arrived but they were stabilized and were in serious condition at a hospital, city fire Capt. Jaime Moore said. Everyone was expected to survive, he said.

    SF Chronicle
  • Higher fines and a point on your license--the bill is on the governor's desk....According to Simitian’s office, Senate Bill 1310 increases the base fines for violating the hands-free cell phone and no texting while driving laws from $20 to $30 for a first offense, and from $50 to $60 for a subsequent offense....A second violation would add a “point” on a motorist’s driving record.

    Palo Alto Patch
  • On June 29, a "super derecho," a quick-moving wind and thunder storm, slammed 700-miles along the east coast including the Washington metro area, leaving 3.5 million household without power and causing 22 deaths...Fortunately, the derecho is a rarity, but weather--rain, wind, storms, and even termperature extremes--disrupt the flow of air travel every day. Weather is a serious, costly and frustrating force int he aviation industry. In fact, the Federal Aviation Administration estimates that 70 percent of all aviation delays are caused by weather events, costing the U.S. $27 billion in lost productivity annually and resulting in inconvenience and delays felt by the traveling public.

    The Hill
  • Park(ing) Day famously helped people all over the world re-envision the lowly parking spot, encouraging DIY urbanists for one day each fall to transform these spaces in their cities into parks, playgrounds, pop-up cafés – anything other than their intended use

    Atlantic Cities
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    Agenda 21 conspiracy theories – those that posit the United Nations is preparing to take over the United States by way of bike lanes and smart growth (previously seen herehere, and here) – may seem at first glance like the zealous rantings of those with too much time on their hands. How else to describe the people that appear at local town council meetings with bullhorns and placards decrying an international socialist conspiracy in local zoning codes?

    Atlantic Cities
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    The gridlocked freeways of California are the stuff of infamy, so when the state’s Air Resources Board began administering a sticker program granting drivers of plug-in hybrids a free pass into high-occupancy-vehicle lanes, a flood of applications was expected. The flood, however, has instead been a trickle.

    New York Times
  • Although it’s still early, the fears that Muni would be overrun by freeloaders due to its new all-door boarding policy are thus far unfounded.

    SF Examiner
  • Following the deaths of six road workers and motorists in highway construction zones last month, state officials are vowing to clamp down on speeding drivers and get them to heed California's "Move Over, Slow Down" law as the heavily traveled Labor Day weekend approaches.

    Mercury News
  •  Police are remidning the public that the Dumbarton bridge will be closed Labor Day weekend.

    Oakland Tribune